Clinton Bennett, 78 ATHENS -- Clinton Lorne Bennett, 78, of Rocksprings, died suddenly at his home on October 20. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 13, 1926, the son of Adam Bennett and the former Lena McCaughan. His family moved to Canada when he was a young boy. He attended New Dublin and Redan rural schools and Athens High School. As a young man he went west on harvest excursions and worked in lumber camps. Later he drove a moving van for Sniders and then worked as a transport driver from 1951-1966. Then, for 42 years, he worked as a general merchant in the village of Rocksprings. Mr. Bennett married Frances Gunness on July 2, 1949 in Rocksprings United Church. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973. He identified with Addison United Church and was an active member of the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 434 Rocksprings for 59 years. He enjoyed gathering firewood, playing euchre and cribbage, and doing jigsaw puzzles - all good therapy after his injuries in the bush and his fall on the ice last winter. Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife Frances, son Daniel Lorne Bennett and wife Diane of Kemptville and daughter Marilyn Ann Irish and husband Fred of Addison, as well as four grandchildren, David and wife Anik, Jenny and her boyfriend Joe Lalonde, Jessica and Rebecca, and one great-grandchild Xander. Also surviving are two brothers, Ray Bennett and wife Lorna of Frankville and Dick Bennett and wife Lois of Barrhaven; sisters-in-law Gwen Gunness, Eileen Gilroy, Betty Tarlington, Erma Ferguson and husband Arthur, Elva Dorie and Elvira Clarke, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; stepmother Vera Barrington; brother Vernon Bennett and his wife Barbara (who both lived in Richmond); sisters-in-law Elva Clarke and Lula Townsend, and brothers-in-law William, Cecil, Jamie and Ray Gunness, Waldo Gilroy, Jerry Townsend, Howard Tarlington and Jack Clarke. A special Loyal Orange Lodge memorial service was held October 22 at the Judson Funeral Home, Athens. The funeral was held in the Judson chapel on October 23, with Rev. Doug Blair, retired United Church minister, officiating. His son, Danny Bennett, gave the eulogy. Burial followed at Greenbank Cemetery. The pallbearers were Gary and Dale Bennett, Charles Gunness, Fred Tarlington, Ron Townsend and Paul Ferguson. Memorial donations were directed to Addison United Church and other charities of the donors' choice. Published in Section b, page 6 in the Tuesday, November 9, 2004 edition of the Brockville Recorder & Times. Posted 4:37:36 PM Tuesday, November 9, 2004.