Coutts Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

96 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, ON


Joyce Doreen Bennett

December 15, 1926October 2, 2019

Passed away peacefully at Innisfree House in Kitchener on October 2, 2019 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Wesley Albert Bennett and loving mother of Edward (Debbie) and Bonny (John) Osborn. Cherished Grandma of Lisa, Shannon and Sarah Osborn, Sara Strong and Shawn Bennett along with eight great-grandchildren. Survived by her brother Robert (Margo) Holland, her sisters Dorothy Redwood and Connie Lutz, many nieces, nephews and her best friend Ivy Pollock. Joyce and Ivy spent many years together volunteering at St. Thomas Anglican church in Galt, Cambridge. She loved gardening, sewing, knitting, rug hooking, crocheting, hiking, boating and enjoyed many sports, especially baseball.

Special thanks to the kind and caring staff of Innisfree House and to the friends and relatives who visited her there.

Joyce’s family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Coutts Funeral Home, 96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge (519-621-1650). A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Donations in memory of Joyce can be made to Innisfree House, The Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Joyce Doreen Bennett

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Ron and Ivy Pollock

October 9, 2019

Joyce had a great long life. Great family Great husband and many friends. She will be missed. By many sorry for the loss

Dan MacKeigan

October 6, 2019

As a cottage neighbour of the Bennett’s for the last 25 years, I have a vivid recollection of the first time I met Joyce. I was sitting on her deck with her and Wes as Wes introduced me to his homemade pear beer ( its unusual flavour was famous on Dorcas Bay). Joyce could tell that I was having a tough time with this beverage and when Wes wasn’t looking, she smiled like only a good and caring hostess could and replaced my glass with something more “approachable” as she whispered, “It’s OK, it is an acquired taste.”

The last time I saw Joyce was a few weeks ago when Teddy and Deb brought Joyce to our deck for an end of the season sunset and visit. She was just as lovely, just as kind and just as compassionate as she was throughout the previous 25 years that I had known her......and so I know that Bob Segar will not be upset with me for borrowing a few of his lines in the following memory tribute to Joyce:

Joyce stood there boldly
Sweatin' in the sun
She felt like a million
She felt like number one
The height of summer
She was like a rock.

Her hands were steady
Her eyes were clear and bright
Her walk had purpose
Her steps were quick and light
And she held firmly
To what she felt was right
Like a rock.

Twenty five years now
Where'd they go?
Twenty five years
I don't know
I sit and I wonder sometimes
Where they've gone.

And next summer late late at night
When Teddy and I and others will bathe in the firelight
The moon will come callin' a ghostly white
And We’ll recall
We will recall

Joyce was Like a rock, standin' arrow straight
She was Like a rock, chargin' from the gate
She was Like a rock, carryin' the weight
Joyce was a rock.

We will always remember you Joyce and who knows, maybe pear beer tastes like champagne in Heaven!

Dan and Maureen

Kathryn Perry

October 5, 2019

My condolences to Dorothy and family at this time. Joyce will be remembered by many and my thoughts are with you.

Jacqueline Salt

October 5, 2019

We have been neighbours of Joyce and Wes for 50 years and there are too many memories to share. However, I do remember we loved Joyce’s fudge which we used to remove from the kids Halloween sacks and enjoyed out of their sight. A few years ago, Joyce and I lunched at most of the restaurants around town and lately we drove every other week to Sobeys in Paris for shopping followed by a Fruit Explosion muffin for Joyce and a hot tea at Tim Hortons. She really enjoyed these excursions and was so appreciative. She shared with me her vivid memories of early family life, school and her first job, a slice of Galt history. We laughed a lot. Now I miss looking across our driveway to her house and seeing her light on in the evening and in the morning the bedroom window open even on the coldest day so that her beloved cat, Casey, could look out and get some fresh air. Rest in Peace, Joyce, we’ll miss you.
Jackie and Graham Salt

Dianne Mettler

October 4, 2019

Joyce was our summer neighbor at the cottage since the late 50's. She was happiest eating dinner at the outdoor picnic table and always had a kind word and her jolly laugh for any one she came in contact with. We shared stories and laughs over bonfires, end of the summer beach picnics, and every day walking by with our bathing suits and towels. My mom, who passed away last year, loved Joyce as well. We grew up with her kids Bonny and Ted, then watched as their children had children. Joyce was a wonderful person and it won't be the same with out her on Dorcas Bay. She will really be missed. Sending love and sympathy out to all of the family.

With Love and Friendship,

Dianne Mettler and Family

Randa Ziemba

October 4, 2019

Our family has been very fortunate to have had the Bennett’s as our next door neighbours at the cottage for decades.
We all loved and admired Joyce. She always found something to make her smile and share a hearty laugh with us.
She was fearless. Joyce was not afraid to yell at a bear that stuck it’s head in her bathroom window or confront trespassers or use a rickety cottage ladder up 30 feet to completely paint her bunkie.
Joyce made a big hit with everyone on Singing
Sand’s beach when she showed up wearing her famous bikini tshirt !
We all loved Joyce and we will all miss her.
May she rest in peace.

Lois and Ed Ziemba
Marzena and John Ziemba
Randa Ziemba and Luis Gallardo