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Hamish Bennett (1932-2013)

Hamish Bennett, a Grand Life Master from Menlo Park CA, died at home Aug. 1 from complications of heart and kidney failure. He was 81.

Bennett, who accumulated more than 25,000 masterpoints in his career, was a force in Senior events for the past two decades. He was a member of the winning squad in the 2000 and 2004 Truscott/U.S. Playing Card Senior Swiss Teams. In 1994, he won the World Senior Pairs playing with Fred Hamilton.

Bridge Bulletin author Billy Miller calls Bennett his “longest and dearest friend in bridge and life.” “Hamish was like a father to me. We’ve been partners and teammates for 35 years. In fact, I won my first regional playing with Hamish in 1978. But we also played as recently as a month ago. The most important thing Hamish taught me was to never give up. Ever. He would fight to the bitter end even in matches where it seemed hopeless.”

Bennett, a retired executive with PacBell, is survived by his wife Adrienne and four daughters.

Hamish Bennett