John Russell Telford Bennett
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.
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Dear Carolyn and Peter I was saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of your father. My wife and I just heard the news today from Paul Power up here in Midland Ontario. We very much would like to have been in attendance at his service. There isn't a week that goes by when I don't think about the time I spent working for your father. His wisdom and life lessons he shared with me truly helped to shape my world. Mr. Bennet was an incredibly accomplished man. He was truly a mentor to me and I can only imagine the sense of loss you and your family must be feeling right now. Please know that you are all in our prayers. Darby Toutant and Family (Georgian Bay Area)
Darby& Dee-Ann Toutant
October 25, 2009
Dear Carolyn,
Just returned to Toronto today, and very sorry to learn the sad news about your dad. Such a wonderful father and role model! So many great memories to treasure and, hopefully, give comfort at this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,
Susan Makin
October 25, 2009
Dear Carolyn & Jill

Marion and I were saddened to hear the news. As a fellow Rotarian with him at Forest Hill we new him and your Mother well. They were at our wedding and did the flowers 40 years ago.

Our sincere condolences.

Marion (Wilson) and John Yates
October 23, 2009
Dear Carolyn,
I am very sorry to hear of your father's death. I never met him, but I get the sense from reading the obituatry that he was a fine mentor regarding the extensive community service and caring that you so effectively and ardently do all the time. My condolences are with you and your family. I hope you take some time to take care of yourself.
Regards,
Laurel Rothman
October 23, 2009
Dear Carolyn and Jill,
I was very sorry to hear of your father's death.

I only met him a few times but he left indelible memories with me. The times I remember best were at your cottage. He was a kind and generous man and I found him so very understanding and willing to explain to a new arrival to Canada the importance of "cottage culture".

In my minds eye I can see him putting on his jumper leaving the cottage and heading down the road... striding off to do a variety of "fix it" errands.

My thoughts are with you.

Ezra
Ezra Zubrow
October 23, 2009
Dear Caroline
Ezra and I are so sorry to hear about your father. We know how close you were and there is no substitute for that backing that we get from a father who loves you unconditionally. We can only hope that the wonderful times together will sustain you through this. Our thoughts are with you.
Marcia and Ezra
Marcia and Ezra Rioux-Zubrow
October 23, 2009
Dear Carolyn and Jill: I was so sorry to hear of your Father's death. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Suzanne Bradbury-Swan
October 22, 2009
Ernest (Bud) Thorn
October 21, 2009
David Johnson, Toronto, Ontario
October 21, 2009
Doug Thorn
October 21, 2009
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