John R. Bennett, 57, passed away early Friday morning, Aug. 19, 2011 at his home in Cohocton surrounded by his family.

John R. Bennett, 57, passed away early Friday morning, Aug. 19, 2011 at his home in Cohocton surrounded by his family.


John was born January 8, 1954 in Dansville, the son of Richard and Dorothy (Perry ) Bennett.  


John and Nancy Carey were married Aug. 13, 1977 and together have celebrated 34 years of marriage.  They have resided in Cohocton since 1979.  


John has been in the construction business since his graduation from high school.  He worked for his father’s construction company for several years and upon his father’s retirement, John and his brother have owned and operated Bennett Construction in Dansville.  They are a commercial construction company that has built more than 130 McDonald’s Restaurants in New York throughout the years along with many other projects.


John enjoyed hunting, travelling and camping.  Many of their travels took them to camping areas in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jacksonville, Fla, the Adirondack Mountains and many other areas on the East Coast.  He enjoyed sitting on his porch and he especially loved spending time with his family.  


John was pre-deceased by his father-in-law Paul Carey.  He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nancy Bennett of Cohocton; his son John Bennett of Cohocton; his daughter Jessica (Scott) Calkins of Bath; his grandson, Jackson Calkins of Bath; his loyal Jack Russell Terrier dog, Sophie; his parents, Richard and Dorothy Bennett of Dansville; his siblings, Kathy (Bill) Shepard of Piffard, Jim (Jody) Bennett of Dansville, Joe (Kathy) Bennett of Wilson, NY; his mother-in-law, Jean Carey of Cohocton; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom Carey (Michala Cosgrove) of Cohocton, Tim (Rhonda) Carey of Cohocton and Bill (Mila) Carey of CA; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  


John’s family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of John’s life on Saturday Aug. 27, 2011 at 1 p.m., at their home of 15 Church St., Cohocton.  Memorial contributions in John R. Bennett’s memory may be made to the Cohocton Lions Club, PO Box 542, Cohocton, NY  14826 or to the Cohocton Lioness Club, Kirkwood Rd., Cohocton, NY 14826.  


John and his family have been assisted by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St., Wayland