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Harvey E. Bennett

Posted By Bill On October 11, 2020 @ 9:45 am In Obituaries | 17 Comments

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1948 – 2020

Putnam – Harvey E. Bennett, age 72, died Saturday, October 10, 2020, at home, after a very brief illness.

Harvey was born on September 26, 1948 in Putnam and he was the son the late Herbert B. and Noella (Lariviere) Bennett.  He was educated in the Putnam School System and was a whiz at math, which was evident in his meticulous entries in his black binder. After leaving school following his 8th grade year, he began his lifelong career in manufacturing, having worked early on at a local plastics company and working the past 52 years, as a machinist, at J.M Dean in Putnam, retiring fully in 2020.

On October 11, 1969, he was united in marriage to Alma “Elsie” (Lannaville) Bennett.  They were married for 28 years, until her death in 1997.  Harvey is survived by his children, Scott J. Bennett and his wife Misty of Putnam; Heidi N. Bennett of Putnam and her companion Wayne Moore of Rhode Island; Joyce A. Cote and her companion Hugh McLaughlin III of Putnam; Steven M. Heath and his wife Rose of Thompson; Brenda J. Heath, with whom he lived in Putnam; Jamie J. Heath and his wife Debra of Putnam; his brothers, Raymond Bennett of Dayville, Leonard Bennett of Putnam and Michael Bennett of Woodstock; a sister, Elaine Eastman of Dayville.  He was a beloved Pepe/Pop to 17 grandchildren, Kristian Burke, Ashley Burke, Bradley Bennett, Samantha Bennett, Melissa Rhinehart, Wendy Heath, Kacey Terranova (also his Goddaughter), Courtney Cote, Jordan Cote, Stephanie Braham, Matthew Heath, Jason Heath, Earlene Ames, Adam Heath and Erin Muscato.  Also, his 23 Great-Grandchildren, Leah and Lexi Bennett, Zachary York, Jade Haney, Jameson Rhinehart, MacKenzie  Heath, Madison Heath, Jayden Black, Brandon Cacciapuoti, Cheyenne Kennedy, Hailey Terranova, Kelsey Terranova, Brianna Worden, Cassidy Worden, Gage Willison, Allie Falke, Justin Falke, Mikaela Andreas, Khloe Demers, Arthur Hopkins, Mackenzie Rae Heath, Alexandria Heath, Dominic Muscato, Aidan Heath and Emma Muscato; and his 3 great-great-grandchildren, Jacie and Ezra York, Brystol Haney.  In addition, he leaves his companion and long-time family friend, Diane Livernois of Putnam.  He was predeceased by three sons, Eugene “Huey” Heath, Allard  “Tyke” Heath Jr. and Curt Heath.

In addition to his manufacturing career, Harvey worked for several years at Bald Hill Restaurant and Vernon Styles Inn.  Harvey and Alma had a long career in Foster Care, having fostered over 50 children.  Never one to argue, when he’d had enough, he would say to his wife, “Woman, calm you nerves, you’re getting emotional” ,the kids would get a “now there”!  He was a life-long resident of Putnam and Thompson.  A strong family man, his greatest pleasure was the time he spent with his family.  He also enjoyed sitting outside on the back porch, feeding the birds and squirrels, talking with his neighbors, taking his daily walk around town and spending time with the “Laundromat Ladies.”  He was an avid New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan and was an ardent poker player. Harvey also enjoyed watching horror movies.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 2 pm in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Providence Street, Putnam.  The Very Reverend David Choquette will officiate the service.  There are no calling hours.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church Street, Putnam.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 320 Pomfret Street, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com. Due to the currant Covid-19 restrictions and at the families request masks must be worn while attending Harvey’s services.


Condolences for the family of “Harvey E. Bennett”

Condolence from Carol Bennett on October 11th, 2020 11:17 am

We are so sorry for the families loss .Uncle Harvey will greatly be missed by all .RIP Uncle Harvey .Fly High .

Condolence from Kenneth Zadziejko on October 11th, 2020 11:37 am

I am so sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. He was a fantastic guy and I have many fond memories of him that I will hold near and dear to me. It’s hard to put in to words….

Condolence from Your son, Jamie and Daughter-in-law, Deb on October 11th, 2020 11:44 am

Dad, you were the consummate family man, an amazing father and grandfather. Our hearts are broken, collectively, that you are no longer with us and that we will no longer get to enjoy your whit. Forever in our hearts and on our minds, we say this to you:

“Family is Forever”

You will be missed in so many ways,
there was no one quite like you.
You’ll be a part of this family’s heart
in everything we do.

Though no one else can take your place,
as we think of you and picture your face,
good memories will help to keep us strong.
Family is forever and the best of you,
in our hearts will live on.

Condolence from Michael and Judy Castonguay on October 11th, 2020 12:14 pm

Our thoughts are with Harvey and all of you. He was a great man and loved all of you. We were all lucky to have known him and his love for his family. He was an inspiration to all of us.

Condolence from Al and Marian Smat on October 11th, 2020 12:53 pm

Jamie and Deb our deepest sympathies to you both, know he is at peace

Condolence from Sandra Corey on October 11th, 2020 1:32 pm

My prayers go out for your family at this time.
May God comfort you and give you peace.

Condolence from John on October 11th, 2020 1:54 pm

My Deepest sympathy to the family who lost a great man

Condolence from Pat Devine on October 11th, 2020 4:33 pm

Jamie and Deb … so very sorry for your loss.

Condolence from SUSAN A COREY on October 11th, 2020 4:44 pm

Our family is greatly reduced for losing this quiet man who was so strong and loving. May God’s angels hasten his arrival in Heaven where he may sit in the arms of his Savior and look into the eyes of his beloved wife, Aunt Elsie. I pray God’s angels touch our hearts and walk with us through this season of sorrow, helping us to heal as we cry our tears of grief. May each teardrop help those of us left behind to let go and let God into our hearts. May all Uncle Harvey’s memories remind us how grateful we are for the precious time we had together and also remind us to appreciate those we still have. I ask this in Jesus’name. Amen

Condolence from Lisa Walker on October 12th, 2020 7:09 am

So sorry for your loss he was a great man he would makee laugh all the time just from his laugh may he rest in peace

Condolence from Kathryn and John Casey on October 12th, 2020 8:24 am

Jamie and Deb
Our sympathy to the family.

John and Kathy Casey

Condolence from Marc and Robin Coderre on October 12th, 2020 7:32 pm

So sorry to hear this. I would stop and talk to him on a regular basis when I was out walking the dog. He will be missed! He was a great guy and I enjoyed our talks. God speed brother.

Condolence from Lea Herrick on October 12th, 2020 7:50 pm

To Jamie,Debbie and Family,

We are so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. Your dad was a very special man and we are sorry for your loss. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Mark Thomas on October 14th, 2020 5:18 pm

A man who could stand among the tallest of gentle giants and make them all look small. My deepest sympathy goes out to all lives he touched and especially family members . His forever laughter and skills he taught me will never be forgotten .R.I.P. God speed ole man

Condolence from Debra Smutnick and Ronald Foisey on October 15th, 2020 6:27 pm

So sorry to hear the news of Harvey’s passing. He was a hoot and a joy to work with for 40 years. His family was everything to him. May he Rest In Peace with the love of his life.

Condolence from Gloria & Rene Marion on October 16th, 2020 6:50 pm

Jamie and Deb so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Jack and Jeannette Bibek on October 17th, 2020 9:34 am

Jamie and Deb, and the Bennett and Heath families, so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time!!

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