William Henry Bennett | Fri. February 9, 2-4 & 7-9
William Henry Bennett
Saturday, February 10, 2018 10 AM
Church of the Immaculate Conception
William H. Bennett of Westhampton Beach died January 30, 2018 at East End Hospice Kanas Center. He was 83.
Born to Anna Fourney- Bennett and William Halsey Bennett, Mr. Bennett was a lifelong resident of the East End. He was a conservationist and lover of nature who lived to hunt, fish, and work in his garden and orchard. He was the proprietor of Bennett Seafood Market in Westhampton Beach from 1968 until 2005, where his fish cakes, crab cakes, clam chowder, and desanded steamers became famous.
He was elected to the Southampton Town Board of Trustees where he served for 14 years, and he was the subject of Ann Belle’s movie “Baymen, Our Waters Are Dying.” He was a member of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, the Potunk Lodge F&AM, and the Westhampton Beach Conservation Council.
Mr. Bennett was predeceased by his daughter Jacquie Bennett-Penner, and two sisters Anne Sophy and Betty Helfant-Senese. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Jackie Parlato-Bennett, his daughter Eileen R. Bennett, his son William (wife Susan), and his grandsons Wesley Bennett (wife Daniela) and Chris Bennett (wife April) and three great grandchildren, Tyler Bennett, Sofia Bennett, and Luna Bennett. He is also survived by his brother Donald Bennett (wife Arlene) and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Werner and Rothwell Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach on Friday, February 9th from 2-4, 7-9. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 10 at 10 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Quiogue. A reception will follow in Our Lady’s Hall directly behind the church. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the food pantry at the Immaculate Conception Church.