It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Dr. William George Bensen, MD, FRCPC, Diplomate A.B.I.M. on March 15th, 2017 at the young age of 67.
Son of Dr. H.W. “Benny” and Dorothy Bensen, Bill grew up in Hamilton. He attended Westmount High School and graduated from McMaster University’s Medical School in 1973.
Husband to Wynn Bensen (nee Reid) for 31 years; Father to Robert (Lyndsay), Ryan (Justine), and Jayson (Kate); Grandfather to William, Jack, and Baby Bensen.
Oldest brother of Sally, Michael, Andrew, Sean, Geoff, Patrick, Richard, and Mandy.
Bill leaves behind a loving and close-knit family to celebrate and honour his legacy.
Bill was known to most as an exceptional and gifted Rheumatologist who practiced in Hamilton for nearly 40 years. He dedicated his life’s work to advancing the medical care available in Rheumatology by taking on cutting edge research programs in an effort to improve treatment. He was a driving force behind the Team-based style of medicine in Rheumatology, which integrated his nursing staff into his practice and led to a higher standard of care for his patients. He loved his staff, and treated them like they were his family.
He dedicated himself to passing along his knowledge to the Doctors and Nurses of the future. Bill was a highly regarded Clinical Professor at McMaster University, and was a keynote speaker at the University’s White Coat Ceremony. He helped to establish the Annual Founders’ Dinner, and Joy of Rheumatology events.
There was never a patient that was untreatable. He was passionate about his patient care. With a twinkle in his eye and an earnest smile, Bill treated tens of thousands of patients with compassion and joy.
Bill was also known as an avid historian and arts supporter. His love for Canadian Art and Antiques was boundless, and he was always thinking of new and exciting ways to highlight the beauty of Canada.
Over the years, Bill amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of Canadian and British History, especially British Naval History. He was proudly Canadian, and had a great number of stories about our country on queue to discuss should anyone ask.
He was an immensely proud Hamiltonian whose presence and energy was felt by the entire community.
He will be dearly missed and remembered by all.
A donation can be made to the Three Wishes Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bill’s honour; a place where he worked proudly, loved unapologetically, and received wonderful care in his final hours. A special thank you is extended to the Emergency and Intensive Care Unit Teams.
Visitation will take place on Monday March 20th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and 7:00pm to 9:00pm, and Tuesday March 21st from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and 7:00pm to 9:00pm in BAY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME “William J. Markey Chapel”, 947 Rymal Road East, HAMILTON (905.574.0405). A Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday March 22nd at 3:00pm in West Highland Baptist Church, 1605 Garth Street, Hamilton.
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