Thomas E. Bennett

April 15, 1940 - Dec. 18, 2013
Thomas E. Bennett - April 15, 1940 - Dec. 18, 2013

       The Star has received word of the death of Thomas E. Bennett, an 11th-generation Bennett who grew up on Louse Point Road in Springs, on Dec. 18. Mr. Bennett, who died at home in Indianapolis, had been ill with pneumonia. He was 73.

       He was born in Springs on April 15, 1940, to Tunis and Margaret Bennett. Upon his graduation from East Hampton High School he joined the Navy, serving on ships in the Mediterranean for over four years, said his sister Beatrice Neill. He was a disabled veteran, she said, having suffered an injury aboard a naval vessel during his service.

       Following his discharge from the military, Mr. Bennett spent 35 years as a postal carrier for the United States Post Office. He was known for his good humor, his sister said. “Tom kept his family and friends amused with his endless supply of jokes.”

       While on a two-week visit to Indianapolis, he met his future wife. They were married on Jan. 14, 1967. Sandra Bennett survives him.

       “His heart was always in Bonac,” Ms. Neill said. “He just never got over that longing for home, and came back to visit several times.” She recalled visiting her brother in Indianapolis after he underwent surgery in 2000, taking  along sand from the beach at Louse Point for him. “He could smell the salt water in it and it gave him a touch of home,” she said.

       In addition to his wife and Ms. Neill, who lives in Essex Junction, Vt., he leaves two children, Kristen Bennett and Jason Bennett, both of Indianapolis, and another sister, Diane Lutz of Winslow, Me. Two brothers, Harold and Wesley Bennett, died before him.

       Mr. Bennett was cremated. A remembrance gathering is planned in Indianapolis in the spring. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675, or woundedwarriorproject.org.