It is with great sadness the Bennett family and great friends announce the passing of Charlie Bennett. Father of Colin and Adam (Priscilla) and grandfather-to-be, brother of Kathy (Larry), Jimmy predeceased (Ursula), uncle of David (Jennifer), Dawn (Darren), Doug (Kendra), Holy, Jamie and Emily. Charlie Bennett experienced and enjoyed life always on his terms and in a way that possibly no one ever will (or should try to!). Charlie was a true builder in every sense of the word and his determination and absolute refusal to fail led to a lifetime of success, achievements and great times. Charlie started the Bennett group of companies 40 years ago and it has grown into one of the most recognized and respected names in the water and wastewater industry. Charlie has also designed and built numerous structures, equipment and boats, Charlie’s sluice and slide gate has been utilized in water and wastewater plants throughout North America. Of the many boats he designed, his best and favorite was his 66 foot Bearcat II. The aluminum constructed cat hull vessel has navigated the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean seas and the Gulf of Mexico. Charlie also built his beautiful house and created an inspiring breathtaking property on Manitoulin Island. His farms, land and waterfront location are an amazing, inspiring oasis that is a true testament to Charlie’s life and vision, which he called “home”. What will be mostly missed about Charlie is his guidance, love and friendship. His outgoing and larger than life presence was a wonder to behold. He will be sadly missed but always remembered. Our family would like to extend a special thanks and heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has helped us through this profound loss. Online condolences may be left on the website at www.culginfuneralhome.ca. Culgin Funeral Home, 705-282-2270.