Larry Bennett
Larry L. Bennett, age 59, of Erie passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at Hamot Medical Center.
He was born November 4, 1949, in Erie,
son of Mary Platner Bennett and the late Ira Bennett.

I am home Father

He was a graduate of Tech Memorial High School. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church. He enjoyed working around the house and on cars. He worked as a machinist at American Tinning and Galvanizing Co.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifton and Neil Bennett and one sister, Joyce Barnett.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Mary DeWolf Bennett of Erie, two daughters, Melissa Sinko and her husband, Jason of Frederick, Md., Heather Bennett of Erie, two sons, Eric Bennett of Erie, Michael Bennett and his wife, Ali of Silver Spring, Md., his mother, Mary Bennett, a sister, Clara Kaus of Waterford, Pa. and three brothers, Ira, John and Steven Bennett all of Erie. Also survived by six grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral was handled by Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc.,  Larry rests in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.


Spoken at Larry's funeral.

      I think everyone knows the saying "you can't be all things to all people" but in Larry Bennett's case; he was.
Everyone knew Larry as someone who cared for everyone.
He was the loving husband, the father, the friend, the grandpa, the uncle, the son. He was the babysitter, the soccer dad, the mechanic, the baker, the sewer, the carpenter, the repairman, the chef, the musicman, the hairdresser.
He was the husband who surprised his wife with a Chevy Suburban on Christmas eve, just because she wanted a bigger car after years of Chevettes and Punchbugs.
He was the soccer Dad who packed that Suburban to take all the kids to the game; whether it be soccer, baseball, or basketball, to support from the sidelines.
He was the mechanic who on I-79 on the way back from Penn State, when the muffler fell off that very same Suburban, affixed it back on with just duck tape and a coat hanger.
He was the man who saved the lives of two ladies who were stuck on the railroad tracks just because their car would not start and they needed a helping tow.
He was the father who drove out to the mall to start the car who's battery failed on a son's first date.
He was the man who on Christmas came to start a car, once again, for a truck-full of gifts when a tire fell off.
He was the repairman who fixed many windows that were busted out by pop flies and home runs from backyard baseball games.
He was the man who after working a 10-hour day, came home to put a new roof on the house, shingle by shingle by shingle, just because it needed it.
He was the carpenter who made many stepstools and bookcases, and even little hearts out of wood for valentine's day. Many of our homes have his shadowboxes in them.
He was the romantic who always had hugs and kisses for everyone. Even when he was sick he mustered up enough strength to lean forward and kiss his wife -- many times.
He had a way to make everyone laugh with silly jokes.
He was the grandpa who loved to teach his grandchildren the alphabet and their 1, 2, threes.
He was a gentle hearted man who many strived to imitate.

Yes, he was the same man who had the biggest Christmas tree because his children got such joy from it. The same man who would have done anything and everything for the love of his life, Mary. The man who is probably doing the camel walk in heaven. The man who wanted to make it big with the lottery; who did, in fact, make it big with his life, with his loved ones, with his family, even with strangers.

The man whom we will all sorely miss.

The man who knew "God is Love".

May God rest your soul. We will all miss you abundantly.


God saw you were getting tired, And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you And whispered, "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched you And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating. Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.




Larry was like a brother to me. Growing up next door we shared everything.
Birthdays were special, being 24 days apart we celebrated them together most years.
When he met the love of his life I knew he was in good hands.
We haven't seen much of each other except "hello" from across the street or "hey how you doing" when meeting somewhere.
Hearing that he passed away brought a tear to my eye. But then the optimist that I am, I know he isn't really gone.
He is watching down from above and keeping his family safe.
Hope he keeps a door open for me someday.

He will always have a place at Life Ever After
Margaret Harrison

Although gone from our sight, Larry will always have a place in our hearts. Please share your photos and memories  by emailing them to

November 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Larry,
I am sorry I didn't get  this posted on the 4th because I was reading where your brother John was ill and then passed away. They are preparing for his funeral and it's his birthday today.  I know the two of you are celebrating together with your parents and brothers and sisters and my parents.
I'm  sad and happy at the same time.  Well I know in my heart that we will be together again when it is my time to go, but missing you all everyday can be painful.
I know your family misses you and thinks of you every year.

Always your friend,


April 7, 2017
Eight years ago we lost a wonderful man but we know he visits us often.
It saddens me that our girls didn't get a chance to know him. He loved the kids.
Many of his traits were passed to my kids and I'm thankful for that.

November 4, 2016
Even though you have not aged on this earth and I have aged each year, I still smile at the memory of you and I as children. A tear comes to my eye when I think of what my life would have been like without you. I still tell my friends I was an only child but never lonely because of the Bennett kids next door that treated me like a sister. And my best friend Larry that shared I birthdays with. 


Happy Birthday Uncle Larry! Kim Montagna
Happy birthday Dad!! I knew that beautiful sunrise was you this morning!!
June 19, 2016

Happy Father's day   not a day goes by that I don't think about *YoU* love u!!! Xoxoxo



Saw this on face book.  Your family looking good!


Nov 4, 2015

LOL for the next 24 days you are older than me. Ha Ha 


Happy Birthday Larry.

Facebook notice says that Melissa has breast cancer and she's getting treatments. Lots of prayers and love sent her way. I saw this photo of her beautiful family  and posted it here.  Keep an eye on her Larry, doctors are good but you and God know what she needs. 


June 23rd   saw on face book

who's the little one?



April 7th
Hey Larry, facebook was blowing up with comments from family members and friends for your day. Angela posted this picture. You and your brothers with Tony's house in the background before  the car went into the side of it. remember??


April 7, 2015


December 2014

November 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Larry.  We turn 65 this year.
I already got my Medicare card but thanks to the VA I don't have to pay for part B.


September 1, 2014

Saw this photo on face book.

Looks like the bride and groom on the top of a wedding cake.
Hey that's Larry and Mary Grace. LOL  Beautiful photo,  thanks Angel.


August 26, 2014
Read that your mother-in-law passed away today. Look for her Larry, show her around. Mary DeWolf


June 24, 2014
Heather's little man. Kyler Thomas Tokarczyk  arrived today.
7lbs 8oz.

Congratulations Grandpa.



Happy Father's Day 2014


May 5, 2014
Hey Larry,

Was trolllin on Face book and saw this picture of Melissa's girls.  and they got your nose.



Heather posted this picture on face book. I  added it here.



April 7, 2014
Has it been 5 years already?
Dam time is going by so fast, and yet slow because not a day goes by that I don't think of you.
Steve is still hanging in there and Ira comes to take him to the store and to the doctor.
I see your family on facebook and try to steal their posts to add here if I think it is something you would be interested in.
And sometimes they send me photos and posts to add here.
Miss you Larry, save a place for me when my time comes.

From Face Book

Heather Bennett -  Not a day goes by that I don't think about you! miss you and love you dad!

Melissa Sinko  - Its been five years already...miss you, Dad!


Melissa and family.

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us.


Feb. 14, 2014


From Angela

Larry and his girls




November 4, 2013

Wishing Larry a  HAPPY BIRTHDAY. 

I  found this graphic on the internet. It made me laugh.

and thinking about our parents. 

I hope your birthday celebration with our family and friends is a happy one.




Sept 21, 2013

Saw this photo on facebook.
Girls look content, Melissa on the other hand could use another hand. (smile)


August 12. 2013

Just before midnight your daughter Melissa gave birth to two beautiful girls.  Congrats grandpa.

Pictures posted on Face Book 8/13/13 by Heather.    Elizabeth LeAnn and Maria Lydia

June 16th

Hey Larry,


Heather posted this on face book.

Heather and Mary  May 2013

Melissa posted this picture, Hey, there you are!

Must have been a wonderful family outing. I know they miss you.


Hey Grandpa!

April 7, 2013

The sun is shining and its 56 degrees this morning. The birds are chirping away. I look out the window and see your mom's house. I remember good times as a child. I miss you Larry. I miss your mom and my parents and my grandfather. Today is the 4th anniversary of you leaving this world, but never our hearts. Keep watching over your family and me. We will see you again someday.
Posted on face book
Remembering my dad today Xoxoxo I know that sunshine is *you*
Remembering my Dad who passed 4 years ago today. Seems longer when you really miss someone
Melissa Sinko
Karen Llano Cook  - A day full of Bittersweet memories
Krista McKenzie McElwain  - and hugs
Stephanie Lemp  - It seems just like yesterday my grammy was here, and its been 6 long years without her - thinking of you all today!
Lindsey Welch - Lots of love to you today Melissa. He will be so proud of you xxxx


Easter 2013 weekend
Visit Grandma and Great Grandma, Heather and Austin in Erie,
visit the Erie zoo with the Laurie Cruz and the boys and play outside!
By: Melissa Sinko

Wishing you a

from all of us

Saw this on facebook, thought you would like to see your grandson, looks a lot like you. (lol)

He's got your ears.


November 4, 2012
Happy Birthday Larry, your family misses you and posts their memories of you on facebook. I send you this birthday bouquet and wishes, keep watching over us ok?



Angela posted on facebook that Melissa's 10 year anniversary is coming up. These are  photos of her wedding
Larry walking his daughter down the isle Larry and Mary Grace

July 1st
Hey Larry,  Angela posted this picture on facebook. Wonder who this cutie is?

Is this you and John? or maybe it's Steve?
                                                             oh yea it is John.

Steve, John and Larry

Larry and Mary Grace on their wedding day


June 17, 2012




April 8, 2012
Hey Dad,
As we celebrate Easter we are thinking of you, as always and miss you so much!
I always wondered if you celebrate this holiday all the time, and enjoy the chocolate bunnies there? :-)
Melissa Bennett Sinko




Stopping by to wish a

Remember our loved ones this year.



Nov. 4, 2011
Hey Larry, happy birthday. That magical age of 62.  Yep old enough to sign up for social security. I signed up, I will get my first check on Jan 23rd. I also went to the VA hospital and they scheduled some tests for me. Not that I am sick, but like the dr said. You are getting older and its time for us to take care of you. Make sure that you don't get sick.


October 3, 2011
Tonight your sister Clara joins you in heaven. She is finally without pain. We are sad, but we know that one day we will see you all again.
I add her to the list of members here at Life Ever After. Clara Kaus

April 24, 2011
April 7, 2011 Two years today. Days pass but do not change. Be with Larry's family today. Remember Larry today, as everyday. 


Dec. 28, 2010
Oh boy does this bring back memories!

The local bowling alley had a Brother's Banquet back in the day.
The Bennett Brothers always came out to show their love of the competition and support one another.

Larry, Steve, John, Ira (Jr) and Clifton Bennett

December 2010
Wishing  a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  Please remember our loved ones during this holiday season.



Happy Birthday Grandpa! 

Yep your Melissa is gonna make you a grandpa again. She found out she's 13 weeks. That makes the due date May 8th.  But then you knew that huh? LOL 



Looks like she's smiling

John Bennett

I would call Larry on his birthday because were only 4 days apart mines the 8th

I miss the little guy !!!

Nov. 4, 2010 
We celebrate Larry turning 61 today. I  know his family misses him and will have cake in his honor. Just wanted to say Happy Birthday and will save a piece for you on my 61st at the end of the month. 




Happy Halloween 2010

June 23, 2010  Today Larry's mom, Mary Bennett, joined him in heaven. I know it was a beautiful reunion and take comfort in knowing that we will all be together again when our time comes. As his family prepare Mary's funeral I create a place for Mary on Life Ever After. 

Stopping by with a memory of Christmas 2009 


November 4th 2009
Stopping by to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY Larry.  We are 60 this year. Dam, we're old.
Miss you. Hey Larry this song is for you.  Hotel California.
Found these pictures and thought they would please the family being posted here.  Thanks Heather



Halloween Party. Larry was a devil

August 2004 Heather's HS graduation party
Click on photo to enlarge
Photos from Denise Bickerstaff

To the Bennett family, and extended family,
I have a lot of memories in the Bennett household growing up, all of which were fun times.  They were always like a second family to me, and always inviting.  The kind of family everyone should have.  No memory will ever be forgotten. 
Much love and prayers.

Michele  A.  Leopold- Matherly

April 10, 2009


April 10, 2009
Mary Grace and Family, we are saddened to hear of your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Sue (DeWolf) and Joe Carney


April 09, 2009
I am sorry to here about your loss.
Just remember that death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.
George Chilcott
Erie, Pennsylvania


April 09, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Shari Bennett, Chambers& family
Charlotte, North Carolina


April 09, 2009
Bennett Family,
My prayers are with you all. You have all been like family to me...and Larry was everyone's "Grampa".
He will be sorely missed.
Kimberly Baker, Erie, Pennsylvania


April 09, 2009
Missy, Mike, Heather, and Mrs. Bennett
I will always remember your father/husband, he was an outstanding person.
It's very sad he left so soon, but his spirit will stay with you forever.
He had the best wife and kids that I can think of. He must of been proud.
Jill Beach, Erie, Pennsylvania


April 08, 2009
Carla and Mary, I'm sorry to hear about Larry, My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Carol Gray
Erie Pa.


April 08, 2009
Our deepest sympathies to your family.
Diane -Sally-Skip Chambers,
Erie, Pennsylvania


April 08, 2009
Heather and Melissa
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child.
My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Andrew Sementilli,
Erie, Pennsylvania


April 08, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Gary's Auto Service


April 08, 2009
I worked with Larry about 15 years ago, he was always funny and made me laugh,
I am sorry to hear of his passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Jim Black
Erie, Pennsylvania


April 08, 2009
Melissa & Heather,
You and your mom & family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I have many good memories of your dad & mom always supporting you girls by cheering you on
at all the St Stans basketball games.
I will be thinking of you during your time of need.
Bernie Slomski
Erie, Pennsylvania


April 08, 2009
Mary, Erie, Michael, Melissa and Heather so sorry for your lost.
Larry was a very good man and will be missed.
Your family is in my and my mother's prayers and thoughts.
Harold Pawlik
Erie, Pennsylvania


April 08, 2009
Who has the right words to say?
I love my uncle and cherish the memories of his good heart.
I wrote this last evening as I wandered home in the snow, Easter Snow

Spring snow is a strange thing.
I walked into the cold wind, snow flying into my face and covering me as I walked, but it never made a sound.
The wind whipped and wailed and cried,
But the snow at once attached itself to me and fled by me in silence.
So it is with Time.

Life flies by in a fury of light and sound, but Time slips by so quietly...
Life is made of laughter and whispers, singing and speeches, triumphant cries,
 and alas, weeping.

Yet Time, unstoppable, marches to the cadence of a silent drummer, never pausing in its hushed journey. Still, if it ever were to speak, it would cry out in a moment such as now in the midst of the storm...Here now while our hearts are aching at the loss of a beloved man. He has been a son, a free spirit, a brother, a romantic, a husband, a dreamer, a father, a friend, a grandfather, and oh so much more...

His music has now been stilled in this life, but it rings out in the next. And it plays always in our hearts. And for us Time does seem to stop and break its silence.

Time marks his passing with a heavy sigh, a bridge in the music, but not a sigh of resignation. It is a sigh of longing, an echo of the desire in each of us for one more day, one more smile, one more hug, one more whisper, one more laugh.

Alas, this cannot be so, and having sighed, Time moves forward carrying us through the days of our grief. It moves forward but leaves us a silent, precious gift in its wake - Memory. We can rejoice in the moments we shared with him, whether they be drops and snatches of giggling and gladness, or pieces and snippets of trials and tenderness.

The snow attaches to me without a sound today, each tiny flake a crystal memory...

Angel (Barnett) Lloyd, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

April 08, 2009
My heart goes out to Mary Grace and her children. I know what it is to loose your love.
I knew Larry and his family all his life from living next door.
He grew up to be a wonderful man and I am sure a loving father and husband.
Sorry to hear the news.
Anna Mae Fuller
Erie, Pa

Life Ever After 2009

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