Forest Hill resident’s love of Halloween lives on
Bill Bennett would always win the award for best costume at Forest Hill’s annual Halloween party, and that award has been renamed in his honour
Bill Bennett absolutely loved Halloween.
As a Forest Hill resident, he looked forward to the big costume party the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home hosted every Halloween, and he would always show up in a highly creative outfit.
At every Halloween party there was a contest to pick the best costume, and every year Bill won top honours.
Bill and his daughter, Pam Curzon, would work on his costume in the weeks leading up to the party, and the two “would go all out” to make sure Bill had a winning entry each year, says Forest Hill life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest.
While Bill passed away in 2019, his love of Halloween is vividly remembered by people living and working at Forest Hill, so team members have renamed the award for best costume in his honour.
The Annual Bill Bennett Award for Best Costume was presented for the first time on Oct. 29 following Forest Hill’s first Halloween party in two years.
Pam and her sister, Nancy Dunham, were on hand to present the award, dressed in their Halloween costumes, of course. But when it came time to make the presentation, the award was handed to the sisters.
“It was only fitting that Bill’s daughters received the award for the first time,” Craig tells The OMNIway.
Pam and Nancy then presented the award to the other winner, resident Shirley Sutherland.
Pam says she and Nancy were touched by Forest Hill’s thoughtfulness in naming the award after their father.
“It was just such an honour, and Shirley was just so excited,” Pam says. “Shirley is a wonderful lady who is full of joy, so it was a great honour for Nancy and I to do this. … It felt like we were at home at Forest Hill.”
Pam says her dad would be happy to know the best costume award has been renamed in his honour.
“We really love Halloween in our family, and we really, really get into the spirit,” she says. “We always had such great fun with daddy, and he would giggle and get so excited when we would put together his costume.”
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