Dutch Brook

It is with heavy hearts that we, the family announce the passing of Thomas Joseph Bennett.

Tom was born in Sydney on January 3, 1933, and grew up in the Pier. The proud son of Thomas and Elizabeth Bennett, Tom experienced an idyllic childhood where he made many friends and discovered a passion for hockey. He maintained his love of hockey throughout his life and played goalie well into adulthood.

Tom’s childhood ended at the age of twelve when his father was tragically killed. His mother struggled to keep the family afloat but nothing was ever the same for Tom who idolized his father.

A second blow was dealt when Tom’s older brother Gordon left the family to join the army during WWII. Gordon, another of Tom’s idols, died during the war. Despite these devastating events Tom carried on.

Tom married and had three children. Tom excelled at his work as a plumber and eventually became a leader in the maintenance of the newly constructed UCCB (CBU). He took great pride in his work and even more pride in his friendships. Tom was a generous and loyal friend.

After his children were grown, Tom and his wife divorced. Never one to dwell on the past, Tom went on to meet the love of his life, Mary Burns. They shared a love of nature, fishing and hunting.

Tom was devastated when Mary passed away in 2019 but carried on with his trademark enthusiasm for life. An enthusiasm that was not diminished by a cancer diagnosis in 2023. Tom fought for his life and made sure to enjoy the days he had left.

Sadly, Tom passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. He lived his final days under the care of Hospice Cape Breton. The hospice staff provided expert medical care and also comfort, kindness and compassion. The hospice nurses, doctors and support staff are all exceptional professionals and exceptional people.

Throughout his illness Tom was cared for by his daughter, Denise and son, Tommy. When Tom was in hospice, his friends, Robert and Lawrence (Allie) MacPherson visited him daily. The support of his family and friends meant the world to Tom.

Near the end, Tom found comfort in the fact that he would soon be reunited with the loved ones who passed before him, his father and mother; brothers, Gordon, William (Bill), Allan and Lloyd (Lee); sisters, Mary, Mildred (Moon), Lillian (Doods), Catherine (Kay) and partner, Mary.

Tom is survived by his children, Denise, Tommy (Janie) and Jolene, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His descendants live all over the world and have become tradesmen, nurses, lawyers, fashion designers and entrepreneurs.

Tom did not want a funeral or a memorial service, but he did hope that his friends and family would take a lesson from his life: keep going after every setback because the next fish to catch, the next goal to deflect, the next friend to make, the next great meal to eat and the next passion to discover may lie ahead.

Donations in memory of Thomas may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.


Online Condolences

Sorry for your loss, Tom worked with my Dad J J Campbell at C B U for years and remained friends for years after retirement.
From:  Pat Muggah

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad , I am grateful to have had the opportunity to spend some time with him and to see was A fine individual he was . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
From:  Alex MacLean

so sorry to hear off your loss Tommy came to my Father’s place a lot many year ago I bought my first car from your Dad it was a big black plymouth fury 1961 but my dad passed about50 years ago but Ialwat thought about your Dad never easy at any age.
From:  Raymond W Lahey

So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Thinking of you all. Judy and Rene
From:  Judy Dixon

We are devastated to hear of Tommy’s passing. He was such a gentle, kind, compassionate, loving soul. We had many visits with Tommy throughout earlier years with our families. Our truest, deepest condolences go out to all his beautiful family and friends. Rest in well deserved peace, Tommy, and I pray you are with all your loved ones who have passed before you. from TĤE BENNETT FAMILY, ART AND LIL’S CHILDREN.
From:  Joan C Macintosh

So sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing ,he was a good neighbor, and friend to our family (The Delaney’s) my condolences to all his family
From:  Karen Hawco

Sending my deepest condolences to family and friends, you have many beautiful memories and I do hope they bring you much comfort during the days ahead. I got to know Tom from my few trips to Cape Breton when visiting with Mary. He was welcoming to me and always had a few stories to share. May he rest in peace.
From:  Susan White (Susie Burns)