Mr.Bentley, You are missed. I am a past student who you have made a positive affective on. thank you.
I was a student of "Mr. Bentley's" in the mid 70's at William Beagle. I know most people remember Sid for his religions class, but he also left a great legacy as a teacher. I still remember - and most of all use - what he taught us in electronics, drafting, and surveying.
Soh cah toa - Sid!
RIP Mr Bentley. Your memory will live on forever in the hearts of those who knew you!
I taught with Sid for many years. He loved his job and his students. His religious course was very popular with the students as He became a Hindu, a Jew, a Muslim,a Christian and you believed his beliefs. I really believe if his course had been taught in Canada and around the world; our planet would be a more tolerant place today. I saw Sid at the hospice and he gave us a smile. He will be sorrowfully missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
Marsene Ross Couillard
Mr. Bentley was one of my favourite teachers during school. I still think of him often and fondly. Rest in Peace Mr. B.
Mr. Bentley was a wonderful teacher, who I had the privilege to work with during my teach training years. I always rember our religion field trips fondly. You taught me a great deal and I hope I can foster tolerance, acceptance and love like you did with your students.
After hearing about Sid's passing I took a long walk in my neighbourhood, something Sid once suggested as a way of getting to know each other. Stop and say hello, ask how things are going, wish people well, share a smile. I am confident he is still carrying out his advice in the better place he now is residing. I hope the following words will provide some measure of comfort as we collectively mourn the loss of a wonderful person.
"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.~Kahlil Gibran"
Mr. Bentley was a great teacher. So many of us were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in his class. My condolences to the Bentley family.
Love you Poppa! As much as i am glad that you are in a better place, I still miss you more than anything in the entire world!
Sid was my teacher 25 years ago and I remember him very well. He was a fantastic teacher with a great sense of humour and a kind heart. My condolences to his family.
this candle is alight with love and thoughts
from your old friends
I had Mr Bentley as a homeroom teacher in Grade 8 and 9. I don't have one particular memory of him, I just remember that he seemed to have a very positive light around him. He was kind and caring. I was sad that there were only 2 students at his funeral today.
I have had your picture up in my classroom for the last 14 years. I have introduced you to my parents and some of my most special students. There is so much I have learned from you over the years about tolerance, acceptance and respect. Boy, I will miss you, and I am a better person because you were a part of my life.
I only met Sid through a brief World Religions field trip I took in my grade 12 year nearly 2 years ago.
However, that field trip was made by his energy and knowledge. He was funny and knowledgable - and had more energy than many of us did at 17. I don't know how that field trip will be without him - but it (and I'm sure everything he was involved with) will be missing his energy.
Condolences to the family. Mr Bentley touched many, many people. RIP.
Mr.Bentley was an amazing educator, he not only taught but opened our minds to the world around us. I took his multifaith course at William Beagle, which was one of the most influential courses in my life. God bless you Mr.Bentley.....you left a beautiful mark on this earth.
Reflecting on Uncle Sid's life, that which stands out the most is his enthusiasm, his quest for knowledge, his passion for the subjects he taught, and his tireless desire to pass along his knowledge to those he met. He will be greatly missed.
If anyone is wondering whether or not one person can really affect the world, just have them read all of the comments people have made about Sid Bentley...
I was a student of Sid's at William Beagle before the World Religions courses for which he is justifiably recognized. And, I had the chance to spend a couple of hours alone with him a few weeks before he died. We had a "nuts and bolts" conversation; no beating around the bush. Despite the fact that we hadn't talked for close to 40 years, it was as if we'd been lifelong friends. Clearly, he'd had a lasting effect on me.
During the conversation, Sid emphasized a few things that I think are worth sharing with everyone:
1) Sid believed that he'd had a good life and was content with what he had accomplished. Sid had gotten into teaching because he wanted to give back to the world and make it a better place, knowing that the only true legacy a person can have is to help others along the way and to try to make the world a better place.
2) Sid firmly believed that all of mankind, nature, and some sort of spiritual world are connected. He had a benefactor who had made it possible for him to leave the world of sales and become a teacher, who had recognized that helping spread truth and understanding was Sid's calling. Sid believed that nobody can make it through life alone; it's our relationships with others that matter.
3) during our two hours together, he mentioned at least half a dozen times that the best thing that ever happened to him was his wife, Shelia. Sid said he could never quite figure out what she saw in him when they first met, but was sure happy that she saw something!
Like so many others, I am very glad to have had Sid as a teacher.
Mr. Bentley, you were an outstanding teacher and will be greatly missed.
Hey Sid...you were a bright light in this profession. Your engaging style of conversation and your knowledge of so many diverse topics made you a wonderful and inspiring teacher, and your Religions of the World course was a great example to the youth of an increasingly diversified Surrey during those years at Beagle...and Sid we had a great time at your parties too, with the Beagle crowd of those years, and of course that was a great staff, dynamic and fun both in and out of the school....Sid, I don't know where you are right now, but I am sure that where ever it is you are making quite an impression already...and so I send you my best wishes. All the very best to you my friend...forever.
Mr Bentley was a fantastic teacher of World Religions and Shop and an all around great person.I Just the other day was looking at a report card He had signed at Beagle
My Heart goes out to the Family. I have great memories of Mr. Bentley's Classes at Beagle. He will be sorely missed.
Mr. Bentley was my grade 8 socials studies teacher. I remember fondly the section on world religions. He had a passion for making us understand the philosophies of different beliefs and respecting those ideas. May he rest in peace.
Mr. Bentley, was a very knowledgeable teacher who had a passion for teaching. I will never forget his "chocolate bar"questions!
One of my favourite teachers. Learnt a lot in his class. So very sorry. My sincere condolences
I will always remember our talks on religion Sid was such a fountain of information, may he rest in peace.
Mr.Bently was a great teacher! I took his Social Studies and World Religion classes many years ago. Mr. Bentley was a kind and caring person who was always willing to help others.
My condolences to his family.
thoughts go out to the bentley family mr.bentley was a great teacher his classes were always exiting
One of my favorite teachers at william Beagle 1980 :)Very inspiring!
RIP Mr Bentley.you will be missed by many.
Mr.Bentley was one of the best teachers I ever had! I am sad to learn of his passing. My deepest sympathies to the family!
Sid reached a lot of people with his temple tours and obvious rapport with many different kinds of people. I went on a tour with him through temples in Richmond with my Global Issues club in the 90s, so interesting. Condolences to the family, you must miss him.
rest in peace, colleague.
Julia MacRae, Surrey teacher
My condolences to the Bentley family. Sid's work with world religions and teaching respect and commonality among his fellow man will forever be etched in the minds of my students. Sid and I worked together on various filed trips and experiences for kids for the past 10 years and we always enjoyed his stories and the way he made the faiths come alive to us. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered.
A passionate educator who gave of himself generously to everyone he met.
Sorry to hear about Mr. Bentley's passing. I was a student at William Beagle and took Social Studies and World Religions in particular from him. He was a great teacher, and I remember his gentle way of opening our minds to the world beyond our own homes. He also inspired me to facilitate/teach a class on world religions in my own congregation, many years ago now. Thank you Mr. Bentley!
Sid was my teacher of multiple years and courses, and then a personal friend of my family's as we summered at Watcom Lake over the years. He was kind, sincere and compassionate. His gentle understanding and encouragement played a large role in my education and he made a huge impact on my life. Sid was an incredible man and I am honoured to have shared time with him. I will never forget Sid, and I will forever remember his ready smile and wit. To Sid: tight lines and plentiful fish - you were very much loved and appreciated.
Uncle Sid was an inspiration to me as I continued my education as an adult. Condolences to Aunt Sheila and cousins. Gwen Harmen (Nee Triffo)
I am a former Beagle student who was lucky to take his World Religion class. 27 years later, he plays a part in who I am today.
I am a former student from Beagle, I loved his World Religion class and am grateful he taught it. 27 years later, he played a part in who I am today.
My sincere condolences to your family. Sid was an exceptional communicator and a respected colleague. A. Bragagnolo.
Dear Sheila and family We are so saddened to hear of Sid's passing.our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of need. Love Bob and Marion Creswell
What a wonderful gentleman! We had the pleasure of meeting Sid several years ago when he did a World Religions seminar at our church. The place was packed. His sense of humour and dedication in making the world a better place will be very much missed.
My deepest condolences to your family.