Glowing tribute to Ryde RSL Veteran

Owen Bennett Farewelled

Ryde RSL veteran member Owen Bennett was farewelled at his packed funeral service at Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium last Friday.

Service was conducted by Father Paul Monkerud of Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish with RSL tribute conducted by Ryde RSL President Bernie Cox.


Owen is pictured above when he was awarded Life Membership of the RSL at a presentation ceremony at Gladesville RSL Club with Bennelong MP John Alexander OAM, Ryde RSL President Bernie Cox, Gladesville RSL vice president Councillor Peter Astridge with his wife Dorothy and Robyn McKinnon. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.

West Ryde’s Owen Bennett Farewelled

Owen Bennett of West Ryde was farewelled at his funeral service at Northern Suburbs Crematorium last Friday January 22.He was aged 94.

He is survived by his beloved wife Dorothy, son Phillip and daughter Julie, two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Owen was born in Ryde on January 2, 1922 and spent all his life in the Ryde area apart from war service in World War 2 and the last year of his life to be near his daughter Julie at Bateau Bay.

His funeral service was conducted by Father Paul Monkerud of Ryde  Gladesville Catholic Parish who had known Owen for eighteen years when Owen had represented Ryde RSL at funeral services conducted by Father Monkerud who spoke glowingly of Owen’s devotion to duty.

He said Owen showed genuine passion and compassion and really cared and was honoured to serve on each and every occasion.

Father Paul said the symbols on the coffin were Owen’s photo, a slouch hat and his service medals.

Tributes were presented by Owen’s son Phillip Bennett and his nephew Chris Bennett while Chris Bennett gave the first Reading and Jullianne Smart presented the responsorial psalm 23 with Allan Tomkins presenting the Thanksgiving.

Ryde RSL Sub branch President Bernie Cox offered the RSL Tribute to Owen, pictured top,  and spoke of his long service to his country.

Owen was born at West Ryde on January 2, 1923 and born to eternal life January 15, 2016.

“After being stationed as a young soldier at Addison Road, Marrickville in 1936, Owen Bennett served his country in Darwin and Papua New Guinea until 1946,” Bernie Cox said.

“He served as a Welfare Officer for the RSL and provided outstanding service to veterans and in aged care”.

Owen was Senior Vice President of Ryde District RSL and had served as an RSL Youth Club Vice President, a Trustee and as an active member of his local RSL Sub Branch.

Two years ago Owen was awarded Life Membership of the RSL and presentation was made by Bennelong MP John Alexander OAM, pictured on Page 3.

Mr Alexander said it was a pleasure to present the Life Membership to Owen who he regarded as a friend and as an inspiration to others.

The wake was held in the auditorium of Club RydeX where Owen had been a longtime member.


RSL State President Tribute

This is very sad news. 
Mr Owen Bennett served his nation during our darkest days in the Second World War.

Having endured the trauma and challenges of war, he then gave outstanding service to both the RSL and his local community in the Ryde District.

Being awarded Life Membership of the RSL was our way of recognising his most dedicated service.

Mr Bennett was held in the highest esteem, especially due to his consistent approach to ensuring that veterans and their dependants received due recognition in welfare and entitlements.

We owe so much to this great generation, that Owen Bennett was such a proud member.


Lest We Forget

 Roderick D White AM RFD

State President

Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch)