Micheal J. Bennett, 58: Loved music, the outdoors

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PORTLAND — Michael J. Bennett, 58, of Portland, died unexpectedly on Nov. 14 at his home.

Born in Portland on April 25, 1953, he was the son of George A. Jr. and Mary V. Houston Bennett. He was a 1971 graduate of Cheverus High School.

For several years, Bennett worked as a carpenter and contractor in and around Bridgton and in the greater Portland area, but for the past 12 years, we was an instrument technician at Idexx Laboratories.

A lifelong musician, he played the guitar and the piano. In addition to playing music, Bennett enjoyed canoeing, sailing and kayaking in the lakes and ocean around southern Maine. He spent much of his time outdoors, especially in his garden and on an annual two week camping trip to Acadia National Park. He was known for his love of the Patriots and Bruins, cooking for his family and enjoying a well-crafted brew.

In recent years, his greatest passion was his two granddaughters, Elizabeth Rose, 4, and Emma Lily, 5 months.

Bennett is survived by his mother, with whom he lived; son Luke M. Bennett and his partner Kristy Smith of Windham; sister Andrea B. Dickson and her husband Robert of Harvard, Mass.; brother Peter B. Bennett and wife Jane of Gorham; granddaughters Elizabeth Rose Bennett and Emma Lily Bennet; nephews Timothy J. Giggey Jr. and Thomas G. Bennett; and niece Marissa R. Dickson.

Visiting hours were held on Nov. 18 at Controy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Patrick’s Church, 1342 Congress St., Portland. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

Contributions may be made in Bennett’s memory to: Friends of Acadia National Park, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 or friendsofacadia.org.