In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the MDS Foundation, P.O. Box 353, Crosswicks, NJ 08515 or to the Ipswich Lions Club Scholarship Fund, Box 525, Ipswich, MA 01938.
Stanley Myron “Chip” Bennett Jr., 68, of Glen, N.H., died December 29, 2008, with his loving wife, Janet, by his side, after a very long and most courageous battle against MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome).
He was born in Salem on August 14, 1940, the son of Stanley and Elizabeth Brown Bennett of Ipswich.
Mr. Bennett grew up in Ipswich, graduating from Ipswich High School, Class of 1958.
Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was proud of his military service and particularly proud of the fact that he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61). He spent three and a half years at sea, attaining the rank of engineman third class. He often spoke of the opportunity given him by the Navy to “see the world.”
Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Bennett set out to learn the general contracting business as a member of his father’s firm, S.M. Bennett & Sons.
Upon his father’s retirement in 1975, he carried on the family business until his own retirement in 2001.
Mr. Bennett was a true craftsman, a perfectionist, with his work always in great demand. He often stated, “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”
Upon retirement, Mr. Bennett spent several years in Naples, Fla., before permanently resettling in Glen, N.H., in 2001.
He was a member of the Ipswich Lions Club for 20 years, serving as the director of the “Leo Club” and supervisor of the Lions Club Scholarship Fund. He was also elected president of the club from 1983 to 1984. He was also a proud and active member of the American Legion Post 95, North Conway, N.H., for the past five years.
Mr. Bennett was a remarkable human being who faced his lethal illness with exceptional grace and courage. All who knew him were profoundly impressed by his dignity and desire to pursue whatever reasonable options were available that would give him the opportunity to spend a little more time with his family. His beautiful and quiet smile, which expressed infinite confidence, will be remembered by everyone who knew him.
His greatest strength and his true source of pride were his caring and adoring wife of 25 years, Janet, his family, and in particular, his three grandchildren, Maggie, Morgan and Tanner. He took great joy in being fondly known to them as “Grampy.” They were his pride and joy and always made him smile even during difficult days.
Besides fishing in the Ipswich River, boating, skiing and traveling, he took great joy in his dogs, Mopey, Annie, Cassie and Andy.
Besides his wife and grandchildren, he is survived by his sister, JoAnn Bennett Allie and her husband, Bob, of Naples, Fla.
He also leaves two sons, Michael Bennett and his wife, Stacey, of Ipswich and Jason Bennett and his wife, Cathy, of Bartlett, N.H.
He also leaves his niece, Carrie Clasby of Ipswich; his nephew, Craig Jenkins of Naples, Fla.; as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews.
A celebration of Mr. Bennett’s life will be held Tuesday May 19, 2009 from 4 to 7:30 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends respectfully welcomed.