Wilbur "Ed" "Whitey" Bennett, 86, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at his residence, after an extended illness. He was born in Pont, Pa. on February 23, 1927, the son of the late William and Vivian Campbell Bennett. He was a member of New Apostolic Church, Erie. Prior to the closing of Wellsburg United Methodist Church, he was involved with the Youth Fellowship and was a Boy Scout Master, Wellsburg, for ten years. He had taught Sunday School at Wellsburg United Methodist Church and at Grace United Methodist Church, Albion. He served with the U.S. Navy during WWII, participating in the American Theater campaign. He was a member of Girard American Legion. He was a former member of the Albion Area Lions Club and the Northwestern Food Pantry. He retired from the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad in 1985, as a clerk, after 42 years of service. He also worked part time for the Albion Phone Company, Tuckers Hardware and Hites Appliance Store, in Albion. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Bennett, a brother, Howard Bennett, two sisters Ruth Jones and Audrey Jones. He is survived by his wife, June Hill Bennett, whom he married on June 19, 1948; a son, Gary Bennett, Beatty, Nev.; two daughters, Melodee Pencille, Lake City, Pa. and Patti Irwin and her husband, Randy, Meadville, Pa. He is further survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the New Apostolic Church, 6005 Perry Highway, on Sunday at 2 p.m. Calling hours will be at the Mattera Funeral Home, Albion, on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m., with Priest Walter Hallmark, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Wellsburg. Memorials may be made to Regional Home Health and Hospice, 3526 Peach St., Erie, PA 16508, The Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16506, or the New Apostolic Church. To send condolences, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com.
Published in the Erie Times-News on May 5, 2013