William Hendrie

Obituary of William Scale Hendrie



February 21, 1947

February 26, 2023


With heavy hearts we announce the unexpected death of our beloved Will, while in hospital. He leaves behind his wife, Helen Kampfmuller, son, William Brett Hendrie (Dr. Sarah Wilson), sister, Liz Forseth (Dave) and nephews, Adam, Will and Michael Forseth. Sadly missed by grandchildren, Catherine and Evelyn Hendrie, former wife, Maia Sutnik and other nieces and nephews. Will was predeceased by his mother, Betty Hendrie Aikenhead and father, William Brown Hendrie.


Will was born in Hamilton, where his family settled in the 1840s. He attended Hillfield Strathallan College, Lakefield College School and Queen's University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Civil Engineering. After graduation, Will worked as a programmer at Ontario Hydro's new computer division. A few years later, yearning for adventure, Will moved to Australia where he managed a computer operation, followed by a short but memorable stint as a sheep wrangler in New Zealand. From there, Will began a globe-spanning backpacking trip that inspired a lifetime of stories.


Will's travels sparked a passion for taking photos. His work won accolades from competitions including the Commonwealth Photo Exhibit.


An inveterate inventor, Will was the proud holder of two U.S. patents. In 2004, his tire inflation indicator was named one of North America's top 100 inventions in a competition co-sponsored by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. 


Throughout his life, Will had a generous heart. He supported many charities and volunteered on the Board of Directors at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto and at his church, St. Andrew's Presbyterian, in Toronto.


The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at St. Andrew's Church, 73 Simcoe Street, Toronto at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow. Private interment.


in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Will's memory to St. Andrew's Out of the Cold program.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.


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