Robert J. Bennett Sr.

MEREDITH, N.H. - Robert J. Bennett Sr., 87, of 10 Livingston Road, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, N.H. Mr. Bennett was born April 2, 1926, in Watertown, Mass., the son of the late Norman and Mary (Horgan) Bennett.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, 1944-1945. Mr. Bennett resided in Vero Beach, Fla., and in recent years, resided in the Meredith, N.H., area. He was also a longtime Bangor resident. He was a wholesale florist and was founder and owner of Robert J. Bennett Wholesale Florist, Brewer, retiring in 1990. Mr. Bennett restored and collected antique Ford cars and loved baseball and dogs. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching the Red Sox with his family. Mr. Bennett was a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by daughters, Christine Morse, and husband, Edward Morse and Mary Ann Ferris; son, Robert D. Bennett; four grandchildren, Andrew Bennett, Alex Bennett, U.S. Marine Corps, Charley Ferris, U.S. Marine Corps, and Christine Ferris; two great-grandchildren; sister, Rita Manning; and sister-in-law, Mary Soby. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bennett was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Margaret J. (Murphy) Bennett; and brother, Norman Bennett.

Calling hours will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Carriage House of Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. also at the funeral home. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N. H., is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

Published in BDN Maine on Apr. 6, 2013