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BENNETT, Kenneth Harold

Our wonderfully loving Dad passed away peacefully in his home on September 17, 2018 at the age of 89. Left to celebrate his life are his three daughters: Anne (Don) Doolittle, Terry (Harry) Lent and Maureen (Ted) Angen; five of his six sons: Pat (Laurel) Bennett, Jim Bennett (Emiko Sato), Mike Bennett (Christine Cameron), Jack Bennett (Liz Olsen) and Mark (Sandy) Bennett; 21 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; brother Gord Bennett and wife Bev; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.  Ken was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Betty Bennett, son Ken Jr., sisters Helen (Jim) White and Hazel (Jim) Taylor.

Ken was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. All who knew him admired his quiet strength, kindness and open heart. He had an uncanny ability to find connections with all he met.  He was an amazing raconteur with a great love of family.

Growing up in Onoway, Alberta where his father was the Station Agent, Ken graduated high school at St. Joseph’s and raised his family in Edmonton and Calgary, spending his later life in Lake Country.

He excelled as Sales Manager and General Manager at Continental Petroleum Rubber and was well respected by all his business associates. He was a man of great integrity in all things, which carried over into his work life.

In his younger years he was a very accomplished ball player, winning the Northern Alberta Jr. Championship two years in a row. All his life he swam, cycled, golfed, skated and skied in the company of his wife, Betty. Travel was a passion, as was his love of history and ancestry. His daily walks, in all seasons, carried on into his final year of life.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 11123 Okanagan Centre Road East, Lake Country. A Celebration of Ken’s Life and Reception will follow in the Church Hall.

Special thanks for the excellent care provided during Dad’s stay on Unit 72 West at KGH. Also, thanks to the nurses of the Central Okanagan Palliative Home Care Program who helped make Ken’s wish to die at home possible.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Ken’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Central Okanagan Palliative Care Program, c/o KGH Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

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The service for BENNETT, Kenneth Harold is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Edward’s Catholic Church

11123 Okanagan Centre Road East Lake Country, BC


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  • marc boileau says:

    Ken was a lucky man to be able to see his family grow and expand, and his family were lucky to have such a wonderful mentor in life. I wish I could have heard some of his stories. I see where Mark gets his ” joie de vivre”
    My thoughts are with you in your loss.
    Warmly, Marc Boileau – good friend to Mark and Sandy

  • Elaine Travis says:

    To the Bennett Family:
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear father. We will always remember him as so very kind and caring. Now may he rest in peace alongside your mother.
    Thinking of you all at this time, Elaine & Dale (Sandy’s mom)

  • Garnet Smith says:

    Over the years growing up I was able to meet many of Ken’s children and of course his wife Betty, because Ken worked at CP Rubber with my dad. Don and Anne babysat us while mom and dad were away in Europe. Harry’s band played at my wedding. Two of the Bennett boys helped my mom and dad move to their new home in Petrolia on the coldest day of 1968 ( December 28). Ken was a very kind and generous man. I worked for him at CP Rubber a few summers as a teenager and into adulthood and he was always very patient and a great mentor. His generosity was further exhibited in the Summer of 1969 when he lent to my father his nine-seater Ford Stationwagon so that our family, as well as our guests from the UK could use it for two weeks while the eight of us traveled the Banff and Jasper National Parks.

    “Mr. Bennett” will be sorely missed.

  • Tom Hiller and Audrey Bell-HIller says:

    We send our sincere condolences to the Bennett clan. They had a wonderful father and we had a wonderful friend. Ken hired me to work at CP Rubber back in 1979 and we formed a lifelong friendship with both Ken and Betty. When Ken and Betty retired in 1990 the company lost an excellent general manager and mentor to many. He was always willing to help with staff problems and personal problems with his wisdom and concern. During his retirement years Audrey and I spent many lunches and dinners with Ken and Betty. He will be missed!!

  • Charlie and Maryanne Wilson says:

    Our condolences to the Bennett family. Ken hired me to drive the delivery half ton truck for Petroleum Rubber in the early seventies, he always treated me well. Whenever we bumped into each other later in life, he was very kind and interested in how my family was doing. He was a very classy guy and I was lucky to have known him.

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