Edna May (Rider) Bennett
November 4, 1924 – November 2, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Edna Bennett on November 2, 2020 at the age of 95.
Edna was predeceased by her loving husband George (1995) and her son Scott (2005). She was also predeceased by both her sister Dorothy Vokey and her husband Roy, and survived by her brother Clifford (Carolyn). She is a loving mother of Bruce (Rosaline) and a dear grandmother of Ryan Thomas and Lorna Christensen (Eric). She will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Edna was born, raised and worked in Montreal. She met the love of her life George on a blind date in 1943. They married in 1947 after George returned from the War and settled near the Beach area of Toronto. She worked for the Royal Bank of Canada both in Montreal and Toronto, and then later worked as a Senior Accounting Clerk for close to 30 years with the Bank of Nova Scotia. She maintained her many friendships over the years with George’s war buddies and their wives and her coworkers at the bank. Edna and George traveled the world over with cruising being their preferred means of travel. She had an uncanny memory and instant recall for all of the people she met, the ports of call and the name of the cruise ship for every one of the 38 cruises she took.
Those that knew Edna knew that she was a great lover of cats, beginning with a neighbourhood cat that adopted her in the 50s to her current feline companion.
In keeping with Edna’s wishes cremation has taken place. Interment will take place with a private family service at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Scarborough. For those who wish, and in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Toronto Humane Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences can be made at www.hetheringtonanddeans.com
- Toronto Humane Society
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Edna May (Rider) Bennett
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November 9, 2020
Edna was a very dear friend since we first met 55 years ago. Bruce, we convey our sincere condolences to you and family. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die".
November 8, 2020
Edna was a long standing friend of my late parents--John and June Boos. As well, when my mother's sister-in-law, Doreen Stanton moved to Briton House, she met Edna. Edna (who lived on the same floor) took care of Doreen's cats when she was hospitalized and saw a photo of my parents in Doreen's suite--and was so surprised to find out that her neighbour was related to her friends June & John!!
Whenever I went to visit Doreen, I would also have a chat and a catch-up with Edna, and have fond memories of her.
My sincere condolences,
Jane Cain (nee Boos)
November 8, 2020
Deepest Sympathy from friend Martha who used to work in the insurance industry with husband George.
Edna always kept in touch with us.
So sad to hear that she passed on.
November 7, 2020
BRUCE SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MOM. I HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF HER. WE WORKED TOGETHER FOR YEARS AT KINGSTON ROAD AND BINGHAM. WE HAVE KEPT IN TOUCH AND TALKED OFTEN ON THE PHONE WE SPOKE LAST WEEK AFTER HER DOCTORS APPOINTMENT. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
November 6, 2020
More than an aunt and godmother to me, Edna & I shared a love of travel, and our outings to the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet, Museums and art galleries, shopping and dining out > always with lively conversations. Edna always kept up with cards for anniversaries & birthdays, and enjoyed hearing all the family updates about our children and grandchildren. My husband Don & I are sorry to lose a fellow member of The November Birthday Club! Our love snd sympathies to all the family as we mourn the passing of a much loved and admired lady. Edna was an inspiration in so many ways, and will always be missed. Hazel & Don & family
November 5, 2020
My Mom, Vera Tomkins, met Edna when she first came to Toronto as George's bride. Vera worked at the Aetna Insurance Company from 1947 until I was born in the 50's. George also worked at "the Aetna" and Vera met Edna through Aetna staff social events (and there were many!).
Mom and Edna became reacquainted when they each became residents of the Briton House in Toronto and rekindled a warm friendship that went back 70 years.
We are both very sorry to learn of Edna's passing; the last time we saw her was at a little tea party that Mom hosted in her suite to wish Edna well in her move to the Niagara Region. She will be remembered as a lady with an excellent memory, a kind disposition and a keen interest in many things, and will be sadly missed.