OBITUARY: David Frederick BENNING

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David Frederick BENNING
1941-2020

David Frederick Benning died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 27 at Saint Brigid’s Home, Quebec City, following over 20 years with Parkinson’s disease. He was 79.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 42 years Susan (Langford) and his loving children Michael and Sarah, as well as his sister-in-law Mary (Alex) Craig, his niece Heather (Don) Ellery and their children Hannah and William, and many friends in Quebec and around the world.
Originally from London, England, where he was born on March 12, 1941, David was a very popular English and history teacher at Quebec High School for 33 years. In his twenties, he worked in Spain, where he learned Spanish, and in Gibraltar, before studying at the University of Leicester in England. He continued his studies at the University of Calgary and at Swansea University in Wales, and then taught in London, England, Dartmouth, N.S. and finally Quebec City.
David loved to travel and visit friends in England, Spain and Greece. He was very fond of animals, and enjoyed listening to classical music and reading his many varied books on British trains, historical events and Shakespeare.
A very patient, kind and generous man, with a ready smile, our dearly loved husband and father is now at peace.
He donated his brain to research into Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Our family would like to thank Dr. Martin Parent at the CERVO Brain Research Centre for his gracious accompaniment during the donation process.
Should you wish to make a donation in David’s memory, it may be made to
Parkinson Québec, 560, rue Ontario Est, Montréal, QC H2L 0B6; INCA (CNIB-Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Centre de Traitement des Dons, CP 553 Succ. Place-d’Armes, Montréal, QC H2Y 9Z9; Société Alzheimer, CP 11091 Succ. Centre Ville, Montréal, QC H3C 9Z9; SPA de Québec (Society for the Protection of Animals), 1130, avenue Galilée, Québec, QC G1P 4B7, or to a charity of your choice.
We would like to express our great appreciation and gratitude to all those at Saint Brigid’s Home who showed such kindness and compassion to David, and also to us, during his residence and last days there.
We especially wish to thank Dr. Anne-Marie Perrault and all the dedicated staff on the third floor who cared for him so very well. Several times near the end, they even thought of putting on his music for him, which was playing quietly when we arrived, even though he was in a deep sleep. This was very special care, for which we are very grateful.