Joseph Henry Bennett, 102 years old, died December 9th, 2020 at the NH Veterans Home in Tilton after a long and wonderful life. He died of complications from Covid-19.
Born in Manchester on April 26, 1918, he was the son of George and Helen (Desrosiers) Bennett. He was the 2nd of 9 children who have all predeceased him. He attended St. Joseph Schools.
He served in the US Army during WWII from 1942 to 1945 with the 2nd Armored Division. He served in the European Campaign from Africa to Berlin where he earned numerous medals and ribbons for his service to his country.
After the war, Joseph returned to Manchester, where he married his sweetheart in November of 1946. He returned to work as a Grocer, and later worked in the garment industry making women's sportswear and eventually men's Cashmere coats. He managed the Shea Theaters in Manchester and also worked at the Pine Island Amusement Park during summer months until it closed.
He was a longtime and active communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish, having served in multiple ministries including head usher and acolyte throughout his many years there. He held membership in the Legion of One Thousand Men of the Monastery of the Precious Blood and was a proud member of the American Legion, Henry J. Sweeney Post #2. He always had a huge garden, enjoyed watching the Red Sox win, and loved decorating for Christmas. His family and friends were his greatest joy.
He was predeceased by his wife Rita L. (Boisvert) Bennett in 2005 and his daughter Claudette Brown in 2013. He was the lone survivor of his large immediate family.
Family members include his daughter, Susan Byrd and husband Timothy of Goffstown; his grandchildren, Michael Phoenix of Somersworth; Christen Nine and husband Trip of Manchester; Stephen Byrd of San Diego, CA; great-grandchildren, Daniel Nine and Marya Nine; sister-in-law Jackie Theodorou and husband Bob of Manchester; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours with masks and social distancing required at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm Street, corner of North Street, will be Sunday, December 20th, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church on Monday, December 21st, at 10:00 am.
Committal prayers and Military Honors will follow in the mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LIBERTY HOUSE helping homeless and struggling veterans (libertyhousenh.org) or Blessed Sacrament Parish's Food Pantry (blessedsacramentnh.org).