January 20, 1927 - October 25, 2012 Sidney James Bentley was born in Stoughton, Sask. and passed away October 25, 2012 after a short battle with cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife of almost 66 years, Shelia, his children Rick (Jan) of Comox, Kerry (Anne) of Tsawwassen and Tracey (Rob) of Edmonton along with 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered as a frequent volunteer (picking fruit for the Surrey Food Bank, shovelling snow from neighbourhood driveways and helping seniors put up their Christmas lights), a wonderful storyteller and a regular at the rec centre near his White Rock home. His stories came from an interesting work life, beginning as a teen working on paddlewheel boats in the Yukon before entering the world of sales (of just about anything that can be sold), before finding his calling as an educator. He will be remembered by his colleagues and students as a teacher of 25 years at William Beagle Secondary in Surrey, retiring in 1992. He left his mark in BC education circles with the development and teaching of his innovative course on world religions, and the publishing of his book "Religions of Our Neighbours". It is through these latter efforts that he met and sincerely touched a very wide circle of people, and will be missed by them. Sid's family wishes to express a special thanks to the staff of Peace Arch Hospital for the care and comfort they extended to him. A celebration of his life will be held at Northwood United Church, 8855 - 156 Street in Surrey at 3:00 PM on Monday November 12, 2012. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in his memory to the BC Cancer Foundation.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 3, 2012