A man of tremendous courage is how most people in the pro-life community will remember Joseph Bennett of Toronto.
Although Mr. Bennett died in June, his strong faith and his support of pro-life objective continue to inspire those who knew him. He was 73 years old.
Mr. Bennett developed skin cancer over 30 years ago, and despite years of hardship, discomfort and reconstructive surgery, he soldiered on with a cheerful outlook and a generous volunteer spirit.
A Toronto native, Mr. Bennett joined his father’s insurance business shortly after the Second World War. He eventually took over the business and operated it successfully for 30 years. His sons David and Joseph continue the operation today.
Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes recalled Mr. Bennett’s generous financial support of the pro-life organization. He and his sons also support The Interim newspaper through advertising.
In addition to his pro-life commitment, Mr. Bennett was highly regarded for his voluntary efforts. For many years he helped organize the Columbus Boys’ Camp near Orillia, Ontario. He was also a 30-year volunteer of the Province Centre in Scarborough, and he served as a member of the hospital’s board of directors.
In 1992, Mr. Bennett received the Beni Merenti award from the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Mr. Bennett’s funeral Mass was celebrated by Monsignor J.K. Stevenson of St. John’s parish, Toronto.
He is survived by his wife Marie, daughters Joan and Louise, and sons Michael, Joseph and David.