Feedback requested • Closes March 5, 2017

Share your views of the proposal to name the Water Reservoir & Pumping Station at Sunnidale Park in honour of H. John Murphy (1918-1983).

About H. John Murphy

In 1940, Mr. Murphy was the first engineer graduate hired by Barrie's Public Utilities Commission (PUC). During his nearly 40 year tenure, he was responsible for creating Barrie’s modern electricity and water systems.

Two years later, he volunteered for war service and was assigned to the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade's Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers regiment. He was the most junior Allied engineering officer to work on secret weapons’ projects and his engineer support unit was the first to follow the fighting troops into France on D-Day.

On demobilization in 1946, Mr. Murphy returned to the PUC. In his nearly 40 years there, he oversaw and directed the expansion of the City’s water and electrical systems as Barrie grew rapidly. Under his leadership as General Manager, the PUC’s efficiency (including low rates and infrequent power outages) was a major factor in attracting industry to Barrie.

In his lifetime, Mr. Murphy was President of the Ontario Municipal Electric Association, a Director and Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgian Bay Region of the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities, Chairman of the Advisory Vocational Committee of the Simcoe County Board of Education, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Municipal Staff Civil Defence, and the Advisory Board of Barrie District Central Collegiate.

In 1971 he was given an Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities of Ontario award in recognition of his service as President for “conducting the business of the Association both in Canada and Internationally… to the credit of Hydro in Ontario”.

Naming Process

The Municipal Naming Policy sets out the processes and criteria for dedicating Municipal Assets. To date, the process for naming the Sunnidale Park Water Reservoir & Pumping Station includes:
  • Request for naming received and reviewed on December 19, 2016
  • Public feedback requested from February 1, 2017 to March 5, 2017
  • Recommendation to be presented at General Committee later in 2017

The deadline for comments is Sunday, March 5, 2017 by 11:45pm. For more information please contact (705) 739-4204 or