Blauvelt, NY - Frank Bennett was born on May 28, 1930 in Liverpool, England. Frank travelled the world as a British Merchant Marine. He came to New York in 1959 and met the love of his life, Bridie Shine. They were married in 1961 and celebrated 58 cherished years. Frank's career is one of a hard-working immigrant who quickly started his own contracting company that grew over the years to a successful business thanks to his strong work ethic. He left a legacy of kindness and was a quintessential gentleman. He was a hard working, honorable and ethical man. He was gifted with a quick wit and a remarkable intelligence. Frank was predeceased by his brothers, John, Bill and Brendan. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Bridie, his sister Rose, and his four children: Margaret, John and his wife Ailish, Joseph and his wife Shannon, and Frank and his wife Joanna. His proudest role was that of a caring and loving grandfather to his 16 grandchildren: Breeda, Caroline, Ashling, Ailish, Keely, Connor, Lila, Aidan, Molly, Liam, Robert, Brendan, Clara, Belle, Maeve and Kelsey. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Frank was blessed with a large extended family of nieces and nephews in the U.S., Canada and Ireland. East Road neighbors, the late Jack and Gert Cotter, and The Doolan Family were among those he considered family. Similarly the Shine, Carrigan, Cunningham, Healy and Monks families were more than in-laws they were Frank's closest friends with whom there are years of the happiest memories. Frank's compassion and sincerity touched each and every person who knew him. He will be dearly missed. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 31st, 9:45am at St. Catharines Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY with burial to follow at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, July 30th, 3-7pm at Moritz Funeral Home, 98 Route 303, in Tappan, NY. As per COVID guidelines, the funeral home chapel capacity is limited to 25 people at a given time and will also require face covering and social distancing.
Published in The Journal News from Jul. 28 to Jul. 29, 2020.