October 27, 1928 ~ January 6, 2018
Jean B. Bennett, 89, passed away peacefully at home on January 6, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Milton, MA on October 27, 1928 to the late James and Mildred Butler, she was the second youngest of six siblings and spent her childhood in North Quincy, MA, with frequent summer visits to Nantucket. Jean matriculated for a short time at Simmons College but soon met her soulmate and sixty-eight year life partner, Al, whom she married in 1947. They shortly thereafter moved to Connecticut, settling eventually in North Haven in 1959, where they raised five children: Jim (Joan), Alan (Roxanne), Jan (Chris Cowles), Peter (Carmel), and Rick. Jean devoted her life to family, faith, service, and hospitality. A loving wife to Al until his death in 2016, she was the rock of the Bennett family to the very end of her rich, full life. Jean treated each and every personal encounter as one to be savored and thoroughly enjoyed; she passed judgment on no one and found goodness in everyone. A twenty-one year member of the New Haven Lions Club and a Charter member of the New Haven Lioness Club before that, Jean also found fulfillment in serving others, while her faith knew no bounds. She leaves behind a sister, Millie, her five children, thirteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Al, daughter-in-law Jacqueline, brothers Charlie and Fred, and sisters Marjorie and Ruth. The family invites friends to attend a Memorial Service for Jean on Saturday, January 20, 2018, 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 her 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.