Sisters, Brothers and Friends:
I am sad to notify you of the untimely death of John Bennett at his home on Saturday, April 18, 2020. John was a member of UFCW Canada Local 864 and had been the elected unit chairperson at his employer, Andritz. He had also served as an elected member of the Local 864 Executive Board and as well as Local 864 President.
John was passionate about fixing the wrongs in this world. If John was in your corner you had a loyal, supportive friend who would show up every time to help you out. John was very helpful in keeping the spirits of the strikers at Scotia Recyclers high during their winter strike for a first Collective Bargaining Agreement with his breakfasts and treats.
John was also responsible for improving living standards for many temporary foreign workers in the area and worked to improve their wages and working conditions.
John will be missed by all who worked with him, and his love for humankind was only outmatched by his enthusiasm for the projects he was working on.
Further details will be posted as they become available. Please remember John and his family in your prayers and thoughts as we mourn the loss of a fellow trade unionist and friend.
Mark Dobson, President
UFCW Canada Eastern Provinces Council