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William Balance

William David Gilbert Balance

Friday, August 14th, 1936 - Saturday, October 26th, 2019
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Professor William David Gilbert “Bill” Balance died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, USA, on 26 October 2019 at the age of 83.

Bill is survived by his wife, Gwen (Martin, Genter) Balance and step-children, Robert Genter, Kathy (Genter) Holley, Paul Genter, and Lauren (Genter) Keith. He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas Wannamaker Balance, Sr., and Bessie Lee (Gallop, Balance) Ponder, and his brothers Thomas, Jr., and Lucian, of Alabama, USA.

Bill was born on 14 August 1936 at Birmingham, Alabama. He received his doctoral degree in psychology from The University of Alabama in 1967 and then worked as a Resident staff member at the Georgia Mental Health Institute, Emory University, Atlanta. From 1969-2001 he was on the faculty in the University of Windsor Psychology Department, Ontario, Canada. He married Gwen (Martin) Genter, an English teacher at Murray Wright High School, 16 December 1971, and then moved from Windsor to Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, USA. His step-children remember him as a warm, caring, and highly perceptive father who encouraged them to pursue their goals and who brought laughter to the room with his quick wit.

Bill was an accomplished gardener and was an active member of the Men’s Garden Club and the Grosse Pointe Park Beautification Commission. He was an inspired individual who loved cooking, travel, single malt scotch, and was passionate about keeping up with the news and world events.

Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children at https://www.stjude.org. Condolences can be posted at: www.verheyden.org
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