Frank Bennett, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor, died at his retirement community in Crystal River, Fla., on Jan. 16 of congestive heart failure. He was 76.
Mr. Bennett was born in Sag Harbor on June 22, 1935, the only son of Louis Bennett and the former Hilda Loper. He attended Pierson High School and after graduation he lived in Sag Harbor, where he worked as a printer at The Sag Harbor Express. Mr. Bennett later joined the National Guard and served for six years. Mr. Bennett took a job with the Hampton Press in Bridgehampton, where he worked for over 30 years until his retirement.
On Oct. 16, 1960, Mr. Bennett was married in Sag Harbor to the former Barbara Stephens of Amagansett. The couple, who were married for 51 years, first lived in an apartment in Sag Harbor and soon moved to Mr. Bennett’s family house on Madison Street, which had been built by his father.
Mr. Bennett joined the Sag Harbor Fire Department in 1970, holding several different positions with the department’s Montauk Hose Company. When his failing eyesight made fighting fires more dangerous, he took on the duties of chief dispatcher. “His familiar cadence of ‘K double E 261’ was a dinnertime occurrence for many years,” his family said, referring to his nightly radio-check call to department members over the emergency communications system. He was “extremely proud of the fact that he was chosen Fireman of the Year in 1982,” his family wrote. Exactly 25 years later his son, Bill, received the same award.
During his retirement, Mr. Bennett was a director of the Crystal Pointe homeowners association. He enjoyed playing pool each week at the Moose Lodge and playing cards with friends on the weekends. His tricolored mini cocker spaniel, Lucie, was often at his side.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife and by his sister, Betty Herman of Sag Harbor. He also leaves three children, Bill Bennett of Sag Harbor, Amy Davis of Aquebogue, and Karen Phillips of Homosassa Springs, Fla., and three grandchildren.
His family has suggested memorial contributions to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 2725, Sag Harbor 11963.