OBITUARY

Jeffrey Bennett

June 3, 1975December 7, 2020

Jeffrey D. Bennett, 45, passed away suddenly on December 7, 2020. He leaves behind the loves of his life, his two sons Alexander Drew and Chase Holden. In addition, Jeff is survived by his loving mother and father, Gary and Susan Bennett, Fair Haven, NJ; his brother, Brian (Jamie), Fair Haven, NJ; his sister Kerri (Dan), Middletown, NJ; his nephews Quinn, Bennett, Jackson and his niece Harper. He is also survived by his soul mate and loving partner, Mary Katherine Booth, who he cherished and adored.

Jeff grew up in Fair Haven, New Jersey, where he attended Rumson-Fair Haven High School. He was an outstanding athlete, captaining his high school football and basketball teams. Jeff later attended and graduated from Elon University, where he continued his love of athletics as a member of the Elon Rugby team. He loved Virginia Tech football, Seton Hall basketball, and his beloved NY Giants and Yankees.

Jeff served on the admissions staff at Elon University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews University, and Webber International University. His career path lead to a successful career in sales, most recently with Underscore Branding (Underscore) and Brand RPM in Charlotte.

Jeff relocated to Charlotte in 2000 after college and along with his good friend, Rich Saner, started the Rich & Bennett St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, which grew to draw over 25,000 people from all over the world to Uptown Charlotte in 2019.

Jeff had an infectious smile, a hardy handshake, an uplifting outlook, and a loving and caring heart. He will be sorely missed by all who love him, including his scores of friends and family. ANGELS UP!

A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Jeffrey D. Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund at Elon University. Donations can be mailed to 131 Woodland Drive, Fair Haven, NJ 07704.

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Jake Koch

December 18, 2020

I think I share the same sentiment as everyone who knew my cousin Jeff. We can all agree that he was one of the most caring, fun, loving, and big hearted people I have ever (or probably ever will) meet. Initially I found myself at a total loss of words. As the days have passed my thought process has shifted towards finding situations in my life that would emulate or honor JB. I will never forget how much I looked up to him and valued the interest he ALWAYS took in me. We both share a love for sports and both coached at the high school level. Every time I saw Jeff he wanted to know how my team was doing and we would have awesome chats about practice, games, uniforms, gear, and how much we both loved teaching the game.

I will always cherish the time and memories I shared with Jeff and the rest of our family. He was truly the best! I hope everyone can find a way to apply Jeff’s outlook on life to their own.

Jake Koch

Dennis Whelan

December 11, 2020

So sad to learn about the sudden loss of Jeff. His personality was contagious and his enthusiasm for life incredible. I had the honor of working with Jeff and loved watching him working with clients. They trusted him because he conveyed to them a real sense of trust and commitment. On the road we talked about family and he so loved his boys. The world will be a sadder place but know that things are getting organized in heaven

Rest In Peace JB, In the arms of the angels.

Rob Griffith

December 10, 2020

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, Brian, and Kerri,

There are no words that can properly convey how sorry I am about Jeff! My heart is broken! You’re all family to me and each of you are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. My family considered Jeff the fourth brother. I’m extremely lucky to have had Jeff as a brother, friend , and best man!

Love Rob and Allison Griffith

Rob Griffith

December 10, 2020

So many memories with Jeff it’s hard to pick one! He was my best friend growing up! After he moved to NC he still made time for me and the guys back in Jersey ! The bonds of friendship forged in childhood last forever ! The sea dragon go’s way up!!

Calvin Koch

December 10, 2020

There will be tons and tons of seagulls

Jonathan Weisberg

December 10, 2020

Dear Bennett Family,

Nothing in this world can prepare us for a sudden tragedy such as this. I pray that you can find some peace in knowing what a full life he lived with how many people he touched along the way without measuring the length of time. I grew up with Jeff and went to both RFH and Elon with him. Reading all his tributes makes me realize just how amazing of a person he was. I am glad that I knew him but wish I knew him better. I obviously missed out on so much fun. However I will use this as a reminder that we all truly need to live it up! Tomorrow is never promised for any of us. Prayers and hugs to you all. God bless your family. RIP Jeff

Wyn Payton

December 10, 2020

"The glory of God is in a living person fully alive". 3rd Bishop of Lyon Irenaeus
Jeff was fully alive all the time! What a wonderful human, brother, father, friend, and son! Bennett family, I am so very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate this terrible time! Blessings, Wyn

Jennifer DeSantis

December 10, 2020

Kerri and Bennett Family,
I was so saddened to hear of Jeff's sudden passing. My heart aches for all of you. Please find comfort in knowing that heaven got an angel and that you will reunite again at another place and time. My deepest condolences and prayers to you all.

Erin Keating (Miller)

December 9, 2020

Gosh I wouldn’t know where to start but I can say that I’m honored to have had Jeff as a roommate and friend in college. As everyone keeps remarking, he had an infectious personality that always just made you want to be happier, funnier, more relaxed. Our Sunday tradition of being total slugs carries on still with my family now, we continue to use his joke about how “it’s Sunday, thrashing is allowed” where it’s anything goes on Sunday. Jeff, you were someone special to a lot of people, Jake loves you dearly and his pain of losing you is my pain of losing you. Gary and Susan, I just can’t begin to imagine your pain but rest in that you raised an amazing man and you both were evident in all that he was and in how he lived. My heart lifts prayers for comfort and for peace. With love, Erin

Margie Plunkett

December 9, 2020

To the Koch family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY