Posted by Ian Edwards <email@example.com>
on Wed, 17 Nov 1999 21:11:57 -0800
Derrick from Ian Edwards:
I knew Bill Zeigler "slightly". I joined Inland Cement in 1974 just
after he had left as President. He had a reputation there as a Holy
Terror and Zeigler stories, good and bad as found with all great men,
abound. A dusty cement plant circa 1970 especially, he had a flunky
each day go out to the parking lot and tarp his car immediately after
his arrival. Of course his arrival and departure were just like the
arrival of any general. I got to know him slightly - a humble market
planning analyst would never deign to consider that he could really know
the Big Man. It was Zeigler‘s personal will, on the Board of Genstar,
that got the firm to commit to building what would today be a several
billion dollar plant expansion in Edmonton, done without ANY real market
demand study - just his faith in the future of the Alberta economy. We
actually got along quite well once he found out I was in the PRes and
even better when he found out I had transferred to the Cadet List, as he
was a founder of the Army Cadet League. And he knew EXACTLY who I was!
I visited Zeigler three years ago when he was briefly a resident at the
Mewburn Veteran‘s Centre in Edmonton. In severe pain, and what I thought
to be on his death-bed, within two days of arrival he had forced the
admin. staff to advise him of the background of all the residents, and
when I mentioned that my father was a resident Dad was 2nd Div and
their paths had never crossed before the Mewburn Zeigler told me ALL
One correction to the published news reports. At the CNR Zeigler was
first and foremost put in charge of reorganizing the Newfoundland
division, straw-bossing many PEng‘s to get it done. He quickly whipped
that line into shape before posting to Montreal.
I wouldn‘t call him charismatic, but by God, you‘d have better done it
the best you could or all **** was to pay. I didn‘t get to your funeral,
Big Bill, as I have an infectious cold, but I sure would have liked to
to pay tribute to the last of your type. And pity, that there are no
more like you!
Ian G. Edwards
Derrick Forsythe wrote:
> BGen Zeigler passed away over the weekend - for those of you unfamiliar with
> his career he was the guy who fired a Whiskey Target in the Liri valley
> Italy in ‘44 something like 663 guns rate 5. He started as a boy soldier in
> 61 Bty in the 30‘s prior to heading off to europe in 39.
> One of the few war heros we had left....
> William Smith Ziegler
> CBE, DSO, ED
> B.Sc.Eng. Civil P Eng
> Brigadier retired
> W.S. Ziegler died in Edmonton on Sunday, the 14th of November after a brief
> illness. He was 88.
> Born in Calgary in1911, the son of William George Ziegler and Elizabeth
> Smith, Bill received his early schooling in that city. He served in the
> Second World War with the Canadian Army in Italy and Holland. He was
> promoted Brigadier at age 33 as Commander Royal Artillery, First Canadian
> Infantry Division. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1944
> and was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1945.
> Bill served with the British Foreign Office in occupied Germany, later
> joining Canadian National Railways in Montreal where he rose to be
> vice-president personnel. Bill served as president of Inland Cement from
> 1956 until his retirement in 1973.
> One of his proudest accomplishments was earning his B.Sc.Engineering Civil
> in 1995, at age 84, from the University of Alberta. His studies had been
> interrupted in 1939 when he went to war. Bill remembered his alma mater:
> "They gave me an orderly mind," he said.
> He served as director of Genstar Limited, as a governor of the Arctic
> Institute of North America, as vice-chair of the Mid Canada Development
> Corridor Corp., as honorary Colonel of the COTC at the University of
> Alberta, was general chairman of the fourth and seventh conferences of the
> National Northern Development Conference series.
> He was a member of the advisory council of CESO, served as a member of the
> Salvation Army Edmonton Advisory Board and the Duke of Edinburgh‘s Award in
> Canada. He helped with the founding of Junior Achievement in northern
> Alberta and the Edmonton Community Chest, now the United Way.
> Bill‘s wife Mildred Elizabeth Dean died in 1980, his grandson William in
> 1981. He is survived by his son, Rod and daughter-in-law Gretchen.
> Bill died well with the same courage, determination and single mindedness
> of purpose that he showed throughout his life. Ubique!
> Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, 17 November at 1:30 p.m., St.
> Andrews United Church, 9915-148 Street. In lieu of flowers, donations to
> the Salvation Army or the charity of choice.
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