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BENNING, Bernard Anthony

Posted By Obits On April 6, 2018 @ 9:33 AM In Obituary,Park Memorial Chapel | 18 Comments

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.

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Condolence from Rene and Steve Edwards on April 6th, 2018 6:18 PM

Maureen and family please accept our most sincere condolences on Bernie’s passing. We have many fond memories of our association with Bernie over the years. He was a great mentor and a wonderful boss during my time in the oil and gas industry and we maintained our connection in later years through his long association as a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. Bernie’s approach to life mirrored his approach to his long and varied career. He always showed kindness and respect, offered constructive criticism when required and maintained a robust sense of humour and the ability to laugh. Bernie was respected by so many people and he will be greatly missed.

Rene & Steve Edwards

Condolence from Faye Fraser on April 6th, 2018 9:27 PM


Sorry to hear of Bernard’s passing .. This will be a difficult time for you and your family .. my thoughts are with you , your girls and family .. Warm Hugs , FAYE FRASER

Condolence from Larry & Carol Anne Maisey on April 7th, 2018 7:20 AM

Dear Maureen & Family;
We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Bernie’s laughter and fun times Saturday mornings at the Highwood. Making the “snacks” for the golfing buddies was always a pleasure because Bernie never missed telling us how much he enjoyed those treats! May your memories ease the pain of your loss.
In friendship and caring;
Larry & Carol Anne Maisey

Condolence from Sherry-Lynn Zwaan on April 7th, 2018 11:40 AM

My family’s sincere condolences Maureen, Caroline, Shelagh and Lori. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sherry-Lynn (Loehr), Wayne Loehr and Candace Curkan

Condolence from Dennis W Saretsky on April 7th, 2018 11:58 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Diane and Dennis Saretsky

Condolence from Paul and Carolynn Dawson on April 7th, 2018 7:15 PM

Paul and I are so sorry to hear Bernie died. He was always so full of life and had a great smile. We are in California so will not be at the funeral. Our prayers are with you

Condolence from Pat and Murray Lins on April 7th, 2018 9:40 PM

Maureen and Family,

So sorry to hear about the passing of Bernard. He was a kind, warm, wonderful person. We loved visiting with him during family get togethers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We wish we could be there to celebrate his life.

Love Pat and Murray Lins

Condolence from Carol Ryder on April 7th, 2018 11:40 PM

Dearest Maureen and Family
My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband, father and brother. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with and count Bernie as a valued friend through Bow Valley College over a decade. A truer kind, wise gentleman who made his mark and was liked and admired by all who knew him. May your memories over time sustain you.
Carol Ryder

Condolence from Terry Waters on April 8th, 2018 1:04 PM

Back in 1989-92 not many know of the significant contribution that Bernie made to the construction of what was then the Bi-Provincial Upgrader in Lloydminster Saskatchewan as the financial and administration guru. This billion dollar project still operates well under the aegis of Husky 25 years later. he made a significant impact on the fortunes of his home province. Rest in peace Bernie.

Condolence from Eileen (Brister) Andrews on April 8th, 2018 1:14 PM

Dear Maureen and Family:
My deepest condolences on your loss. I worked for the Western Canada Summer Games with Mr. Benning. He was a great boss and a wonderful person. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Eileen (Brister) Andrews

Condolence from Steve Perron on April 8th, 2018 9:43 PM

I was sorry to hear about Bernie’s passing and send my sincere condolences to his family. Bernie and I worked for many years together at Bow Valley College and I found him to be intelligent, practical and he had a great sense of humour. We ended up teasing each other often. I always liked working and talking with him, he will be missed.

Condolence from Vetere Family on April 9th, 2018 7:55 AM

To the Benning Family,

Our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Kathyann Reginato on April 9th, 2018 10:01 AM

Our condolences to the Benning Family on behalf of the Rotary Club of Calgary South. Bernie was a gentleman and a scholar …

Condolence from Michael and Ginny O’Brien-Kelly on April 9th, 2018 10:51 AM

We were sorry to read of Bernie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Maureen and with your family at this sad time. May Bernie rest in peace.

Michael and Ginny O’Brien-Kelly

Condolence from Roselyn Jack on April 9th, 2018 11:41 AM

To Maureen and family.
We, at Rotary were deeply saddened by the news of Bernie’s sudden passing. We were all just really getting to know him, and, soo enjoyed his company, and grateful that he choose to join us at Rotary South.
I interviewed Bernie, and knew that he was a perfect fit, and liked him immediately, as did everyone. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss, Maureen. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Roselyn Jack
Rotary Club of Calgary South, member

Condolence from Lindsay and Pat Milne on April 11th, 2018 2:08 PM

Dear Maureen and family; We were so saddened and surprised to learn of Bernie’s passing. Please accept our sincerest sympathies, I had not seen Bernie for several years, since we last had lunch and I was planing on calling soon to arrange another luncheon.You can imagine my surprise when I picked up the paper and learned the sad news. I so enjoyed working with Bernie at Canterra and Husky; we shared a lot of common thoughts over the years. He was one of the most pleasant people to deal with and always so honest and forth right. We have all lost a great guy.

Condolence from Gwenodene Romanko (Camp Cadicasu) on April 12th, 2018 10:41 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss. My class and I will offer prayers to you and your family.

Condolence from Jim O’Byrne on April 12th, 2018 3:46 PM

I two was surprised and saddened to learn of the passing of Bernie. I was doubly saddened that I was not able to attend his commemorative/funeral services. I’m sure you did him well even with the fact that an Ireland holiday turned into such an unhappy event. The last time I visited with Bernie was when both of us were in re-hab after heart events several months ago. Naturally we both thought at that time that we were done with heart issues.
I have many fond memories of Bernie mainly as an educator and a common sense man of integrity. Our seven children attended St. Mary’s school which Bernie, Arlene McGinn, Ralph Vigna and several other good leaders turned in to an excellent learning centre. I hold all of them with respect as I enjoy my seven children, their partners and our many grandchildren (22) and now our great grandchild. You will recall that our Debbie and your Caroline were hip-pocket buddies throughout their senior school years. Debbie asked me to forward her respect and condolence to all of you.
Do remember the good times. That is what Bernie would have you do.
J.E. (Jim) O’Byrne

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