[2/28/2012] Last night, Edmund C. Bennett, Chancellor of the Diocese of Rhode Island for over forty years, died of an aggressive genetically based form of acute leukemia. Six weeks ago Ed was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for a series of tests and was diagnosed.
Earlier yesterday evening Bishop Wolf sent out a message stating that Ed had requested privacy early on in his illness, but that the time to ask for prayers had come. She wrote:
"he has not responded to treatment and is now in the intensive care unit. In consultation with Missy, his wife, I ask for your prayers as his doctors attempt yet another treatment...
Throughout these weeks, I have visited Ed, when medically possible, talked with Missy, exchanged emails and telephone calls and offered up many prayers. I share this with profound sadness, as Ed has served all of us with extraordinary generosity, wisdom, and integrity. I write this through tears."
His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at S. Stephen’s Church, 114 George Street, Providence. His wife, Carole Ann "Missy" Bennett, invites all to attend.
Ed and Missy Bennett met at our own ECC summer camp in High School, and have been integrally involved in the ministries and administrations of the Diocese of Rhode Island for the majority of their lives. Please keep Missy, as well as their children and grandchildren, in your prayers.
"Remember thy servant Edmund, O Lord, according to the favor which thou bearest unto all thy people: Open to him the gates of larger life, that he may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service in thy heavenly kingdom. Amen"