Harry Benson

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14 May, 1923 to 19 June, 2012 Harry was born at home in 1923 in Kitsilano, fifth child in a family of seven. After graduating from high school he volunteered for the Canadian Air Force and spent the war based out of England as a member of the famous "Ghost" Squadron. After the war he came back to Vancouver and went to UBC to get his Degree in Chemical Engineering. It was during this time that he met and married the love of his life, Evelyn. That union produced two beautiful daughters, Susan and Brenda. He spent most of his work career in the Oil and Gas Industry in Vancouver and Calgary and retired back to West Vancouver where he and Evelyn have lived ever since. He was an avid gardener whose yard was the envy of the neighbourhood, and a devoted runner who liked to quaff a few beers in the evening. He remained in remarkably great shape throughout his whole life, and even in his 89th year would still walk several miles a day.

During his short stay at Lions Gate Hospital he saw his brother, both his daughters and all three grandchildren, and when he passed, Evelyn was at his side, holding his hand.

Harry is survived by his wife Evelyn, daughters Susan and Brenda, grand-daughters Laura and Melissa, grand-son James, sons-in-law Steve and Dan, great grand-daughter Ana, and his younger brother Ken.

Many thanks to the excellent and caring staff on the seventh floor of Lions Gate Hospital for their dedication and understanding, it was very much appreciated by the family in this difficult time.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on June 30, 2012
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