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Mr. William Hendershot

1948 - 2021 (73 years)

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William Hendershot



À son domicile de Vaudreuil-sur-le-lac, le 21 avril 2021, William Hendershot a succombé au cancer agressif qui l’a foudroyé durant la dernière année. Sa conjointe, Hélène Lalande et son fils, Félix étaient à ses côtés pour l’accompagner.

Il laisse aussi dans le deuil sa sœur Mary (Harry Miller), ses nièces et neveu Janet Kendall-Wheeler et Peter Kendall, Sarah Miller et Catherine Miller-Mort ainsi que leurs enfants et ses belles-sœurs préférées, Sylvie et Marie-Claude Lalande.

Professeur retraité de l’Université McGill, il laisse derrière lui plusieurs générations d’étudiants gradués qui l’ont rendu si fier.

William était un passionné de la course à voile (CDVM).  Ses nombreux amis du circuit de régates vogueront pour lui.

La famille tient à remercier sincèrement l’équipe de soins palliatifs à domicile de la Dre Annick Terret-Hans (Valérie, Philippe et bien d’autres) pour l’extraordinaire dévouement avec lequel ils ont supporté William et ont su respecter ses volontés. 

Dans les circonstances, la famille préfère reporter la célébration de vie de William à un moment plus approprié.


At his home in Vaudreuil-sur-le-lac, on April 21st, 2021, William Hendershot succumbed to the aggressive cancer that he fought over the last year. His spouse, Hélène Lalande, and his son, Felix, were constantly and devotedly at his side.

He will be deeply missed by his sister Mary (Harry Miller) and by his nieces and nephew, Janet Kendall-Wheeler and Peter Kendall, Sarah Miller and Catherine Miller-Mort as well as by their children, who will always remember their Uncle Willy. His sisters in law Marie-Claude and Sylvie Lalande will remember his friendship fondly.

A retired McGill University Professor, he leaves behind numerous generations of graduate students that made him so proud.

Will was passionate about sailboat racing. His many friends from the regattas will now sail for him.

The family wishes to thank the at-home palliative care team of Dr Annick Terret-Hans (Valérie, Philippe and many others) for the extraordinary devotion with which they supported Will and for their respect of his wishes.

A celebration of Will’s life will be held for friends and family once pandemic restrictions ease.


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From: Nandkishor Dhawale

Dear Helene Maam:

I am terribely shocked to hear about the demise of our professor/teacher/mentor. I worked in his laboratory with you and learned somany things from him and you.

May the beautiful memories that you have shared with the dearly departed provide you with the necessary strength to go through this hardship.

Former student of Dr. Adamchuk's
At present I live in India.

From: Gilles Milette

Mes sincères sympathies à Hélène et Félix, ainsi qu'à vos familles.

From: Bernard, Annie, Félix et Rosalie Lévesque-Péro

Hélène et Félix,

Toutes nos sympathies à vous deux, nous avons apprécié partager avec William notre passion de la voile et le côtoyer lors des événements sportifs de nos enfants. En ces moments difficiles nos pensées sont avec vous.


Bonjour Helene,
Je vous présente toutes mes condoléances a vous et votre famille. Je vous souhaite tout le soutien et la force nécessaire en une telle situation. C'est aussi avec tristesse que je vois partir un grand chercheur des sciences de l'environnement qui a pavé le chemin pour beaucoup de nous. Je n'oublierai pas non plus Will et vous m'avez apporté dans mes premiers pas a McGill.
Sincères pensées,
Stephane BAYEN, McGill

From: Hélène et Félix

Mes sincères condoléances vous accompagnent durant cette période difficile. Avec le temps, vous aurez de magnifiques souvenirs de Will qui sauront vous apporter un sourire.

Elaine Bellefeuille

From: Will Hendershot

Dear Hélène and Félix,
my deepest sympathies on your loss. I have very fond memories of Will at work and in the garden. He was funny and knowledgeable, an excellent co-worker and a great person.
my very best regards in this very difficult time. He will be missed
Caroline (Begg)

From: Monique Verrette

Hélène and Felix,

Many good memories of Dr. Hendershot. Kind and caring human being. I remember him when he joined the noon hour exercise at Mac campus. He was the only male. Hélène and about fifteen other female employees enjoyed having him in the group. Always a nice smile. I am thinking about you at this difficult time in your lives.

From: Tim Moore

Dear Hélène,

I was very sorry to hear of Willy’s passing this week; please accept my condolences.

Willy and I go back a fair way (1973). I was a young professor in Geography when Willy left sail-making in a Vancouver loft (if I recall correctly) to come to a MSc degree at McGill, in geomorphology with a rather heavy-handed supervisor. Willy never liked heavy-handedness and realised he did not like geomorphology, so his thesis was mainly about the soil chemistry of Champlain Sea Sediments. He parleyed that into a PhD in soil chemistry at UBC, a position at Washington State, then UdeM with François Courchesne and finally Macdonald College. We did not work together at McGill, but I enjoyed meeting him for his intelligence, sense of humour and ‘getting on with the job’.

Finally, I would like to thank you again for all your help to Geography students over the years, in analyses and their interpretation. We miss being able to depend upon you.

With best wishes,

Tim Moore

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