Howard Edwin Bennett

1927 ~ 2008

Howard passed away peacefully at his home in the Boyne Lodge in Carman Manitoba at the age of 81. He was predeceased by his parents, Leslies James Bennett and Olive May (Langtry), and his wife of 49 years Marjorie Anne (Smith) in 2006.

He is survived by his siblings, brother Donald of Vancouver , his sisters Ellen Derkson (Walter) of Edmonton and Joanne Jones (Dennis) of Calgary . His Children: Leslie from Carman, Lynn (Marny) of Winnipeg and their children Ryan, Kandra, and Corey, and daughter Joanne (Peter) of Winnipeg and their children Tyler and Adam Vander Linden. He also leaves to mourn many nieces, nephews, brothers in law, a sister in law, aunts, uncles and many special friends.

Dad was born in Carman, MB on March 1, 1927 the youngest child of Leslie and Olive Bennett. He attended school in Carman, and started his working life in the Mink Ranching business in Carman. He married Marjorie Smith from Gretna, MB in July of 1956 and they resided in Carman after their marriage. Howard left Carman and his family behind in order to attend Massey College in Toronto to obtain his degree in journalism. He returned to Carman to join his father’s business, the weekly newspaper the Dufferin Leader. Once his father retired, Howard took over the newspaper, and was an active Member of the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association (MCNA), and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA). He was very active within these organizations and his community. He spent a term as the president of the MCNA where he met many special friends and traveled to attend conferences. Dad was fortunate enough to attend a dinner with the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Cretien during his time in the newspaper business.

Dad loved to fly, in his early years you could usually find him at Diemert’s either working on a plane, writing a story on Bob and his projects or enjoying his favorite pastime flying.

Howard was a big community and family person, who spent many hours and years supporting community projects in Carman and areas making the community strong, and a nice place for family life. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club, Town Council and many other community committees for project development over the years. He was a big supporter of the Boyne River Diversion Project, and the Boyne Lodge.

Dad and Mom loved to travel, and spent many winter vacations with friends in warm places. Once they retired they settled down for the winter in Arizona, where they spent time with family and friends. Summer was spent at the cottage with family, and on the golf course with friends in Carman. They also traveled throughout Canada in the summer months and one spring took a long vacation to China.

Dad and Mom spent a very active and interesting life together, with many stories to be told. Dad was the story teller, and always had a story about someone or someplace he had been which you had never heard before. This was a gift he had through out his life and will be sadly missed by all.

Dad loved the newspaper business and all the social aspects that this brought to his life, Mom enjoyed her career caring for others. These two careers made them both special people who are now together once again.

A funeral service will be held at the Carman United Church in Carman, MB on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a gathering of family and friends at United Place Hall.

In lieu of flowers donations in the memory of Howard Bennett can be made to the Lung Association, 629 McDermot Ave. Winnipeg, MB, R3A 1P6, or to the Boyne Lodge Palliative Care, Box 1644, Carman, MB, R0G 0J0, or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald St. Suite 200 Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.

Doyle’s Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.

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