Lifelong Bainbridge Island resident, Capt. William Woodward “Bill” Henshaw, age 91, died May 28 at his home in Winslow.
He was born in Winslow on June 11, 1910 to Capt. Ward and Margie Henshaw. He attended Winslow School and was a member of Bainbridge High School’s first graduating class in 1928. He lettered in track and basketball.
He worked summers for his father on the steamer “Winslow” and after graduation decided to attend navigation school in Seattle, where he earned his mates licenses and later his masters license.
He sailed as captain with the Alaska Steamship Company before being commissioned during World War II as an officer in the United States Coast Guard.
After the war, in 1945, he became a member of the Puget Sound Pilots where he worked until his retirement in 1980.
He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite mason, a member of the Shriners and a 68-year member of Bainbridge’s Renton Lodge. He belonged to Seattle’s Propeller Club and was a longtime member of the Wing Point Gold Club, as well as a supporter of the Bainbridge Island Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; his daughter Kay (John) of Bainbridge Island; son Ward (Polly) of Poulsbo; grandaughters Jennifer and katie; stepgrandaughter Kristine and stepgreatgranddaughter Emily. He is also survived by his brother Jim (Mickey) and their children Dan, Ron, Patti, Brian, Bill, Pamela and Paula.
He was preceded in death by his brother Jack and sister Margaret Ann Potter.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. June 4 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kass Funeral Home, Bainbridge Island.