William D. McFetridge was a union leader and later, president of the Chicago Parks District. The union he represented was the Building Service Employees International Union, of which he became president in 1940. He later served as a vice president for the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
McFetridge supported building construction in Chicago. Of the Marina City residential towers near Chicago’s loop, he welcomed employment opportunities for those he represented, saying, “our jobs are at stake” (New York Times, March 17, 1969).
McFetridge also served the Chicago Park District. He joined the district’s board in 1944 and became the board’s president in 1967. When McFetridge died in 1969, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley stated that his passing “was a great loss to the people of Chicago and a deep personal loss to me. He served with distinction and provided active leadership” (Chicago Tribune, March 18, 1969).