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WILLIAM (BILL) LLOYD BENSON 1920 - 2012 Sadly, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease, Bill passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Deer Lodge Centre. Bill was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Eliza, his cherished daughter Patricia, his sisters Edith (Daniel), and Cam (Glen), his brothers Joseph (Cecilia), and the mother of Pat and Bill, Betty Harvey. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Norma, his son Bill (Linda) and grandchildren Jenna (Mike), Danielle (Kevin), Scott, and Christopher, his son-in-law Brian Zytaruk, and granddaughter Vanessa. He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bill grew up in the Wolseley area of Winnipeg, where he discovered his passion for hockey. He played three years with the Winnipeg Monarchs in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. At the age of 20 he signed his first professional contract with the New York Americans, of the NHL. Bill left hockey to join the Canadian Navy and served as a Lieutenant aboard the frigates, HMCS Cloyoquot and HMCS Grou. After the war Bill played in the AHL with the Pittsburgh Hornets. Bill was honoured to have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986. Betty and Bill married in 1942 and raised their family in Winnipeg. Bill was a devoted and loving father and grandfather who instilled his values of good manners, and respect for others by the example he set. Bill had many happy times while babysitting his grandchildren and always involved himself wholeheartedly in their games and activities. Bill's business career began with Great West Life in 1950, in the Group Office. He was proud of the company and the outstanding people he worked with over the years. After Bill retired in 1985 he was made a honorary member of the American Dental Association for his dedicated service to the members of the ADA. Bill participated in many sports. He played squash at the Winnipeg Winter Club with a group of close friends for many years and also enjoyed golf and tennis. He also belonged to several bridge clubs. He was an avid sailor, competing in Lightning Class Regattas in Canada and the Caribbean. One of Bill's greatest honours was placing fourth in the Canadian National Sailing Team, in the Lightning Class Finals in 1971. Norma and Bill met in 1975 and after a long distance courtship between Winnipeg and Vancouver they married in 1982. They enjoyed travelling and walking and spent their winters in Vancouver. Bill's quiet, kind, and gentlemanly ways will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank the staff of the Special Care Unit, T3, at Deer Lodge for their exceptional care and support over the past two years. A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will take place at McClure United Church, 533 Greenwood Place on Thursday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Judy Limpright officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Deer Lodge Foundation, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3. Bardal Funeral Home, 774-7474 Condolences: www.bardal.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 11, 2012
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