2012-04-04 / Obituaries

Frank S. Bennett Jr.

LISBON FALLS — Frank S. Bennett Jr., 81, of Main St., Lisbon Falls, died peacefully on April 2, after a short but courageous battle with a rare form of leukemia.

He was born on May 31, 1930 in Portland, the only child of the late Frank S. Bennett, Sr. and Evelyn Whitney Bennett. He was raised in Bridgton and graduated from Bridgton Academy. At a young age, he developed a keen appreciation for business from his father and the value of excellent service from his mother while working in the family gas station.

A successful entrepreneur as a young man, he ventured in various businesses, including lobstering, and harvesting and selling Christmas trees before establishing in 1954 Maine Drywall Company, operating out of Topsham. Using the lessons he learned from his parents, his business quickly developed a reputation for the finest quality of workmanship and fair pricing which lead to decades of long standing relationship with a number of local contractors and very often some more famous customers such as Nelson Rockefeller.

Those lessons and values were instilled in all of his six sons, each spending time at a young age with their father learning the business. In 2002, he officially turned over the day to day operations of the business to two of his sons and incorporated the business as Maine Drywall Consultants, but still participated daily in the business.

An avid outdoorsman, he was most at peace with a fishing pole in his hand and any of the members of his family in tow as he revealed one of any number of his secret fishing holes throughout the state. Over the years, he developed special bonds with his many family pets. He was a life time member of the Slovak Catholic Association of Lisbon Falls.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Florence Simmons Sieg of Topsham and his wife of 42 years, Ethel ‘Ginger’ Boynton Bennett of Lisbon Falls.

He is survived by six sons Frank S. Bennett, III and wife Connie of Topsham, Dennis A. Bennett and wife Cheryl of Bowdoin, Stephen J. Bennett of Lewiston, James A. Bennett and wife Debra of Presque Isle, Joseph P. Bennett of Lisbon Falls and Jonathan M. Bennett of Lisbon. He is also survived by granddaughters Stephanie Bennett of Topsham, Bethany Bennett of Dresden, and Amanda Bennett of Presque Isle, and grandsons Chris Bennett of Topsham, Jason Bennett of Sabattus, Mitchell Bennett of Presque Isle and Alex Bennett of Lisbon as well as five great grand children. He also leaves behind a lifelong friend and recent companion Pauline Ross of Bowdoin.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in his name to the Ginger Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of the Lisbon Credit Union or the charity of choice.

Visitation are at Crosman Funeral Home Thurs. 2-4 & 7- 9 p.m.. Funeral Lisbon United Methodist Church Fri. 11 AM. Committal and interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery. A service of Crosman Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Service, 40 Main St. Lisbon Falls 353-4951.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Bennett family by visiting their guestbook at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com.


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