August 4, 1938 – Humboldt, Saskatchewan
April 1, 2018 – Limerick, Ireland
We are saddened to share that Bernard Benning, beloved husband of Maureen O’Connor, passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 in County Clare, Ireland, at the age of 79 years.
Bernard was the first born of nine to Tony and Mary Benning. He left home at the tender age of 14 to attend boarding school at SPC, and then went to Teachers College in Saskatoon; his first teaching job was in Tisdale, SK. Bernard valued education and continued to pursue higher education in his adult life; achieving two mastered degrees and his CMA.
After moving to Calgary to further his studies, he was introduced through his landlady, to Maureen O’ Conner and was welcomed into the O’Connor Clan. Maureen and Bernard married on June 27, 1964; their union was blessed with three daughters. Family was of paramount importance, and meant everything to him. He always worked to connect with his many relatives and friends and his door was always open. Active in the church and community he volunteered with the Stampede, Rotary Club and Golf.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Maureen; his three daughters, Caroline, Shelagh and Lori, and their families; and by his brothers and sisters; and his in-laws.
Bernard had a strong belief that life and connection were worth the effort, and he timelessly worked to maintain and improve community and relationships. He will be greatly missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church (2424 – 24th Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Diabetes Canada, 220, 6223 – 2nd Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1J5 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 1112, www.diabetes.ca.
In living memory of Bernard Benning, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences