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Donald Vincent Bennett
August 20, 1938 ~ October 21, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Donald Vincent Bennett, affectionately known as D.V., was born on August 20, 1938, and passed away on October 21, 2023. He touched the lives of many and left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him.
D.V. was preceded in death by his mother, Leona Bennett, his father, George Bennett (Ruth), his brother, Tom Bennett, and his son, Donnie Bennett, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Bennett, his son Tom Bennett (Corby), daughters Debbie Bennett and Dana Bennett (Jessica), his (step) son, James Daniels (Alison), his (step) daughter Breanna Crane, and the pride and joy of this life, his eight grandchildren, Thomas, Layla, Ethan, Charley, Mason, Paxton, Addison, and Hannah. He is also survived by many nieces, and nephews, as well as many loving sisters-in-law, fondly known as the ‘Catalano girls’, who were a cherished part of his extended family.
D.V.'s journey began when he graduated from Poughkeepsie High School and subsequently enlisted in the Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he served as a Cryptology Operator, supporting the US Air Force Strategic Air Command. Following his military service, D.V. embarked on a career that spanned over 40 years at General Electric.
In his early years, if you were looking for D.V., you'd often find him on a softball field, coaching a women's softball team. He was a dedicated sports enthusiast and took immense pride in cheering for his daughter, Dana, during her collegiate softball career, traveling far and wide to be at her games. D.V. also had a passion for horse racing, was a wine connoisseur and enjoyed fishing with his close friend, Joe DeGeorge, where debates about the size of their catches always brought laughter.
D.V. was renowned for his sense of humor, captivating his family, and especially his grandchildren, with his famous "knee slappers." He had a deep appreciation for history, particularly the Civil War, and loved reading about it.
In his later years, D.V. cherished the time he spent with his beloved wife, Sue. They were inseparable, exploring the world together. No matter where they went, their favorite place was Cape May, New Jersey, where they reveled in the beauty of Sunset Beach and the heartfelt ceremonies held in honor of veterans.
D.V. was a proud member of Goodwill Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, NY finding solace and inspiration in Sunday mornings spent in prayer and the enchanting melodies of the church band and choir. During quieter moments, D.V. could be found on his deck, enjoying a cocktail, smoking his daily cigar, and observing the comings and goings of the birds.
D.V. Bennett was a rare gem—a true gentleman who led with his heart, brightened the lives of those around him with his laughter, and devoted himself wholeheartedly to his family. He leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter that will be cherished and missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Visitation will take place Thursday October 26th, 2023 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm at Goodwill Church 2135 New York 208, Montgomery, NY 12549.
A service will be held Friday October 27th, 2023 at 10:00am at Goodwill Church.
Burial will follow at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.
In addition to flowers, memorial contributions can be made out to Goodwill Church.