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James L. Bennett

January 15, 2021

James L. BennettJames L. Bennett, 73, Sackets Harbor, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021.

James was born in Watertown on February 10, 1947, son of Charles Henry and Josephine Mae (Jones) Bennett and he attended Watertown schools. He entered the US Army on March 18, 1968. He received the National defense Service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, and Army Commendation Medals. James was honorably discharged from active duty on October 27, 1969 and from the Reserves on May 2, 1993.

On January 5, 1974 he married Kathryn A. Ransome at Holy Family Church with Rev. Steven Gratto officiating. Mrs. Bennett died May 18, 2013.

He was a heavy equipment mechanic for over 45 years on Ft. Drum. James was a member of the Brownville American Legion. He enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles, fishing, camping, and music.

He is survived by his four children, Christine M. Feisthamel and husband Robert, Beaufort, SC, Jaci L. Barnett, Sackets Harbor, Robert C. Bennett, Sackets Harbor, and Kellie-Jo Bennett and life partner Robert A. Palmer, Watertown; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Chris and wife Kim, Dexter, Charles, Watertown, and Michael, ME; four sisters, Marianne Pier, WA, Lillian Kresge, CO, and Christine Myers and Suzanne Bennett, both of Syracuse; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents, James was predeceased by five half-brothers, Howard and Carl Busler, and Earl, Dick, and Robert Gardner and two half sisters, Cora Busler Ingham and Betty Jean Gardner.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, January 26, from 2 - 4 PM. The funeral service will be at his family's convenience. Masks and social distancing are required for attendance to all services. In lieu of flowers donations in James' name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 3707 7th Ave., Suite 1802, NY, NY 10001. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#14 Tina Thornton 2021-01-27 12:42
I am so sorry to hear the news about Jim. I always enjoyed talking with him. I will include Jim and his family in my prayers.

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#13 Diane Pena 2021-01-27 11:42
Jaci,Bobby & Kellie Jo I am deeply sorry to hear hear about your Dad's passing. He was such a loving father & husband. I will always remember his wonderful smile & positive energy. He really loved you all so much. Wishing you all peace & comfort at this time.
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#12 Carol Hall 2021-01-27 05:34
May your memories help you through the sadness and the difficult days ahead. I am so sorry for the loss of your dad and grandfather and thinking of all of you. Hugs!
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#11 Marcia Brown 2021-01-26 20:02
No kinder or sweeter person has lived like Jimmy. Always positive no matter the situation. He will be missed but his family in heaven surely greeted him.
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#10 Tom G Ligammari 2021-01-26 18:49
RIP Jim See you on the otherside God Speed✝️
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#9 Bonnie 2021-01-26 17:06
Jaci, Robert, Kellie, and family
So sorry for the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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#8 Cherie Ransome 2021-01-26 05:38
Rest in peace and say hello to Mike for me. I am sure he has alot of Navy stories to share.
Say hello to Mike for us and I am sure he will b e telling you alot of Navy stories. God Bless
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#7 Brian OFlaherty 2021-01-22 21:54
I agree with Robin, go be wth Kathy and say hi to all my sweet Aunties for me. Jim, you will be remembered by me as a great man who gave back to his country, and was a tremendous husband to Kathy and father. You were soft spoken and you led by example. My condolences to all and i plan to make a donation to wounded warriors in his name.
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#6 Kellie 2021-01-20 21:21
R.ip. Daddy I love you so much. And will miss. You. Always. I know your with mom now but I am going to miss how your beard would tickle my face everytime i
Gave u a hug. Or a kiss bye and I will always. Giggle. When I see a pink elephant lol. R.i.p dad
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#5 Lillian Kresge 2021-01-20 18:35
Jim you will be missed.
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