Bennett, Ronald Arthur of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, in his 75th year. Husband and best friend of Judy (McQuade) Bennett. Devoted father of George Bennett of Orangeville, John Bennett and his wife Anna of Belleville and Michael, Patrick and Sarah Bennett and her boyfriend Ken of St. Thomas. Loving grandfather of Jackson, Maya and Ronald Wyatt Bennett of Belleville. Brother-in-law of Cathy McQuade and her partner Kevin Thompson of Innniskillin. Ron was predeceased by his mother Alice Buckles (1999), his father James Bennett (1966) and his sister Doris Bennett (2012). Ron made friends very easily. He was very passionate in his beliefs in working hard for those less fortunate as evidenced in his union work, his Masonic work and his family life. He spent his working life as a trainman for C.N. Railway out of Sarnia, representing trainmen at the local level, completing his career as Canadian Legislative Director of the U.T.U. in Ottawa for 8 years, retiring home to St. Thomas in 1996. He loved golf and was deeply involved in his Masonic work. Ron’s mother lodge was St. Paul’s Lodge #601 A.F and A.M., Sarnia. He was current Worthy Master of the Warren Lodge 120 and a member St. Thomas Lodge 44 and Pelee Island Lodge 627 and Prince of Wales Lodge 171 A.F. and A.M. He was a member of the Scottish Rite , 32nd degree, of the London Lodge of Perfection, London Rose Croix, Moore Consistory, Palestine Chapter #54, Mocha Temple, Hi-Ro Shrine and Mocha Alumni Team.
Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow, with private interment of ashes in Union Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 7-9 p.m. A Memorial service will be conducted by Officers and Members of Warren Lodge #120 A.F. and A.M. on Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Father Ray Foundation, Chonburi 20260, Thailand. (www.fr-ray.org) “We never turn a needy child away.”