Obituary of Lillian Florence Bennett
Surrounded by her loving family, Lillian “Lil” Florence Bennett passed away on March 6th, 2022, in her 85th year, at the Loch Lomond Villa. Lillian was born on June 8th, 1937, in Saint John, to her parents James A. and Annie M. (nee McMackin) McGrath.
Lillian was a hard-working woman who spent 40 years as a dispatcher & driver for a local taxi company. She was one of the first two women to drive taxi in Saint John. One of Lillian’s favorite memories is when she traveled across Canada, in a camper trailer, with her cousin and best friend Elsie in 1992. Lillian spent her summers at her camp with her grandchildren. Wanting to know more about her family history, Lillian researched her genealogy on both sides of her family back to the year 1800. In her later years, she joined the Rivervalley Seniors Club and the Legion Branch #69 Seniors Club where she built many friendships. At Rivervalley she learned quilting and made sets for all her children and grandchildren. Lillian also loved cats and dogs and enjoyed playing cards at the Villa Apartments.
Lillian is the last surviving member of her family. She will be deeply missed by her loving children Janet, Anne, Sylvia, Judith, Deborah “Dee”, and George; her 10 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and her 3 great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law Carole and Shirley; her special cousin Mabel; and nephew Scott. Lillian is predeceased by her parents, partner George of 32 years, baby daughter Sandra, brothers Allen and James, infant sister Anne Marie, baby granddaughter Casandra, and nephew Michael.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (634-7424). In following with Lillian’s wishes cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will take place at a later date. Donations in Lillian’s memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Parkinson’s Society, or the Saint John SPCA. For those who wish, condolences may be made by visiting www.BrenansFH.com.
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