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William J. Bennett
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  • My Brothers Table
    98 Willow St.
    Lynn, MA 01901

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“Bill was one of the best hires I ever made! Not only was he a dedicated employee, but he cared deeply for the guests of My Brother's Table. He was...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: John Feehan - Lynn, MA - Coworker

“On behalf of the staff, volunteers, guests and board of My Brother's Table I send our deepest condolences to the Bennett family. Bill was a member of...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Dianne Kuzia Hills - Lynn, MA

“Bob so sorry for the loss of your dear brother..May you take comfort in the kindnesses and comfort that William shared with all who were fortunate...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Janet Rossetti - Woburn, MA

“Marc,From my family to yours, our sympathies on the loss of your dad, father-in-law, and grandfather. Any our sympathies to your mom on the loss of...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Paul Davis - Coworker

“Sorry to hear of the families loss.may the families keep the wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together with the dear loved one...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your husband he is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH

“Rest in peace, Uncle Billy! ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


William J. 'Bill" Bennett of Melrose passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, November 2, 2019. Bill was born on May 13, 1939 in Medford, MA. He was the son of Margaret and Fredrick Bennett. After graduating from Melvin V. Weldon Vocational High School in 1957, Bill enrolled in the United States Air Force and proudly served his county while in Germany during the Vietnam War. After his discharge, he came back home and went to work for the United States Postal Service at Logan Airport. He also owned and operated Marc's Catering Service on the North Shore for many years.

Bill was very generous with his time. He truly believed in giving back. Bill was actively involved with My Brother's Table in Lynn for over 35 years. He felt great compassion for the guests who came in to share a meal. He was sincerely loved by everyone there. Bill was also actively involved with the Melrose Lions Club, as past president, D.V.S. coordinator of District 33N, and Zone Chairman of Zone 5, Region 2. He genuinely loved working the Lions Canteen during all the Melrose High School sporting events for many years. He felt honored to be part of the greatness done by the Lions Organization.

Bill loved watching the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots. He enjoyed candlepin bowling at Sports Plaza in Malden and Circle Bowl in Lynnfield. It was at Sports Plaza that he met his wife, Barbara. He also adored the many animals that rescued him. From Marmalade to Mindy to Maggie to Meadow and Mr. Mcgoo, he enjoyed their company over the years. Country music was his favorite and ... READ MORE →