Dixon Road

Dixon Road is named for Alderman William G. Dixon

Residence at 161 Norman St.

Alderman William G. Dixon

William G. Dixon was a Stratford alderman from 1960 through 1963.

That was after he had been the city's assessment commissioner 45 years, before he retired from that post in 1959.

Born in England, he came to Canada in 1912. He initially booked passage on the Titanic, but plans changed at the last minute and he crossed the Atlantic on the Cymric. Still, early reports listed Dixon's name and age (19) among the Titanic's victims.

After farming for his first 18 months at Carmunnock, about three miles west of West Monkton, he saved enough money to put himself through the Central Business College in Stratford. After completing his course, he was appointed assistant building inspector for the city in 1914 and was later promoted to building inspector. In 1927 he was transferred to the assessment commissioner's staff, and took the lead post there in 1932.

At the time of his death in 1963 at age 70, he was serving his second term on city council and was chairman of the health and welfare committee. He had also served on the board of health and the Stratford General Hospital board of directors. Source: Streets of Stratford 2004