Alan C. Bennett, 91, passed away peacefully at Regency House in Wallingford on June 30, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cheshire on July 10, 1924 to the late Melville and Helen Munro Bennett; he was a graduate of Hillhouse High School and Northeastern University and a longtime resident of North Haven. A proud veteran, Al served with honor in WWII's Pacific Theater, receiving two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, a Silver Star, and numerous Campaign Medals. He spent his entire professional career at C. Cowles and Company in New Haven, retiring in 1989 as Company President, a position he had held for the previous nineteen years. He was very active and well-known in the business community, serving on several Boards; among them: Evergreen Cemetery, the Hospital of Saint Raphael, and New Haven Savings Bank, during his business life. He was also a past president of the Manufacturers Association. A firm believer in giving back to the community, he was a fifty-nine year member and a past president of the New Haven Lions Club and was honored by the club in 2012 with a 'Life Membership.' Most of all, Al was all about family. For fully fifty years, Bear Spring Camps in Rome, Maine was the family's home away from home for two weeks each August, while Thanksgiving at the Bennetts was a true family holiday. Al leaves behind his wife of sixty-eight years, Jean, five children (Jim and Joan Bennett, Alan and Roxanne Bennett, Jan and Chris Cowles, Peter and Carmel Bennett, and Rick Bennett), thirteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Jean. The family invites friends to attend a Memorial Service for Al on Saturday, July 9, 2016, 10:30 a.m., at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3 Trumbull Place, in North Haven. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made either to St. John's Episcopal Church or to the 'Lions Club of New Haven Charitable Trust,' P.O. Box 8012, New Haven, CT 06530.

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  1. My dear Al never let me feel as though I moved away. He and Jean kept in touch with me telling me all that was happening within their family’ the last time I heard his voice was last week over the answering machine’ My life has been enriched knowing and loving The Bennetts, truly a unique family. Peace’ .Anne Amore

  2. My wishes are sent out to your entire family, especially Jim and Joan, part of the \.Lions\. family. Fondly, Janet Sola, Hamden Lions

  3. Love & hugs to the Bennett family. I have fond childhood memories visiting Jan, my classmate and her family over the years. Entering a home full of laughter and love will always be remembered. donna

  4. I knew Mr. Bennett from Bear Spring Camps in Rome, Maine, as my family also vacationed there in August. Our cabins were only one away from one another. With the size of the Bennett family, there was also something going on on their front porch that anyone was welcome to join in on. Al, his wife Jean and their five children were always warm, wonderful people. When I think of Al, I think of his friendly smile, sense of humor and the aroma of his ever present pipe fragranting the air. His hugs were great too. My condolences to Jean and his five children. My heart goes out to all of you.

    Lisa F. Attix, Moorestown, NJ

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