Robert E. Bennett

Died: Tue., Aug. 16, 2011


Memorial Service

3:00 PM Thu., Sep. 08, 2011
Location: St. Paul Episcopal Dedham


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Robert E. Bennett, a man of exceptional character, loyalty, warmth, humor and intelligence, died of cancer on August 16, 2011 in the company of his loving family at home in Norwell, Massachusetts.  He was 50. Bob truly excelled in everything he set his heart, mind and hand to.  

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Bob attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where he distinguished himself both academically and in athletics, garnering national recognition as an All-American lacrosse goalie.  He went on to Princeton University, graduating in 1982.  There he was elected to serve as president of Ivy Club, one of the university's historic clubs.  Bob graduated from Harvard Business School in 1986, earning the prestigious honor of Baker Scholar in recognition of academic achievement.

A highly respected, highly accomplished businessman, Bob excelled at two of America's iconic firms.  His early career was at Goldman, Sachs, where he spent a total of 9 years, specializing in real estate investment banking.  He spent the rest of his career at Berkshire Hathaway, taking on a wide range of responsibilities over 17 highly fulfilling years, and rising to the level of Senior Vice President.  He served as a valued member of the Gastrointestinal Visiting Committee at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

An adoring husband of 18 years to his wife Julie, and a wonderful father to his sons Jake and Drew, he drew his greatest joy from their endeavors, especially on the hockey rink and baseball diamond.  Bob's special combination of integrity, warm-heartedness, and good humor were magnetic; wherever he went, from Exeter, to Princeton to Harvard to Wall Street to the playing fields of Norwell, Bob made friends that invariably became lifelong, truly cherished members of his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Julie, sons Jake and Drew, sister Catherine and her husband Fred Frailey, sister Betsy and her husband Bill Henkel, brother Jeff and his wife Kelsey, sister-in-law Constance and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend the memorial service celebrating Bob's life to be held on Thursday, September 8 at 3:00PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 59 Court Street, Dedham, MA 02026.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to the Bennett/Wallace Family Scholarship Fund at Noble and Greenough School, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, MA 02026 or The Bennett Family Fund for Targeted Therapies at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445.

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Dennis Shea & Family
   Posted Sat August 20, 2011
Julie, Jake and Drew, our sincere condolences and a few thoughts to share!
FOOTPRINTS
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. Each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He notice that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. "Lord you said that once I decided to follow you , you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The Lord replied, my precious, precious, child I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you saw only one set of footprints it was ten I carried you."

Alisa Laubenstein
   Posted Sun August 21, 2011
Julie, Jake and Drew, Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your wonderful husband and father. He was truly a class act. Lisa and James Laubensteintrusion

mark sheeran
   Posted Tue August 23, 2011
Dear Jake, Drew and Julie - my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father and husband. though i never knew him, I do know Jake and he is a wonderful young man. certainly he must be carrying a part of his dad within him. Knowing what a fanatic Jake is for the Bruins, I thought a lot about him during the Stanley Cup final. I hope he was able to share those moments of joy with his dad.
best, mark sheeran

Alden Mauck
   Posted Wed August 24, 2011
Dear Jake and Drew,
I am thinking of you both, and your mom, as you all go through what I know must be a very tough time for your family. I am sure that you both will miss him a lot, and I hope that as you move through this period of loss the memories that you have from being with your dad will help. As the summer comes to an end and Nobles approaches, many of us at school will be thinking of you guys.
Take care,

Alden Mauck

Robin Chemers Neustein
   Posted Sun September 04, 2011
Dear Julie, Jake and Drew,

Your husband and father brightened the day of everyone he encountered. We worked together when he was only 21 and we never lost touch. Our last email was less than a month before he died. He had courage and strength, inside and outside, and an extraordinary generosity of spirit that led him to share his research and experiences in order to help fellow travelers in their cancer journeys right alongside his. I am so proud to have known him and will cherish his memory always. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

In Sympathy,

Robin Chemers Neustein

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