Raymond Elgin Bennett, age 85, of St. Marys, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on November 21, 2019. Born in East Wawanash Township, son of the late Carl and Alberta Bennett.
Ray owned and operated Ray Bennett Men’s Wear in St. Marys for 52 years until his retirement in 2010. He spent many years volunteering in his community. He served on St. Marys Council, was a member of the Rotary Club of St. Marys where he was involved with the International Youth Exchange and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Ray has also been a board member of the Parkview Foundation for many years.
Beloved husband for 60 years of Jo (Easson). Loving father of Dawn Bennett (Matthew Certosimo), Denise Drinkwalter (Paul) and Dwight Bennett (Mary Lou Burtwistle). Grandfather of Meredith and Francesca Certosimo, Alexandra Lebold (Jonathan), Cassaundra and Connor Drinkwalter, Wesley, Alta and Evan Bennett and great grandfather of Jedsen Lebold. Brother of Iona Walker, Glen Bennett (Cathy), Dolly Somers, Carman Bennett (Cindy). Also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.
Predeceased by his siblings Roy Bennett (Margaret), Clifford Bennett (Agnes), Mabel Templeman (Fred) and brothers-in-law Allen Walker and Ron Somers.
At Ray’s request, his body has been donated to the University of Western Ontario, Department of Anatomy. A private service will be held for immediate family only. The family will host a Celebration of Ray’s Life which will be announced at a later date, in the summer of 2020. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Club of St. Marys, Stratford General Hospital or St. Marys Memorial Hospital through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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