Clyde W. Bennett

Clyde W. Bennett, 71, of Simpson, died Tuesday morning at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. He was the husband of the former Carol Gibbs-Smith. They were married on June 10, 1977

Born January 8, 1942, in Unity, Maine, he was the son of the late Charles F. and Cleo Shorey Bennett. He was also preceded in death by his stepmother who raised him, Marion Weston Bennett.

He was the owner and operator of Bennett's Small Engine Repair Shop in Carbondale. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in both the Army and the Navy and was a lifetime member of the VFW in Maine. He enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, reading, cooking and watching the Food Channel. In earlier years, he always looked forward to his semi-annual motorcycle trip to Maine with his wife. He found great pleasure being with his favorite pet dogs: Tigger, Sasha and Lady.

The family would like to thank Dr. Stafford Smith, Dr. Ferdinand Manahan, Dr. Gregory Cali, Dr. Gregory Salko and Kenneth Bannon, P.A. for their care and kindness while treating Clyde for his cardiac and kidney disease over the past ten years. To Dr. David Tomazic and the staff of the Forest City Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, our appreciation for their patience, care and understanding while Clyde was in physical rehab. To all the staff at Davita Dialysis Center in Childs for the terrific care, patience and the staff's wonderful sense of humor shown to Clyde during his nine years of treatment.

He is survived by a stepson, Mark Smith of Carbondale, Pa.; one son, Michael Bennett of Augusta, Maine; three sisters, Sara Jane Kahler and husband Howard of Bremen, Maine; Francena Bennett of Bremen, Maine; and Maxine Watson of White Field, Maine; a granddaughter, Jackelyn Smith-Matsumoto of Jermyn, Pa.; a great-grandson, Tristin Matsumoto; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles F. Bennett Jr.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. from the Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Farview and 41st streets, Carbondale, with Pastor Don Perry, officiating. Cremation will follow. Spring Interment, Willow View Cemetery, Clifford, Pa.

Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. For directions, to send online condolences to the family or to view his online memorial scrapbook, please visit www.parisefu neralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

Funeral Home

Parise Funeral & Monument
89 Farview St. Carbondale, PA 18408
(570) 282-3640

Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 21, 2013