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Rev. Dr. Alan Bennett

Rev. Dr. Alan Bennett

Wednesday, February 12th, 1941 - Saturday, May 30th, 2020
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Three days after the 50th anniversary of his ordination, Saturday, May 30th, 2020, Rev. Dr. Alan Bennett passed away peacefully in Kingston, Ontario with his family by his side.

Al cherished his family most dearly and leaves behind: his wife Wendy, son Mark (Kryse) Kimberly, (Alex) and Joshua, (Ellie), and grandchildren Anna, Stanley, Petra, Hanah, and Maisie. He will be sadly missed by brothers Don, Bruce, Wayne and their families and by his brother-in-law Peter Matthews. Predeceased by his sister Marjorie.

Al loved Wall Street United Church of Brockville where he had served as Minister from 1988 to 2006, and then as Minister Emeritus from 2007 to the present. Before Wall Street, Al served at First United Church of St. Catharines, Ontario; Scotland Pastoral Charge of Brant County, Ontario; and as a teacher-missionary at the Kafue Boys Secondary School of the United Church of Zambia in south-central Africa. It was in Zambia, a land rich in the Spirit, where God began to forge Al's ordained ministry. God used Al to change the hearts and minds of some, and to bring others closer into relationship with a loving Jesus. He was a humble man, and he allowed others to change his own heart and mind. He worked tirelessly to remove mental, physical and cultural impediments to a Christian life: counselling many suffering through intense grief or crises of faith, rallying Wall Street Church to improve physical access with the installation of an elevator, helping to cast a vision and leading the development of Wall Street Village, sharing his own deeply-personal challenges with fellow worshipers at Celebrate Life, presiding as President of Bay of Quinte Conference and marching in Brockville's Pride Parade.

Alan was dedicated to his community. He was an active Rotarian, serving as President and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Every year he spent hours volunteering by collecting for the food bank, participating in community cleanups and building BBQs to raise funds in charity auctions so that this would be a better community for everyone.

Al was not only a minister but a father, grandpa and husband who loved his family and his bike. Al’s favourite place to be was on his bike riding the trails in Hilton Head Island or the back roads of Augusta Township. His second favourite place was any LazyBoy chair with his iPad in hand. He loved new gadgets and technology and was the proud owner of the first Macintosh computer sold in St. Catherines, and recently the latest ipad and a kettle with 5 different boil settings. He could talk endlessly about his favourite war documentaries (especially World War II in Colour) and thus he would appreciate that his tribute will take place on D-Day. He was also the one you called if you ever needed a pick-up though he would always take the scenic route.

Ever joyful, ever loving, ever hopeful, a man of deep faith, he dedicated himself to his church, his community, and his family.

A drive by tribute in honour of Rev. Dr. Bennett will take place Saturday, June 6th at 11:30 am passing by the main entrance of Wall Street United Church.

Mourners who wish to participate are requested to rendezvous at the Brockville Shopping Centre (old Zeller’s Mall) parking lot at 11:15 am. The procession will be led by Irvine Funeral Home and will disperse once we have passed by the church. Those who wish to walk by the church are most welcome. Please note there will be a designated area for pedestrians and physical distancing must be maintained.

A YouTube celebration of his life will also be shared.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Wall Street United Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

Please take a moment to send the family a prayer, a message of condolence or a share a special thought of Alan on the Memory Wall above. Thank you.
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Brian Mitchell

Posted at 02:03pm
I was deeply saddened to hear of Al’s passing. Although our friendship began decades ago over a mutual appreciation for computers and technology, it wasn’t long before we shared many heartfelt personal moments involving friends, families, our kids, their trials and tribulations, happy and otherwise —all with the sincerest hope that, when misfortune was the factor, there were better days ahead.

There are probably not a lot of people we meet in life, with whom the sharing of personal interests, including history, language, books, movies, music, intellectual pursuits and mutual resolutions to the world’s ills, could have come as easily as it did for Al and I. Often fascinating, always enjoyable.

Al will not be forgotten but remembered fondly in the inevitable travels we all make down memory lane, on our sojourn through life.

My sincerest condolences to Wendy, Mark, Kim and Josh.



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Andrea Taylor-Cote

Posted at 02:44pm
Dad and my family were deeply saddened to hear of Rev. Alan's passing. We just saw he and Wendy when dad was in BGH in the fall. Rev. Alan provided marriage guidance to my husband, Claude, and I in 1993, he baptized our oldest daughter Claudia in 1998, he managed my mum, Agnes Taylor's, memorium and funeral and spent many hours by her bedside just prior to her passing quite suddenly in Kingston General in 2001. Alan and Wendy were close friends of Tom and Aggie. Dad met Marilyn Taylor and Alan married them in November 2003. Unfortunately Marilyn passed in October 2016 and Alan performed the funeral. I absolutely loved and adored Rev. Alan - he will always have a place in my heart. My father, Tom, is beside himself - he even said that he was hoping Alan could memorialize him when his time comes to join my mum in heaven. Our family is grateful to have had Alan in our lives especially for all of the most important memories in our lifetime. I will miss seeing Alan and Wendy when I visit Brockville to see dad and attend the church services at Wall Street. Dad is at Bridlewood Manor and hopes to keep in close touch with Rev. Alan’s family; it was devastating that dad was unable to join in the celebration of life due to the pandemic. May you rest in piece. With lots and lots of love and deepest sympathy - Andrea, Claude, Claudia and Dominique Taylor-Cote, Scott Taylor (my brother) and of course most of all my father Tom Taylor. xoxoxoxoxoxo

Laura Tobin

Posted at 07:27pm
I am so grateful for Pastor Alan and his support and belief in me. He gave me good feedback and always had an encouraging word for me. I will definitely miss his presence at Celebrate LIfe. Blessings to you Wendy, Mark, Kim and Josh and your families as you continue to share stories and miss your husband, father and grandfather. He was such a good man! Peace be with you all!
VC

Vicki Cameron

Posted at 02:42pm
It was wonderful to see how many people came today. The string of cars going up the hill to the court house was heartwarming. Your display at the church door was extremely well done, and I wished we could have paused to say a few words. But with that many cars, it was not possible. Our thoughts are with you as you recover.
JT

Jonathan Tennant

Posted at 12:51pm
Al was a man of many gifts that he shared so willingly. He had an amazing ability in his sermons to relate things to make you feel he was talking specifically to you. It was fitting to see so many people paying tribute by participating in the drive by.
Our deepest condolences to the family, he will be missed.

Jonathan and Nancy Tennant and family.
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