Geoffrey W. Benson, Ph.D.
March 19, 1929 - January 25, 2013
Geoff died peacefully at home after a long illness. He will always remain in the hearts of his beloved wife and life partner of 60 years Jean (nee Mackie), his children Kirstie and her husband Dan Hanrahan, Robert and his wife Anna Cancelliere, and his grandsons Benjamin, Troy and Liam. He also leaves behind his brother Frank and wife Gwyneth, and his sister Enid as well as a close family of nieces and nephews.
Starting his education in a one room school in a small village in England, he progressed to Imperial College, London where he achieved his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the age of 22. He started his adventure in Canada as a post-doctorate fellow at the National Research Council, Ottawa followed by two years with the National Aeronautical Establishment. His business career took him with CIL Inc. to Edmonton where he eventually became plant manager, then to Montreal where he was appointed Plastics Division Manager. Finally he was transferred to Toronto by CIL where he retired after 25 years. Using his now extensive experience in general business management, R&D, manufacturing and product development, he enjoyed becoming a consultant to the plastics industry.
Geoff also found fulfilment as a Volunteer Advisor to CESO International Services where he travelled widely to countries including Bangladesh, India, Bolivia, Trinidad, and Dominica, helping companies develop their plastics technology.
Gardening was his passion though he forever regretted not producing the World's Largest Pumpkin for his grandchildren! Wine making was a hobby and he delighted in his wine cellar. He was a voracious reader with a great interest in current events, worldwide. Always an active man, the sports he enjoyed included wind-surfing, water skiing, nordic skiing, golfing, curling, and especially downhill skiing where he was still conquering the Rockies at the age of 80! However, his proudest accomplishment was rowing in Imperial College's rowing crew in the 1st Eight (of 10) during and after his first year of taking up the sport.
The family wishes to acknowledge with thanks the wonderful care that Geoff received from Dr. Maire Leddy, the Central West CCAC, the nurses of Bayshore Home Health (Dufferin County), the Personal Support Workers of Closing the Gap (Orangeville) and the volunteers from Hospice Dufferin (Orangeville).
A celebration of Geoff's life will be held at Christ Church, 22 Nancy St., Bolton, on Saturday, March 9th at 2 p.m.
Geoff was devoted to his family and a compassionate and charming man. Will he always be loved and missed? Och aye!
Memorial donations may be made either to Hospice Dufferin (phone 519-942-3313) or to Bethell Hospice (phone 905-838-3534).
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