Earl C. Bennett Jr

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Earl C. Bennett Jr

Obituaries » Earl C. Bennett Jr

Earl C. Bennett Jr., 89, of Upper Deerfield Township and a builder of more than one hundred custom homes passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon February 16, 2019 at The Cumberland Manor in Hopewell Township following an extended illness.

He was the husband of Gladys Ward Bennett, who died in September of 2018. Earl and Gladys were married for 64 years at the time of her death. Earl was born August 1, 1929 and was the son the late Earl Cecil Sr. and Fannie Long Bennett. A lifelong Bridgeton area resident, he lived in the same home he built and shared with his wife for 64 years.

A 1948 graduate of Bridgeton High School, he was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War; having served as from 1951 until 1953. He worked with his father in the home building and renovation business; having a career as a custom home builder which lasted well into his 70s. Earl, who was self-employed, was regarded as one of the most well respected home builders in southern New Jersey. He built 14 of the new homes in the Shadow Brooke neighborhood of Upper Deerfield Township. He and his wife spent summers in the Strathmere section of Upper Township where he enjoyed the summer home he built in the 1960s.

Earl was an avid hunter and fisherman. He especially enjoyed deer hunting in Pittsgrove in the woods of his longtime friend, Dr. William Taylor and with fellow members of the Crazy Quilt Hunting Lodge in Choconut, PA. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the NRA. He also loved fishing at the Jersey shore and was a member of the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club.

He is survived by two sons, Gary Bennett and his wife Terri of Upper Deerfield Twp. and Gregory Bennett of Strathmere, two grandchildren, Holly Stoffel and her husband Michael and Matthew Bennett and his wife Krystal and three great grandsons, Ethan and Kyle Stoffel and McCoy Bennett. In addition to his wife Gladys and his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Donald Bennett, in 1993.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton on Thursday morning February 21st at 11 o’clock with Pastor Douglas Heckman of the First Wesleyan Church officiating.

The burial, with military honors, will follow at Laurel Lawn Cemetery in Upper Deerfield Township.

Friends will be received at the funeral home Thursday morning from 9:30 until 11.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Bennett’s memory are requested to Ranch Hope, Inc., PO Box 325, Alloway, NJ 08001-0325.