Obituary for Desmond Hensman P. Eng.

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Desmond Lawrence on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at home, surrounded by his children.

   Desmond was predeceased by his beloved and adored wife, Mary (Murray) in 2022.  Des is survived by his three children – most loved father of Mary Anne (Brian), Shannon and Matthew.  Beloved and cherished Poppa of Matthew (Natalie) and Mark Wright and Alexander Hensman; and loved great-grandfather of Liam James, dear brother-in-law of Vincent Murray (Gail) of Cherry Valley.  He is remembered fondly by cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

     Des was predeceased by his parents, Laurie (Shannon) Hensman and Arthur Hensman; his sisters Johanna Elizabeth and Mary Joan Armstrong; brother Arthur Leo and brother-in-law, Bob Armstrong.

     Des was born in Toronto, but grew up in Picton, Ontario, graduating from Picton Collegiate in 1952.  He earned a degree in Chemical Engineering (B.Sc.) from Queen’s University in 1956.  Des spent his career working for DuPont Canada in Kingston. He retired from DuPont Research in 1993.

     Des was devoted to his wife, Mary, whom he met while attending school on Waupoos Island in 1939. He enjoyed working on many projects including building the family cottage with his wife, Mary, in 1968.  They designed their current home on the Cataraqui River in 1986.  Hobbies and interests included boating, sailing, curling, playing bridge, photography and always lending a hand to help others.  Researching the family history was a passion for Des and Mary.  They spent many years researching the information which they shared with their family. In addition, Des was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, with Holy Name of Jesus Church, Council #11886.

    Des lived an exceptional life – the focus being his faith and his family.  He was an extraordinarily generous and giving person, always putting the needs of others before himself.  He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, sharing many stories and jokes passed down from his parents and other family members.  He will also be remembered by his family as the “man who could do everything.”  No task or problem was too difficult for him.  

     The family wishes to extend their most sincere thanks for the compassion and kindness shown to Des at the Burr Clinic, K.G.H., Dr. S. Martel, Queen’s Palliative Care Team, Home and Community Support Services, and CBI Nurses.

     The family will be accepting visitors on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 beginning at 10:00 am followed by a reception at James Reid Funeral Home, please enter through the Rear Entrance. As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions in Des’s name can be made to the Canadian Cancer SocietyParkinson’s Canada or St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston.

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