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William John Dixon (1888-1966)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, March 24, 1966


    A well-known figure in Whitehorse, William John Dixon, passed away in Whitehorse General Hospital on Friday, March 11, aged 77. Funeral services were held from Whitehorse Baptist Church on March 15, with the Rev. Elwood Hill in charge.

    Born in 1888 in the town of Orangeville, Ontario, he was the youngest of a family of 13. After receiving a university education in that province, he moved to Vancouver about 1905 where he was employed as a bookkeeper.

    He was married in 1917 and the following year moved to Saskatchewan where he was engaged for several years in road construction.

    In 1942 Mr. Dixon moved north to Dawson Creek and two years later came to the Yukon. For about five years he was employed as a guard at the RCAF Station, Whitehorse, then for several years was a janitor at the Whitehorse Elementary School, from which he was recently retired .

    Mr. Dixon was predeceased by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He leaves to mourn three sons, William, Lloyd and Verne, a daughter-in-law Sadie, and six sisters, as well as a host of friends throughout the north.

    Mr. Dixon's sudden death was a shock to his relatives in Vancouver and Victoria. He was planning a visit there soon.