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Neil John Bennet

Much loved husband of Jennie and a dearest dad of Kate, Tom and Jack.
Funeral is Friday 27th November at 11.30am. Attendance is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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  1. Dear Jennie, Kate, Tom & Jack – we were shocked and so terribly sorry to hear the sad news about Neil. We have known your all since arriving in Bridle Close over 15 years ago and Neil was always so helpful, cheerful and a font of knowledge about most things! I enjoyed our ‘running’ chats as were both members of MAC some years ago, can remember bringing Harry & Josh over to see the eggs / chicks / chickens in your house & garden. You always made time to say hello & have a chat.

    We were sad when you and Jennie moved out of the Close at the start of 2020 but also excited about the new chapter in your life.

    You leave a great legacy Neil in Kate, Tom and Jack. You will be missed by many, especially us.

    Sending love to you especially Jennie at this sad time. Think of the happy times x

    Sam, Steve, Harry & Josh (from 1a Bridle Close)

    Samantha Turner
  2. Dear Jeanie, Tom, Katy and Jack
    We were sadden to hear of your sudden and
    tragic loss. We recall our chats in the Close over the years about things horticultural, the allotment, running, our families exploits and the love of Dorset.
    Our thoughts are with you all and sent with our most sincere condolences.
    James, Jean, Harriet, Charlotte and Joe.

    Jean and James Hope
  3. Dear Jennie and Family,

    We were so saddened to hear of your loss and our thoughts go out to you and your closest.
    We will always remember Neil with the fondest of memories. We were so privileged to have met him in the time that we were acquaintanced and will always remember him for his great character and passion for his lovely garden.

    Wishing you all the very best.

    Danny and Steve (EweMove Maidenhead)

    Danny and Steve (EweMove Maidenhead)
  4. Dear Jennie, Kate, Tom and Jack

    We were shocked and saddened beyond measure to learn the news about Neil.

    Ever since Furze Platt School Association days we have known Neil as a pillar of his community, a man with a huge capacity for thinking of and helping others. We enjoyed the New Year walks he organised and led regardless of the weather. He was both a gentle man and a gentleman.

    As the Gallery shows, he has left you so many happy memories to help sustain you through the future. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.


    Janet and Chris

    Janet and Chris Weeks
  5. I’m sorry and shocked to hear of Neil’s tragic death. We were work colleagues in Satchwell many years ago. I remember him and his Morris dancing quite often here in Austria. I teach Business English at companies and of course I get asked about English traditions. I always tell them about one of our traditions “Morris dancing” and that I used to work with a guy called Neil who Morris danced. So his memory goes on far and wide in others.
    My thoughts are with you during this very sad time.

    Christina Moesslacher (Wilson)
  6. Dear Jennie, Kate, Tom and Jack. I am devastated Neil has gone. He was my first boss in 1984 at Satchwell Control Systems. I was a headstrong 18 year old and he was a cool calm strong leader and a dear friend. The purest kindest man I have ever known who moulded me into the adult I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you – a beautiful kind family. John Maynard

    John Maynard
  7. Dear Jennie, Kate, Tom & Jack

    I`m very sad to hear about Neil.
    We worked together for 19 years at Satchwell in Slough.
    I always found him to be very kind and a great person to work with .
    I know how much he will be missed.
    My thoughts are with you all .
    Love from Alastair

    Alastair Gibson
  8. Dear Jennie, Kate, Tom and Jack,

    We were so sorry to hear the sad news about Neil.

    We have fond memories of many happy family times.

    Sending love to you all,

    Pat and Vic

    Pat and Vic Mitchell
  9. Dear Jennie, Kate, Tom and Jack,

    We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Neil.

    We have many happy memories of fun times of family Christmases in times past.

    The values you have always had as parents shine through in Kate, Tom and Jack. So whilst Neil is no longer with us he will live on.

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

    Jill, Nigel, Anna and Katie xx

    Jill Darlow
  10. Dear Jennie, Kate, Tom and Jack
    We are so sad to hear the news about Neil.
    We have so many fond memories of all our happy Christmas’s with all the family together that will never be forgotten.
    Our love and thoughts are with you all.

    Nicky, Gareth, Ellie, Freya & Lorien xx

    Nicky Jones
  11. Dear Jennie, Kate, Tom and Jack

    We were all so deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic news about Neil.

    We have fondest memories of many special family occasions over the years and he will be missed terribly.

    The gallery of photos is such a lovely and fitting memory of him and to be treasured forever.

    You are all in our thoughts at this sad time.

    Ness, Gary and Maddy xx

    Ness Lovejoy
  12. We were extremely shocked and saddened to hear of Neil’s passing. Although we had only got to know him (and Jennie) this year, upon their move to Dorset, he was someone who, in that relatively short time, made a big impact on us both personally and professionally.

    Whilst we cannot claim that we were good friends (as we only knew him for a relatively short time), one thing we can say without contradiction, was that he was a very happy chappie – we often saw him working away in the rain (particularly during October!) and still he had a smile on his face!

    During the last few months Neil & Jennie had planted around 1000 bulbs and perennials, these will, for us, be a permanent and welcome reminder of Neil’s horticultural skill and enthusiasm – he was the embodiment of the RHS book ‘Right plant, Right place’ ! In the absence of an image of Neil we have posted a photo of the first plant he relocated for us – a grateful Hellebore.

    We will certainly miss his smile, knowledge and conversation and wish we had been able to know him for much, much longer.

    With our love and condolences to Jennie and Family…

    Gordon & Lida

    Gordon & Lida
  13. To dear Jennie Kate Tom and Jack

    We are so very sorry and deeply saddened to hear the news about Neil. Words are not enough and our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will always remember Neil with much love and fond memories and for how special he was. Hold on to those special memories of Neil. Sending you all our love.

    Karen Vince Simon Helen Anthony and Niya xx

    Karen O'Horo
  14. We are so very sad at the loss of my dear cousin Neil. We have enjoyed getting to know the adult Neil and his delightful family in recent years and are sad that we will not be able to see him in his new Dorset setting. I was the oldest and Neil the youngest of five cousins. Neil was a shy little boy, and it was lovely to see what a kind, funny and interesting man he had become, and how with Jennie he had produced and nurtured such an interesting and growing menagerie. Here is a photo of Neil and Jennie on their flower-filled Maidenhead patio on one of our memorable lunches with the family. R.I.P. Neil.

    Julia SHay
  15. In memory of Neiĺ and loving thoughts with Jennie, Kate and Tom. Craig and Lucienne

    Mrs Lucienne Lazell
  16. In memory of Neil. Our thoughts are with Jennie, Kate, Tom and Jack
    Craig and Lucienne x

    Lucienne Lazell
  17. In memory of Neil. So sorry to hear of this tragic news. My thoughts are with the Bennet family.

    Jenny Nicolas

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