John D. Bennett
Andover - John D. Bennett, 91, a former longtime resident of Alderbrook Road in Andover, died November 3, 2019, at Holy Family Medical Center in Methuen.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of the late Samuel C. and Elizabeth (Jackson) Bennett, he was raised in Milton, Mass., and graduated in 1948 from Milton Academy, where he was a member of the football, track and wrestling teams. He received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana in 1954. After college he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan for most of his two-year enlistment.
After working in electronics manufacturing for a few years, Mr. Bennett became a science teacher. He taught at the Buckingham School (now Buckingham Browne & Nichols) in Cambridge and later served as a dorm parent and faculty advisor to the outing club at the former Abbot Academy in Andover (now Phillips Academy-Andover).
An avid kayaker and canoeist who enjoyed his sport throughout the Northeast and Canada, Mr. Bennett was a founding member of the Merrimack Valley Paddlers Association. He also enjoyed hiking and spending time at the family cabin in Easton, N.H. In addition, he was an avid railroad buff and collected miniature model trains.
Predeceased by his former wife, Jean (Dietel) Bennett and his only sibling Edward Jackson Bennett, Mr. Bennett will be missed and lovingly remembered by nieces Victoria Moreland of Ft. Myers, Florida; Cynthia Bonaccorsi of New London, N.H.; and Hilary Bennett of Sudbury, Mass.; a nephew, S. Crocker Bennett of Burlington, Vt., as well as longtime friends Daniel Potter of Haverhill, Mass, and Raymond Potter of Bradford, Mass., and Sandra Cyr of Sandown, N.H., whom he helped raise.

As he wished, Mr. Bennett's body will be cremated under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, NH. His ashes will be cast alongside the little brook that runs through his property in Easton, N.H., next spring. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit
Published on November 21, 2019


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