James Gordon Bennett
James Gordon Bennett died on Monday, January 27, 2009 at the age of 74. Mr. Bennett was born at home into one of the founding families of East Hampton to Gordon and Pauline (Gray) Bennett on July 17, 1934.
Upon graduating from East Hampton High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy and took part in Operation Deep Freeze, two historic trips into the Antarctic.
Mr. Bennett then joined the submarine service, earning his Silver Dolphin and a Wall Diesel submarine. Receiving his command he served on many nuclear submarines, earning his Gold Dolphin under Admiral Richover during the Cold War and on alert through the Cuban missile crisis.
Mr. Bennett then retired from active service and earned a college degree to work in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as a civilian consultant to the Navy.
He returned to East Hampton to work for East Hampton Town and its police department until the fall of 2008.
Mr. Bennett was an avid golfer and a member of the Sag Harbor Golf Club and the South Fork Country Club. He was a past member of the Sag Harbor and Amagansett fire departments, the American Legion and Amagansett VFW Post 419, among other organizations.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, Mary (Collins), his four children, Mary Ann of Belmont, Mass., James, Jr., of Mystic, Conn., Sean of Sag Harbor, and Charles of Newburyport, Mass., and a brother, David, of Eugene, Oregon, and five grandsons.
A funeral Mass was held on February 2 at St. Andrew RC Church in Sag Harbor.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.