Ralph Carrette Day
Section R, Lot 3
Ralph Carrette Day, born November 21, 1898,) was mayor of Toronto, Ontario from 1938 to 1940. He was also an accomplished funeral director, owning his own funeral home. He was a member of the Orange Order in Canada. In 1916, at the age of 17, Day joined the Canadian army to fight in World War I. He would fight and survive action at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Day entered municipal politics in the 1930s, first as an alderman and then as a Controller before being elected mayor in 1938 and served until 1940. Italian-Canadian men were interned by the federal government shortly after Italy declared war on Canada during World War II; Day announced on June 11, 1940 that their families, despite now lacking a breadwinner, would be denied welfare stating “This country is at war with Italy and Italians cannot very well expect us to spend money for war purposes for the purpose of maintaining alien enemies.” In 1963 Day became chairman of the Toronto Transit Commission a position he would hold until 1972. Day died on May 21, 1976.