---- — PLATTSBURGH — Mr. Melvin E. "Mel" Bennett Sr. 87, of Bushey Blvd., Plattsburgh, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the CVPH Medical Center with family by his side. He was born in Constable, N.Y., on Sept. 25, 1925, the son of Warren J. and Helen (LeVan) Bennett.
Mel and his wife Lyn lived and raised their family on the Ashley Road in West Chazy before moving to Plattsburgh in 1986. Mel worked at Georgia Pacific Paper Mill, retiring in 1987 after 39 years of service. At the time of his retirement, he operated and repaired the Petti Bone in the wood yard. He worked several part-time jobs while working full-time at the mill to support his large family.
Mel enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and vegetable gardening. He was an avid bowler and competed in the Empire State Senior Games, where he won a silver medal in bowling. He enjoyed traveling to Williamsport, Pa., to watch the Little League World Series, taking drives, and dining out.
Mel was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Plattsburgh Lodge #621 and was proud to bowl on a team with his son and grandson.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Ethelyn "Lyn" Bennett; his sisters, Frances Bennett and Doris Clukey; and his brother, Walter Bennett Sr.
Mel is survived by his children, Helen Bodnar and her husband Robert of the Villages, Fla., Lynne Lowe and her husband James of Williamsport, Melvin Bennett Jr. and his wife Carol of Las Vegas, Nev., Janet Stahl and her husband John of Milford, Pa., Janice Butler and her husband Thomas of Beekmantown, Gail Soldato and her husband Donald of Colo., Guy Bennett and his wife Cathy of Jersey Shore, Pa., Warren J. Bennett and his wife Kathy of Plattsburgh; 20 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; his lady friend, Mildred Renadette of Plattsburgh; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, New York. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at St. Peter's Church. Interment will be at a later date at St. Peter's Cemetery.
Friends wishing may make donations in his memory to the Plattsburgh Lodge of Elks #621 Building Fund. There will be an Elks Ritualistic Service at 6:45 p.m Thursday evening.
Arrangements have been entrusted to his son and grandsons at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, New York 12901 (518) 561-3980.
Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com