John Harry Bentley

April 3, 1937November 30, 2018

John Harry Bentley was born on April 3, 1937 and passed away on November 30, 2018.


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Peter Barron

December 31, 2018

I met John Bentley through the Shoreline Sailing Club. He was always very kind and considerate and I spent many pleasurable afternoons sailing on his boat.

But for me, the most lasting memory was meeting the love of my life one day sailing with John. For that, I will be forever grateful.

God speed John.

Betty Langley-Kovel

December 6, 2018

There are so many memories that I can recall. How does one choose. You were a generous, kind man who loved to share your love for life. I think what I will remember the most is how you loved the sun on your face, wether outside on the water, or sitting in your car. The warmth that it gave to you, even though you already had so much warmth inside of you.

Safe journeys my friend, a giant piece of my heart will always be with you. Thank you for being my friend.

Love you always,

Janice Cardaro

December 3, 2018

Only a few times in your life do you meet such a gentle soul. John was one of those people. He loved sailing but he also loved introducing other people to sailing. He always had room for just one more person on his boat. He had a generous heart.
I learned a lot sailing with John. Thanks to him and Rich Tollach, I learned about the mechanical workings of a boat. John trusted me at the helm, squeezing it into that tight Marina and grabbing that mooring ball. He believed in me and my abilities. I became a better sailor because of him. Thank you John!

I will always remember your kind nature, your laugh and the many times we spent at your beloved cottage.
John was a sweetheart.

Maureen Evelyn

December 3, 2018

John was my mentor, my Captain, and my friend. His smile was infectious, and he always had kind words for, and about, everyone. To see his face light up when he greeted you was his welcoming way! He embraced life and always wanted others to be the best they could be! I love you, Dude, and am so very privileged to have known you. I can’t think of a better Guardian Angel! Peace to you and your family!

Dan Stadtlander

December 2, 2018

I did not know John all that well but met him through associations with the Shoreline Sailing Club. John was a very kind soul and when I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure John reached out with his support as he had also suffered from CHF. He was a kind soul and will be missed.

Richard Tulloch

December 2, 2018

My Best Friend John, I will never forget the things you taught me.
We started as just sailing friends, then discovered we had much more experiences and interests in common. Stuff like our military service, our interest in the environment and nature, sobriety and helping many others with that. His thoughts about Spirituality and Religion. His Extreme interest with Cars, trucks, boats and about anything else with a motor. He loved to drive his cars and sail his boat and always wanted to include as many others as possible in the fun. The trips to the Diner and the family cottage ...oh the cottage he loved it so much!
As time went by we were more like brothers and although we might seldom disagree, there was never ever a harsh word spoken. He was a Gentleman who wanted to treat others as he wished to be, and hoped others would follow his lead. A few years more went by and this is about when he became like a mentor to me, very gently suggesting I should change some of my habits and do things that he learned about getting older. His mild complaining about something or someone, I soon realized was his way of teaching me something or making a suggestion.
His Friendship was genuine and he was a very generous person, always cared about how his actions affected others.
He was a one of a kind, "J-Man" I and many others will miss you very, very much!
My Deepest Sympathy and love, Rich Tulloch

Jean Carlson

December 1, 2018

J-Man -
You were such a good friend ... generous - kind - funny - patient .You encouraged my love of sailing And taught me ever so patiently about the waters . You were always there to help me in some of my worst days ... and I’ll always remember our last conversation just last week - offering your help and comfort with my upcoming surgery- as frail as you were in your last days - cuz that’s the way you were !!
I will miss you terribly my friend . Sail on now ... the waters are peaceful for you .
J-girl 😊

cathy flanagan

December 1, 2018

So many memories of good times sailing, times spent at the Beach Cottage, and of course at Cristy's with J-man. A kind and gentle big guy, he will be long remembered, and loved.