JOHN RUSSELL TELFORD BENNETT ("JACK") January 10, 1918 -- October 19, 2009 30th Battery, 6th L.A.A., Royal Canadian Artillery Jack died suddenly on Monday morning at Sunnybrook Hospital following a fall at his home on Saturday. He was the partner and husband of florist Eunice Denby Bennett on Eglinton Ave. W. in Toronto for 55 years (1948-2003) and The Eglinton Way will never be the same. He is deeply missed by his beloved daughters Carolyn (Peter) of Toronto and Jill (Jeff) of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and his grandchildren Jack, Ben, Jeremy and Juli, of whom he was so proud. Jack grew up at Ossington Ave. and Queen St. in Toronto and attended Central Commerce. He excelled in athletics and joined the Forest Hills Police and Fire Departments before signing up in 1941 with Major Conn Smythe's 'Sportmens Battery'. Sgt. Bennett commanded a self-propelled 40 mm anti-aircraft Bofors Gun crew at the Battle of the Schelte and in the Liberation of Holland, in which he was wounded by mortar fire. Jack and Eunice enjoyed curling and golf at the Granite and Donalda Clubs, winter holidays in Florida, their cottage at Thunder Beach, Georgian Bay, and their many faithful, lifelong friends. Jack was Sunday School superintendent at Forest Hill United Church, decades-long sponsor of North Toronto Atom Hockey and a charter member and past-president of Forest Hill Rotary. He lived by the Rotary motto, "Service above self". He was a man of few words and quiet humour. He was tall, handsome, dignified and exemplary. He wore a suit and tie to work every day, including a fresh flower on his lapel. Jack Bennett personified the values of his great generation: he served his country and community with distinction, he looked after his family and colleagues with love and care and generosity, and he was steadfast and true. Jack lived in his own condo on Eglinton Ave West, and patrolled the sidewalks on his new scooter just as he had as a cop sixty years ago. He kept his independence to the end and relied on a Circle of Support which formed around him and consisted of many wonderful friends and health professionals, each with their own role. The family thanks you all. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stop lights west of Yonge St.) on Friday October 23rd from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at FOREST HILL UNITED CHURCH, 2 Wembley Road (1 block north of Eglinton Ave. just west of Bathurst St.) on Saturday, October 24 at 12 noon. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Women's College Hospital Foundation or The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill (www.rotaryclubtorontoforesthill) would be appreciated.
Published by Toronto Star from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2009.