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Henry James
(Hamish) Bennett
Resident of Menlo Park

June 19, 1932 - August 2, 2013


Hamish was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and attended grammar school and high school in Scotland. After graduation from high school, Hamish served two years in the British Army as a Royal Engineer in the Suez Canal Zone. After the Army, Hamish attended Balliol College, Oxford University. He played on the Scottish National Field Hockey team and graduated from Balliol in June 1956 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.


Hamish married Adrienne Jameson on May 9, 1957, and they settled in Montreal, Canada, where he worked for Bell Telephone of Canada. Hamish and Adrienne moved to California in 1959, where Hamish worked for Pacific Bell for 32 years. Hamish retired from his first career in 1987. He then began a very distinguished second career in the world of duplicate bridge. He won a World Championship in 1994, became a Grand Life Master in 1996, and won two National Championships in 2000 and 2004. He ended his career in the top 50 of all-time Master point winners with 25,700 Master points.


Hamish was a loving and generous husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Stanford Golf Club for 30 years. He maintained connections to Scotland throughout his life. He and Adrienne traveled extensively, taking trips that took them to all seven continents.


He is survived by Adrienne, his wife of 56 years; his four daughters, Allison Bennett, Lesley Peters (Girvin), Hilary Spartz (Todd), and Jennifer Bennett (Chris); his sister, Elspeth Harrison (Graham); and his four grandchildren, Owen, Maverick, Ethan, and Audrey.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a . A memorial service will be held on August 26, 2013 at the Palo Alto Bridge Center, 432A Stierlin Rd, Mountain View, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 11, 2013
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