William Villiers “Bill” Udall (1874-1962)

William Villiers “Bill” UDALL (1874-1962)

Born in Douglas, Isle of Man on 12 September 1874, he was the son of Charles Udall (c1839-1896) and Sarah Holloway (c1836-1915). He came to Canada in 1890 and settled near Boissevain. He was Editor and Publisher of the Boissevain Recorder weekly newspaper from 1905 to 1945. He served on the Boissevain Board of Trade and the Boissevain municipal council and was a director of the Children’s Aid Society of Western Manitoba. He was made a life a member of the Manitoba Weekly Newspapers Association and the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association.


On 09 April 1902, he married Cassandra Cassett “Cassie” Brondgeest (1879-1966) at Boissevain and they had four daughters: Mona Lillian Udall (1903-2001, wife of H. Ridgely), Gwendoline Udall (1904-1989, wife of W.F. Graham), Una Willa Udall (1907-2000, wife of R.J. Gillespie), and Elizabeth “Betty” Udall (1914-2001, wife of G.S. Dinwoodie). He was a member of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. In retirement, he lived in Winnipeg from 1949 to 1956, and in Brandon from 1956 to his death.

He died in Brandon on 31 October 1962 and was buried in the Boissevain Cemetery. He is commemorated by Lake Udall at the International Peace Garden, in recognition of his key role in its establishment.


  • Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
  • Obituary [Gwendoline Graham], Times Colonist [Victoria, BC], 15 January 1989, page 31.
  • Obituary [Elizabeth Kathleen Dinwoodie], The Globe and Mail, 12 July 2001.


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