James E. Bennett June 30, 1948 - January 3, 2013 NORWICH - James E. Bennett, 64, of Watson Drive, died on Thursday evening at the William W. Backus Hospital with his family at his side. On June 30, 1948 he was born in Columbia City, IN the son of Charles E. Bennett of Columbia City, IN and the late Dorothy (Rock) Bennett. James grew up in Indiana, graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and attended Purdue University
for two years before enlisting in the United States Navy
in 1968, serving as a machinist's mate aboard the USS Archerfish. He was honorably discharged in 1975. While serving in the Navy he met and fell in love with AnnMarie Wunderlich. They were married on June 3rd 1972 at St. Joseph's church. This past June, Jim and AnnMarie celebrated their 40th anniversary with friends and family by the ocean in New London. Renewing of vows were officiated by Father Leszek Janek. For many years he worked as a Senior Instructor at the Millstone Power Station in Waterford. James was a kind hearted person with strong Christian values and a unique sense of humor, but most of all he was a loving husband and father who was devoted to his family. For twenty-eight years he was involved with the Boy Scouts of America having been the Scout Master of Troop 5 which met at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Scouting became a passion of his, eventually becoming a Wood Badger and serving as Director of Silver Bar JLTC as well as being a Friends of Scouting director. Amongst numerous Honors and awards Jim received the Siler Beaver in 2000. He was instrumental in establishing and coordinating the yearly Millstone Merit Badge-oree. An annual event in which he recruited his wife, children, extended family members and friends to staff, which grew to include hundreds of participating scouts each year. In addition to his wife AnnMarie and his parents Charles and Vesta Bennett, he is survived by four children, Dorothy Bennett - Jakubowski and husband Michael, Jamie Cubanski and husband Brian, Sean Bennett (all of Norwich) and James Bennett and his wife Myrna of Cheshire; grandchildren, Emily and Greyson Cubanski, Katelyn and William Jakubowski, Aleysia and Hayden Bennett and Carrie Pletcher; one great-granddaughter, Milena Pletcher; siblings, Cheryl Dawson, Charleen Bechtold, Suzanne Johnson, Renee Aarick, Sherry Dowell, Dennis Bennett, Philip Trout and Victoria Bennett, and over 20 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy (Rock) Bennett, his mother and father in-law John and Rose Wunderlich, and both maternal and paternal grandparents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Church, 120 Cliff St, Norwich. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 5-7 P.M. at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 141 Central Ave, Norwich.