OBITUARY

John Edward Bennett

John Edward Bennett, age 63, of Birmingham, AL, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018. He was a beloved father and a devoted Registered Nurse.

John worked as a critical care nurse at UAB Hospital, Birmingham for 40 years until his retirement. He remained active in retirement as a volunteer at UAB, and was an avid cyclist. He was a good friend and co-worker to many and will be dearly missed.

John was predeceased by his father and mother, Dr. Paul Bennett, MD, and Dr. Ruth Bennett, MD. Survivors include John’s son, John B. Bennett; one sister, Barbara Carter and her husband Jim; and three brothers, Dr. Joseph Bennett, MD and his wife Judy, Dr. Robert Bennett, MD and his wife Becky, and Dr. William Bennett, OD and his wife Sue.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL, immediately followed by A Celebration of John’s Life at 11 a.m. at the funeral home’s chapel. Burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. Dr. Gary Fenton will officiate.

A memorial service for John Edward Bennett will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at UAB Hospital, Birmingham in the Interfaith Chapel on 1st Floor, West Pavillion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) or to the Alzheimer's Association Alabama Chapter, 2151 Highland Avenue #210, Birmingham, AL 35205 (www.alz.org/al).

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • A Celebration of John E. Bennett's Life Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 19, 2018
REMEMBERING

John Edward Bennett

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Travestine Wright

November 10, 2018

My fondest memory of John occurred during the winter months in the ICU. In subfreezing temps, we would be bundled up from head to toe. The most John would adorn would be a light weight windbreaker. When I would inquire of him, his response would be, "Oh, it's a little windy outside." I guess being from the cold climate prepared him. John was the same as he was different. He laughed, cried, shared joys and sorrows. Time may have separated us, but great memories will not. May John Jr. find the strength to carry the Bennett legacy. Your father was loved and revered by many. Please take solace in that. To the Bennett family, may God comfort and strengthen you for the journey ahead. John left fond memories for us all.

robin sutton

November 7, 2018

John, you were like a brother to me after working for 40 years together. I remember to much about you to put into words. i remember so many stories like the light dusting of snow that turned out to be an overnight stay at work thanks for all your memories you will be greatly missed....prayers to family and coworkers...Robin

CLAUDETTE LEE

November 7, 2018

I worked with John for 25 years in the SICU at UAB and we had a good working relationship. To his son "Little Johnny" I send my sincere condolences and know that he will be missed by so many, myself included. John always kept me informed with the weather conditions and we laughed and talked about many things while at work. May God bless and keep you John Jr. That is my prayer for you.

Nancy Hugenberg

November 5, 2018

My favorite memory is biking over the Colorado National Monument with John and his son Johnny. It seemed so easy for him. He could talk the whole way, despite the altitude and steep climbs. He kept me intertained the entire 4 plus hours of cycling. I loved that ride with him.

Susan Rogowski

November 5, 2018

John and I attended our Aunt Janet's 90th birthday party in Grand Junction Colorado. We talked for a very long time about what we had been doing since we last got together. We both worked in hospitals and we both loved being outdoors. He talked about early plane rides after he got his pilot's license as a teenager and some interesting!! experiences. He also had some interesting! experiences as a medical helicopter nurse. He was passionate about biking, and was excited to go for a bike ride in the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction. He wanted to go back to Colorado and take his son Johnny so they could both experience it. He spoke of enjoying the trips he and Johnny had done. John was a compassionate, sweet, kind man who will be missed.