John is predeceased by his parents Viola and John Bennett. He will be missed by his best friend and wife of 60 years Margaret and his children Jeff (Linda), Mark, Leslie (Larry Girardi), Craig (Joyce) and Patty (Chris Kiernan). John enjoyed the many visits and outings with his 12 grandchildren; Lisa, Kyle, Ryan, Sarah, Chantal (Joel), Jean-Marc, Brandon, Amanda, Jessica, Anita, Ellen, and Giulia. Brother of the late Patricia. Brother-in-law of Ann Deluca (late Mario), Norma Sorrentino (late John), late Yolanda (late Gino Dovigi), late Nick and late Alex Mandatori. Uncle of many special nieces and nephews.
John had a strong passion for his community, beginning with his community at Algoma Steel where he was an active union advocate for Local 2251 and assistant editor of the “Algoma Unionist”, regularly publishing his comedic P.F Slob interviews in the “Observer’s Observations” column. Over the years, John became involved in other community initiatives, becoming a Sault Library Board member, Sault College Board Governor, chairman of the Plummer Hospital Board, and participated in Community Futures as well as Economic Development Corporation.
John also accepted a 4 year appointment to the Human Rights Commission of Ontario. John is best known for his tireless hours spent at the United Way, as a campaign chair and member of numerous committees. These contributions were recognized with the development of the United Way John Bennett Labour Award, given annually to a deserving community minded union member.
In 1993, the City of Sault Ste. Marie presented John with a Medal of Merit for his outstanding contributions to the community.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. P. Catania, Dr. S. Spadafora, Dr. A. Pearce, and the staff and volunteers at the Algoma Residential Community Hospice, for their exceptional care during John’s illness.
At John’s request, a private family service was held. Inurnment at St. Luke’s Columbarium. Arrangements entrusted to Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre.