In Celebration of

Hazel McCallion

February 14, 1921 -  January 29, 2023

It is with much sadness and a very heavy heart that the family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, and Mississauga’s former mayor and biggest champion, Hazel McCallion. She passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at the age of 101.

Hazel was married to Sam McCallion, who passed away in 1997. She is survived by her three children, Paul (Marie), Linda Burgess (the late Peter) and Peter McCallion, and her granddaughter, Erika.

Hazel McCallion was born on February 14, 1921 in Port Daniel, Quebec, a small fishing community on the Gaspe Peninsula. She played professional hockey until moving to Toronto to work with Canadian Kellogg for 19 years.

In 1967 she left the corporate world to devote her career to politics. She was mayor of Streetsville from 1970-1973. In 1974, Streetsville, Port Credit and the town of Mississauga amalgamated to form the City of Mississauga. McCallion was elected as Mississauga’s third mayor in 1978.

In 1979, only one year as mayor, McCallion evacuated over 230,000 city residents due to chlorine and chemicals emitted from the explosion of train cars in what became known as the “Mississauga Miracle.” McCallion was successful in 12 straight municipal elections and was nicknamed “Hurricane Hazel” for her tenacity and her desire to create change in her City. While in office as Mayor of Mississauga she tripled the population, while operating the City debt free. She is the past chair, honorary chair and honorary member of many committees and associations across Canada such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and World Conference of Mayors and Women’s World Hockey Tournament.

She was inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005, to the Order of Ontario in 2021, and was runner up as World Mayor in 2005. In 2014, McCallion authored her autobiography, Hurricane Hazel – A Life with Purpose. Since stepping down at the end of her term in 2014, she worked as the Chief Elder Officer of Revera Incorporated, was appointed as Special Advisor to the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), and was named the first Chancellor of Sheridan College. In 2016, February 14 was renamed Hazel McCallion Day across the province of Ontario in honour of McCallion’s birthday. She made many causes her passion, but throughout her life, she always supported youth and their development, championing many causes to provide young people with opportunity.

There will also be a livestream of the funeral for those who are unable to attend in person, please use the link below.


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C. Pavao (Resident of Mississauga)

Entered January 29, 2023 from Mississauga

The end of an Era. Our beloved former mayor Hazel McCallion will forever remain in our hearts as the greatly admired mayor of the people of Mississauga. I had the pleasure of meeting her at one of the many fundraisers she graciously attended and I found her to be kind, friendly & very intelligent. We will miss you mayor McCallion. Rest In Peace

Cyn (Went to the same church - Trinity Streetsville)

Entered January 29, 2023 from Mississauga

Deepest condolences to Hurricane Hazel. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Thank you for your leadership to the city of Mississauga and Ontario. May you rest in peace 🙏🏾

Judy Pitcher (Former resident of Mississauga)

Entered January 29, 2023 from Grand Forks

RIP Hazel, you were a force of nature and a great role model. Your spirit, strength and determination will be missed.

Joseph Napolitano (Resident)

Entered January 29, 2023 from Mississauga, Ontario Canada

RIP Hazel, Thank you for your many many many years of service to the residents of the City you built, Mississauga. You will be dearly missed by all those you had a impact on including mine.

Alex Gregory (Friend)

Entered January 29, 2023 from Missisaauga, ON

An inspiration, leader visionary, friend to many... Hazel was all of these descriptors and so much more. I was honored to consider her a friend.

Rest easy. You earned your legacy and then some
Missisaauga wouldn't be a fragment of what it is without your guidance and leadership.

Life Stories 

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C.P. Wilson (Admirer of “Hurricane Hazel” = a powerhouse)

Entered January 30, 2023 from Mississauga, ON

Online timeline of our 5-star Mayor Hazel.

TIMELINE: Major moments in the life of Hazel McCallion, Mississauga's iconic former mayor

Steve Cornwell
Mississauga News
Monday, January 30, 2023

Following the death of "Hurricane" Hazel McCallion, Mississauga's longest-tenured mayor we compiled some of her key moments through the years.

Feb. 14, 1921: Hazel Journeaux is born in Port Daniel, Que. She’s the youngest of five children and grew up on the family farm.

1940: Plays semi-pro hockey in Montreal for the Kik Cola women’s team.

1942: Starts work at engineering and construction firm M.W. Kellogg in Montreal. She is later transferred to the company’s Toronto office.

1951: Marries Sam McCallion and moves to Streetsville. They met at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Toronto.

1953: Peter McCallion, the first of her three children, is born.

1964: Starts newspaper Streetsville Booster with Sam McCallion.

1968: Becomes deputy reeve of Streetsville, after losing her first election to George Parker years earlier.

1970: Becomes mayor of Streetsville, defeating former mayor Bill Tolton. She’s the first woman to hold the job.

UPDATE: Longtime Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion dies at 101

Hazel McCallion, who became the first female mayor of Streetsville after an election in December 1969, gets a victory hug from her husband Sam. - Metroland file photo

1974: Elected councillor for the newly formed City of Mississauga and Region of Peel.

1978: Elected mayor of Mississauga, upsetting incumbent Ron Searle by 3,000 votes.

1979: Leads city through Mississauga Miracle, a CP train derailment involving explosions and the release of dangerous liquid chlorine. The derailment led to over 200,000 residents evacuating their homes but no reported deaths.

1980: McCallion is acclaimed mayor with no competition.

1981: Conflict of interest case filed against McCallion for participating in a meeting where land that she and her husband owned was to be released for development.

1982: A court finds that McCallion violated conflict of interest rules but “made an honest error in judgment” related to the meeting and would not have to vacate her seat.

1984: Construction starts for Mississauga Civic Centre, a new city hall building McCallion is instrumental in developing.

Hazel McCallion at the 1980 Great Salmon Hunt at Port Credit Marina. The Coho, weighing seven pounds, was caught by 12-year-old Kevin Annis. - Toronto Star file photo

1985: Re-elected as mayor.

1987: McCallion presides over the official opening of the Civic Centre with a visit from Prince Andrew.

1988: Acclaimed mayor.

1991: Re-elected as mayor.

1994: Re-elected as mayor.

1997: Sam McCallion dies after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

2000: Re-elected as mayor.

2001: Metroland Media, which owns The Mississauga News, bought The (Streetsville) Booster newspaper and continued publishing it until 2014.

2003: Re-elected as mayor.

2005: McCallion appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours.

2006: Re-elected as mayor, capturing over 90 per cent of the vote.

2009: McCallion faces a judicial review of her role in a $14.4-million land deal involving her son Peter.

2010: Re-elected for her 12th term as mayor and what she later said is her last.

2011: Judicial review finds McCallion’s actions around her son’s development deal “raise significant concerns” and recommends reforms to city’s code of conduct and Ontario’s municipal conflict-of-interest laws.

Accompanied by attorney Elizabeth McIntyre, Hazel McCallion, 92, arrives at Brampton Superior Court April 11, 2013 where she testified in a conflict-of-interest case. ~ Toronto Star file photo

2013: Ontario court dismisses conflict-of-interest case against McCallion related to $14.4-million land deal involving her son.

2014: McCallion, 93 at the time, has her last day as Mississauga mayor.

Hazel McCallion chaired her last council meeting on Nov. 26, 2014. She removes her chain of office for the last time. ~ Metroland file photo

2016: Feb. 14, McCallion’s birthday, proclaimed as Hazel McCallion Day in Ontario.

2020: Mississauga council announces the city will rename its largest library the Hazel McCallion Central Library after the former mayor.

2021: McCallion is named to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour. That year she also appeared publicly to encourage city residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

2022: Premier Doug Ford announces that the Hurontario LRT will be named the Hazel McCallion Line. The announcement was made on her 101st birthday with McCallion in attendance.

2023: Never one to shy away from controversy, McCallion, who was Ontario's Greenbelt Council chair, issues a public letter in support of the Ford government's move to open the Greenbelt for development.

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RIP … McCallion dies Jan. 29, 2023 in her Mississauga home.

~ with files from Toronto Star and John Stewart


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