Red (Ora) Bennett

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Veilleux Funeral Home
8 Elm Street
Waterville, ME

ALBION - Red (Ora) Bennett, 81 of Albion, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. He was born on Jan. 15, 1937, in Albion, the son of Rinaldo and Izetta (Boody) Bennett. He attended Besse High School in Albion.

Red was the oldest of five children. After the passing of his parents, at age 16, he chose to live in Albion with the Bessey family: Grete, Floyd, Burdell and Hillard. He was forever grateful for their love, generosity and acceptance of him, as part of their family.

Red worked as an equipment operator for Lee Bros. in Albion. In 1964 he went to work as a crane operator for Warren Bros. He opened and operated Bennett Ski-Doo in 1970. Red retired in 1997 from Tilcon, as Equipment Superintendent. He made lifelong friends while working there, including Bob Costain whom he considered his "brother" for over 55 years. Red went into the gravel pit and firewood business with Bob and processed and sold firewood from 1989, until his passing.

Red was an avid hunter and sportsman for over 70 years. Deer hunting was his passion he shared with Mary, his family and many friends including Dave Mason and Steve Bard who were eager to hunt with him every season.

Family was everything to him. Red spent the last 38 years with the love of his life, Mary, who cherished every moment they spent together. Their love for each other was unconditional. He was extremely proud of their daughter, Brooke, and loved her dearly. "Papa" meant the world to his granddaughter, Amaiya and grandson, Aiden. He was very thankful to be present at Amaiya's high school graduation last spring and proud of her furthering her education. He was also proud of Aiden and the caring young man he was becoming, as well as the hunting skills he displayed since he started hunting with Papa. Red cherished the many holidays, birthdays and special events in all of our lives. He had a special bond with his faithful companion and friend, Aubrey Dog. She loved being with "grandpa," daily, and taking rides in his Jeep.

He will be sadly missed by his family, extended family, friends and neighbors. Red is survived by his life partner, Mary Bragdon; daughter, Brooke Doore and partner, Derek Grenier; granddaughter, Amaiya Doore, grandson, Aiden Doore; sister, Nancy Martin of Corinna; stepson, Jeff Singleton and partner, Jim Singleton; many loving nieces and nephews, and Aub Dog.

He is predeceased by his parents and sisters, Marlene Vance, Barbara Capehart, and Joan Woods.

Thank you, to our extended family, many great friends and caring neighbors, for their support and condolences. The entire family appreciates it! A special thanks to Elaine and Betty for Grete's on-going care.

No funeral services will be held, per Red's request. A private burial will take place in the spring at Cemetery No. 4, in Albion. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with Red's family.

A Celebration of Red's Life will take place on Saturday Jan. 12, 2019 (inclement weather date, Sunday, January 13) at 12 p.m., at the Waterville Elks Lodge, 76 Industrial Road, Waterville.

"There's no place like the Ridge"....

For those who wish, donations may be made in Red's memory to:

Humane Society

Waterville Area,

100 Webb Road,

Waterville, ME 04901

Published in Central Maine on Dec. 1, 2018
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