Francis W. Bennett, 88, of Enfield, passed away at Evergreen Health Care Center on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.
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Francis was born on Feb. 28, 1925, and grew up in Hartford until he enlisted into the Army 1942, landing on Omaha Beach third wave on D-Day. After returning from war he met the love of his life and married on March 6,1948. Francis moved to Enfield to raise his family and worked as a construction worker for many years, then retired from United Technologies in 1997. Not only was he an avid lover and fan of his wife and all seven of his children, he also loved the New York Yankees and followed them every season.
Francis leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Jeanette Marie (Furnari) Bennett of Enfield; four sons, Charles E. Bennett, and his wife, Laura, of Brooksville, Fla., Kevin B. Bennett, and his partner, Krissa Mercier, of Somers, Fran M. Bennett, and his wife, Pamela, of East Windsor, and Robert A. Bennett, along with his partner, Ethan Kuritz, of Avon; three daughters, Raelyn Spiller-Reardon, and her husband, Michael, of Somers, Robin E. Van Damme, and her husband, Brian, of Windsor Locks, and Carolina Orlosky, and her fiancé, Jorge Valdes, of Tampa, Fla.; 12 wonderful grandchildren, Brian Bennett, Erin Scott, Charles Bennett Jr., Tina Cox, Autumn Delong, Matthew Bennett, Jason Bennett, Jillian Nemergut, Brooke Caponegro, Alyssa Tezack, Nicole Bennett, Michael Bennett, Danielle Tezack, and Victoria Reardon; and 14 great-grandchildren. Francis is predeceased by his beautiful granddaughter, Lisa Marie Cocchi; two brothers, Ralph and Richard; and two sisters, Marion Priest and Nancy Keefe all originally of Connecticut.
Francis' family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield.
A private entombment will take place in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
We would like to thank all of the nurses and staff at Evergreen Health Care for all tremendous support, kindness, and comfort they provided to Francis and his family. We will always be grateful.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
For additional information, directions, or to extend an online expression of sympathy please visit
Browne Funeral Chapels
43 Shaker Road
Enfield, CT 06082
Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31, 2014