Calvin Bennett

April 1, 1917 - March 4, 2010

Calvin Bennett, 92, of Vallejo, passed away at home, Thursday, March 4, after a brief illness. He was born April 1, 1917, in Keatchie, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana.

Calvin was employed as a brick kiln operator at Port Costa Brick Works, Port Costa, CA, retired after 36 years of employment. He was a member and shop steward of ILWU.

Calvin enjoyed Scripture, poetry and song lyrics. He was an early member of the North Bay Club that met at the Florence Douglas Senior Center. He cared deeply about issues affecting the African-American community, especially racial disparity and reparation, and lack of education among many of the young people today. Baseball was something he always drew pleasure from as a child, and as a young father he was a volunteer Little League coach at Wilson Park in South Vallejo.

He especially loved sharing the many stories of his travels throughout the United States, the Caribbeans, Europe and Israel. However the place he felt most passionately about was his travels to Africa. There he had the thrill of discovering and touring the ancient pyramids of Egypt as well as visiting Kenya.

Calvin was pre-deceased by his wife of 63 years, Juila Mae Bennett. He is survived by daughters, Carolyn Franklin and Gwen Bennett of Vallejo and Donna Bennett Thomas of Richmond; son, Calvin Bennett, Jr. of Vallejo; sister, Erma Rhodes of Sacramento; 14 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cooley-Riolo Mortuary, Vallejo. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, at Church of Deliverance in Vallejo with Rev. Eugene Calhoun officiating.

Funeral Home

Cooley & Riolo Mortuary
505 Couch Street Vallejo, CA 94590
(510) 237-5473

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Mar. 9, 2010