Bill Richardson

Heading one of Canada’s most successful and widely recognized laundries is William S. Richardson, who although not yet in his forties, has had some 25 years of experience in his field.  The Crown Laundry of Sherbrooke was founded by the present general manager’s father Ernest R. Richardson who in 1940 left Sherbrooke to take over the management of the Crown Laundry of Westmount in Montreal, leaving Bill his son in charge.

In 1948 Bill designed and installed a modern new building for his company utilizing most of the modern methods and machinery.  Four years later he was elected a director of the Canadian Research Institute of Launderers and Cleaners at Ottawa.  The following year Bill received the Bronze Plaque from the American Institute of Laundering, Joliet Illinois, for outstanding achievement in the Laundry Industry.

In 1954 Bill was elected president of the Canadian Research Institute, which his father helped to found in 1934.  The elder Mr. Richardson also served as president of the CRI in 1936 and 1937.  Bill was again named to the industry which now tops the $100 million mark in sales in 1956.  This is the first time that the twin industries have been privileged in having the second generation as president.

In addition Mr. Richardson is a past director of the Sherbrooke Rotary Club, past president of the Canadian Sanitone Cleaners Association, past governor of St. George’s Club, past president of the RCAF Association, Director of the YMCA, president of the Boy Scouts Executive of Lennoxville, Governor of the Sherbrooke Hospital and married with four children.

Mr Richardson was born and educated in Sherbrooke (SHS) and took over the Company in 1940.

During the war he served five years with the Royal Canadian Air Force.  While on enlistment in the RCAF in 1941 he served in the laundry division, setting up several laundry and dry cleaning establishments for the Government until his discharge in 1946 when he returned to civilian life.