On the morning of June 8, 2010, a veteran Halton Regional Police Service officer went into medical distress while on duty at Police Headquarters in Oakville. Rushed to hospital by EMS, he later succumbed to what appears to be natural causes.
Constable Bill Henshaw, age 54, joined the Halton Regional Police Service in 1977. He served nearly 33 years with the Service and spent a majority of his career as a patrol officer in Burlington.
Cst. Henshaw was also a member and team leader of the Tactical Rescue Unit as well as a member of the Services Training Bureau. Most recently, he spent three years seconded to the Ontario Police College as a Firearms Instructor. He also served as President of the Halton Regional Police Association from 1995 to 2001.
“Known to all as a kind, gentle man, Cst. Henshaw was an exceptional instructor because of his outstanding patience. He was always thinking of his fellow officers and Service members,” said Chief Gary Crowell. “Our entire Service is deeply saddened by his passing. He will be greatly missed by all.”
Cst. Henshaw is survived by his wife Karen, who is also an employee of the Service, and their son Jeff, who lives in British Columbia with the couple’s grandson.
Friends and colleagues may send letters of condolence to HenshawCondolences@haltonpolice.ca until Friday, June 18th. All letters received will become part of a memorial book for the Henshaw family.
Mayor Rob Burton offered condolences to the family of Halton Regional Police Constable Bill Henshaw.
“Constable Henshaw spent his career serving our community and his loss will be felt throughout Oakville, Burlington and the rest of Halton,” said
Mayor Burton. “On behalf of the Town of Oakville, I would like to offer
condolences to Constable Henshaw’s family and thank them for his years of
Visitation will be held at Smith’s Funeral Home at 1167 Guelph Line, in Burlington, Ontario from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11th. The funeral service will follow on Saturday, June 12th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, located at 2265 Headon Road in Burlington, Ontario.
Flags at Town Hall and town facilities will be flown at half-mast until Constable Henshaw’s funeral.