In Memory of James Roger Bennett
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of James Roger Bennett on Saturday, June 18th, 2022. Roger passed away peacefully at the age of 75 with his loved ones by his side. He leaves behind his loyal wife of 51 years, Judith, his 2 adoring children, Andrew (Natalie) and Gillian (Steve), and his grandchildren Olivia, Noah and Angel. Born in England to the late Peter and Mildred Bennett, Roger is also survived by his brothers Grahame (Lynn) and Charles Bennett.
Roger had a fulfilling career in the Federal Government, implementing and supporting IT security in the early days of the technology boom. In 2006, he retired and spent winters in Florida where he continued to apply his leadership skills by becoming president of the homeowner’s association in his community, as well volunteering at, and becoming, president of the Estero Historical Society.
His summers were spent travelling between his home in Rockland, Ontario and “the cottage” in the Laurentians, Quebec. The cottage has always been the weekend gathering destination for his beloved family, which helped ensure that close family bonds remained strong—he cherished his family. He greatly valued his friends as well, and was always willing to lend a hand and give generously to those he cared for. For many years, as president of the cottage Homeowner’s Association, he helped to organize an annual Corn Roast, which gathered dozens of locals and neighbours. He always loved a good party, but his favourite kind of fun was any leisure activity that would allow him to enjoy his “toys” like boats, fancy cars (most of them, at least!), RVs, trailers and ATV. He enjoyed his life to the fullest and with no regrets.
A Celebration of Life event will be held in late August to honour and celebrate Roger. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ottawa Heart Institute, or a charitable organization of your choice.