The Grand River Hospital Foundation is pleased to accept bequests – every gift amount goes a long way. A bequest to Grand River Hospital is a wonderful legacy and will touch patients and our community for years to come. To have a Foundation representative contact you, please call 519-749-4205 or email 

Arthur and Vivian Bamford


Some years ago, Arthur and Vivian Bamford privately agreed to leave a bequest to GRH in their Wills. They believed in the importance of strong local health care, and felt a bequest was a meaningful way to show that support. In August, 2016, their son Bob Bamford and his wife Leslie  delivered that gift to Grand River Hospital Foundation.

Arthur Bamford was born in Hamilton in 1915.  He worked as a salesman for General Electric, then joined the Air Force during the Second World War.  He married his sweetheart, Vivian Wilkins, in 1940.  He became a professional engineer in 1954, joined Sutherland Shultz, and eventually became  partner and president.  He retired at the age of 60.

Vivian raised their two children, and was active as a volunteer in the community.  She and Arthur were married for 54 years. They traveled the world, attended theatre and symphony performances, and enjoyed their Lake Muskoka cottage. Vivian died in 1994.

Art was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club, becoming president of both. He was also a member of the board of Freeport Hospital and where he participated in several rejuvenation projects. He was an active member of Westmount Golf and Country Club where he loved golf in summer and curling in winter. Art accepted his aging with dignity and maintained his joie de vivre until his death in 2016 at the age of 100.

Grand River Hospital and the Foundation are grateful for the Mr. and Mrs. Bamford’s thoughtful and  generous bequest.

Veronica Busch

Veronica Bush - 1921-2008

Veronica Bush – 1921-2008

There are many individuals in our community who, quietly and without fanfare, make a decision to leave a charitable bequest to Grand River Hospital in their estate plans. Veronica Busch was one such individual.

She was born in 1921 in Linwood, ON and was one of five children. She worked at J.M. Schneider for 39 years. She enjoyed a lengthy and active retirement, spending quality time with family and friends. To her many nephews and nieces she was known affectionately as “Aunt Ronnie”. She passed away peacefully at Beechwood Manor in Waterloo on March 21, 2008 in her 88th year.

The Foundation was very grateful for her thoughtful gift to patient care at Grand River Hospital.

Reuben and Joyce Halpern

Reuben and Joyce Halpern

Reuben and Joyce Halpern

Reuben and Joyce Halpern were very respected in the community, and blessed with many close friends. They were the co-owners of La Vogue Ladies Wear in downtown Kitchener. They were also movie buffs and in the later years, enjoyed part time employment at Steve’s TV helping customers choose movies. Their only daughter, Corrie, died many years ago at age 21. Reuben died in 2009 and Joyce in 2012.

It was important to them to give back to their community. Their generous bequest will benefit patient care at GRH for many years to come.