James W. Bennett, age 80, of Albion, died on March 26, 2010 at St. Vincent Hospital after a short illness. Born in Franklin, December 26, 1929, he was the son of the late George R. Bennett and Hazel Bucher Bennett. He graduated from Cochranton High School in 1947. James was retired from RMI (Reactive Metals Inc.) of Ashtabula, Ohio. He was a life member of the James T. Bowers VFW Post #169 in Venango, Pa., as well as a member of the Cambridge Springs American Legion Post #381, and a member of the Albion Moose Lodge #381. James served in the United States Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth M. Bennett, a sister, Evelyn Pollard, and her husband, Jim. Survivors include a stepson, Gary Meabon and his companion, Doris Wilson, of Conneaut, Ohio, a stepdaughter, Bonda Dahlin and her husband, George, of Albion, a step grandson, David Meabon and his wife, Suzanne, of Guys Mills, three step great-granddaughters, his sister, Mildred (Bennett) Bailey and her husband, Merrill, of Conroe, Texas, as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. You may pay your respects between the hours of 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at the Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may contribute in memory of James to the Albion Area Public Library, 111 East Pearl Street, Albion, PA 16401. To send condolences, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2010