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Rochester, NY 14618
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Monday, Mar. 18, 2019
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Rochester, NY 14618
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Ainsworth M. "Ted" Bennett

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Ainsworth M. "Ted" Bennett Obituary
Ainsworth M. "Ted" Bennett

Rochester - March 13, 2018, age 100. Predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Virginia, in 2008. Ted is survived by four children, Linda Bennett, Sandee Bennett, Gary (Judi) Bennett, David (Lucy) Bennett; granddaughter, Sarah Bennett; grandsons, Jamie and Cooper Bennett.

Ted was an Eagle Scout with the Gold Palm award. He was a WW II veteran and an active member of the Pittsford Rayson-Miller American Legion Post No. 899. Ted retired from NYSDOT in 1985. He was the senior civil engineer in charge of building I-490 from Bushnell's Basin to Exit 45 and of the I-390 extension in Greece. Ted and Virginia were award winning members of the Greater Rochester Rose Society. When Virginia began to have health problems, Ted became both the cook and the house keeper. Later he also became Virginia's primary caregiver. His loving care allowed Virginia to "age in place". Every day that Virginia was home with Ted was precious to both. Shortly before Virginia's death, she and Ted were faced with unexpected challenges from both a local nursing home and a home care agency. Ted was prevented from resuming his caregiving duties after Virginia completed a short rehabilitation stay. Eventually Ted prevailed after a 2+ month struggle to gain Virginia's return home.

Ted pursued a nursing home rights case to New York's Court of Appeals. The AARP Foundation filed an amicus brief with the Appellate Division and wrote an article regarding the case (see link at www.anthonychapels.com). After the case was dismissed, Ted continued tirelessly to seek both justice and change. Ted wrote letters and proposed legislation in desiring to protect the fundamental rights of others to age in place. Ted strongly believed that the individual knows best.

Since Virginia's death, Ted kept more than busy. He embraced life, not letting his mind or body "rust". He was an avid bridge player and until recently exercised almost daily. Ted attended church, visited Virginia's grave, maintained his house, cooked his own meals and especially enjoyed video calls with his young grandsons who live in Pennsylvania.

Ted was greatly assisted by the caring UR Medicine medical professionals, neighbors Miguel Munoz and Steve Sabin, and the Jewish Community Center in achieving his goal of becoming an aging in place success story. The family would like to especially thank Geoffrey G. Morris, MD, Jean V. Joseph, MD, the nurses and staff at the Acute Care for the Elderly unit at Highland Hospital, the Home Care Visiting Nursing Hospice team, and Youngrin Kim, MD.

Friends may call MONDAY, March 18 from 1 - 2 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 2 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Avenue). Interment to follow at White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to AARP Foundation, PO BOX 93207, Long Beach, CA 90809-3207 or UR Medicine Visiting Nurse Hospice, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580. To share a memory of Ted or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com.
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2019
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