Robert B. Bennett
1938 - 2021
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SHAMOKIN - Robert B. Bennett, 82, of 59 Mountain Road, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township.

He was born in Geneva, New York, April 1, 1938, a son of the late Harry H. and Dorothy (Hibbard) Bennett. Robert and his wife, Connie, have resided in the Shamokin area for the past 10 years. Prior to living in Shamokin, they resided in Geneva, New York.

Robert was a graduate of the Geneva High School, Class of 1956, and was also a proud graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City.

Robert enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, Oct. 18, 1956, from Buffalo, New York. During his enlistment, he served with MAD, NABTC, NAS, in Pensacola, Florida, and also served a year and a half on the USS Intrepid, an Essex-class aircraft carrier. He received an honorable discharge April 23, 1959. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, April 24, 1959, and was stationed at Pensacola until his discharge, May 1, 1960.

Robert was married Jan. 30, 1965, in St. John's Episcopal Church, in Brooklyn, New York, to the former Connie Pena, who survives.

Robert was a police officer for the New York Police Department (NYPD), having retired from the force in 1981. Later he was employed as a security guard for the Veterans Administration until his retirement.

Robert enjoyed woodworking and wood carving, golf, hunting, fishing and especially enjoyed time spent with his family.

Robert is survived by his wife, Connie; their daughter, Kathleen Lerch and her husband, Michael, of Shamokin; three grandchildren, Robert, Brandon and Jared; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Marie Bennett; two brothers, Greg Bennett and Henry Sullivan; three sisters, Kathleen Flick, Susan Vogt and Donna; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessica; his granddaughter, Eleni; and a brother, Barth Bennett.

Funeral services to be announced at a later date.

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Published in The News Item on Jan. 19, 2021.
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January 30, 2021
Dear Connie. So sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of him during our classmate years and beyond. He was a kind and loving man who had many interests and smiles galore. Sandy recalls fondly his visits with Bob in Brooklyn, NYC and Geneva. Rest In Peace, Bob.
Santo and Barbara LiDestri
January 21, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s death. I enjoyed knowing him when we worked at the VA. He was at all times a gentle and interesting man.
Marianne Clock
January 19, 2021
Be free now uncle Bob be free.
Alison Valentine
January 19, 2021
Dear family, please accept my sincere condolences, may you find comfort from the encouraging words found. 1Thessalonians 4:14
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