Al (known to many as Abe) was born November 25. 1915 in Port Gamble, WA to John Henry and Mary Ellen (Flaherty) Bennett. He died on December 28, 2013 at his home in Everett, WA where he had lived for over 70 years. Al met his wife, Marguerite Gamelien, at Everett High School from which he graduated in 1934. They were married for 65 years until her death in 2001. During high school, he achieved the highest level attainable in scouting, the Eagle Scout. Al was part of the Civilian Conservation Corps for a few months in 1935 before going to work at Robinson's mill in Everett. In 1942 he started work at the shipyard, at which point his wages increased from 50 cents an hour to $1.20 per hour. He joined the United States Navy (Seabees) in 1944 and served in the Philippines. After the war, he worked at Scott Paper Company from which he retired in 1973. Abe and Marge enjoyed their many years of fishing and hunting with friends. They loved the cabin they had built on the Cle Elum River near Salmon La Sac. Abe spent numerous hours finishing the inside of the cabin, and it became his favorite place on earth. Nothing was better than sitting on the front deck with a cigar, a drink and a radio to hear a ballgame. He is survived by his son, Ron Bennett, his daughter, Cindy Bennett (Joe Stackpoole) and his grandchildren, Theresa Cuthill, Steve Bennett, Dave Bennett, Susan Bennett, Sara Bennett, Micaela Stackpoole and Nathan Stackpoole as well as six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Marge, his brothers, Joe Bennett and Frank Bennett, and his daughter-in-law, Patricia Scherrer Bennett. At his request, no memorial service will be held.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 12, 2014