Obituary of Andre BENNETT (1936 – 2021) – Toronto, ON


ANDRÉ BENNETT January 24, 1936 – December 14, 2021 After a recent diagnosis of cancer, and surrounded by the love of his family, André passed away peacefully in Toronto at Bridgepoint Hospital. André lived his life with passion and found great joy in solitary and social activities. Under the eyes of his family, he often conducted his favorite pieces of classical and choral music, sang verses from La Marseillaise or recited verses from his prodigious memory of the cinema. His delight in sharing a delicious meal with good friends (especially soup and dumplings) was legendary. He liked to laugh. Growing up in Pasadena, California in the 1940s and 1950s, in a family that experienced upheaval, he was surrounded by a vast natural world to explore. His innate curiosity, his sense of adventure and his love of fishing have never wavered (despite a certain family resistance). Neither did his lifelong passion for cinema. Moved to Canada in 1968 to teach sociology at Erindale College, he changed course in the early 1980s when he became an independent distributor and producer of art films through his companies Cinéphile and Cinema Esperanza. He was an avid promoter of independent filmmaking and considered his great fortune to be a supporter of gifted Canadian filmmakers in the ’80s and’ 90s. Unpretentious and enthusiastic, André was infinitely proud of his wife, Joanne, and his children, André, Sean (Ali, Cooper and Emma), Claire (Brenden), Jake and Patrick (Jessica). He is survived by his sister Frances, his brother Robert, his extended family and dear friends in Toronto and across Canada, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. A commemorative rally will be held in the spring. There will be dumplings!

Published by The Globe and Mail December 18-22, 2021.


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