July 2, 1931 – May 12, 2020
Dorothy (Dottie) Ellen Richard Bennett Creutz died on 5/12/20 at the Life Care Center of the South Shore after a prolonged illness complicated by a bout of covid-19.
Dorothy was born on 7/2/31, in Hingham, daughter of Jeanette Cash and Elliot Thomas Richard. She attended Hingham public schools and graduated from Hingham High School class of 1949. After High School, she worked for Gillette and Boston Gear works.
In 1952, she married Edward Barry Bennett, son of Andrew and Agnes (Barry) Bennett. They moved to Scituate and raised 4 children. Together they founded Custom Machine and Tool Company in the basement of their home in Scituate and later moved the company to the old Hingham shipyard where she worked side-by-side with Edward every day until his death in 1980.
Over the years, Dorothy continued to work for Custom Machine and Tool and it still thrives today with the corporate headquarters located in Hanover; it is a testament to Dorothy’s devotion to the company she helped build.
In 1985, Dorothy married Laurence D. Creutz of Scituate. For many years, they shared a mutual love of country music, good food, and laughter, along with many travels to California.
Dorothy was a professionally trained florist as well as an avid cook and gardener. Wherever she went, Dorothy hunted and collected pinecones of every size and shape to handcraft beautiful pinecone wreaths. She passed on a love of animals and the outdoors to her children and enjoyed spending time at the family camp exploring the woods of New Hampshire as well as Maine. She delighted in foraging the bounty of New England from clams and lobsters to mushrooms and berries, and she cooked it all, serving up large feasts along with her signature apple pies. You were never a stranger in Dorothy’s house, always a friend to be offered food and comfort whatever your situation.
She was a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic church in Scituate where for many years she volunteered her time and effort planting and caring for the flower beds at the entrance of the church. She was an outspoken supporter of St. Frances during their time in vigil and truly loved the community of worshippers there.
Dorothy is survived by her children, William Andrew Bennett of Bodega Bay, CA; Robert Edward Bennett (Naomi) of Quincy; Linda Bennett Cook of Scituate and Susan Elizabeth Bennett of Woodland, CA. As well as: James Klix of Scituate; Laurence Creutz of Weymouth; Aunt Ruth Cash Fisher (William) of Weymouth; Brother Elliot T. Richard (Dee) of San Jose CA; Cousin Priscilla Richards McGrath of West Bridgewater; Nephew Edward Richard of Hingham ; Nephew Richard Noel of Riverbank, CA. Her 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. As well as close friends; Warren ‘Smitty’ Smith of Scituate and Sheelagh Torphy Zaklukiewicz of Freehold, NJ. She was preceded in death by her brother Edward E. Richard and sister Elizabeth A. Richard Noel. There will be a private burial at Cudworth cemetery in Scituate.
Dottie loved to feed people so In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following: The kind and caring people at the Life Care Center of the South Shore at 309 Driftway Scituate, MA 02066
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 20, 2020
Grandma Dotty welcomed everyone with open arms and fed them wonderful food. You welcomed me into the family with a hug and an open heart in 1987. You taught me how to make a delicious turkey and you were an amazing generous grandmother. Thank you for everything especially your warm soul, you will be in our hearts forever. Laura
May 20, 2020
I have a lifetime of memories... eating periwinkles together, walks on the beach, fetching a little bowl, digging clams, sitting by the fire, admiring the Christmas tree, puzzles and pine cones. You taught me so much. Love you with all of my heart! Your peanut.
Cathy (Driscoll) Lauria
May 20, 2020
So many memories. . . Church every Sunday . . . Big family breakfast afterwards with everyone having a task . . . Dinners where I laughed so hard that milk came out of my nose!
Tickled so hard that I thought I’d never catch a breath again . . . And now I see you’ve taken your last and with it another piece of my childhood.
You’ll be reunited with so many in heaven. Please give my Mom, Dad, Grizz and Larry hugs and kisses from me.
May 20, 2020
So many cherished memories of this wonderful woman!!! Among them were many, many tournaments that we sat around that cribbage table for entire weekends playing, laughing and being silly! And even more sitting at dining table for countless wonderful meals. And so many more....
Thank you for being my second Mum!
May 19, 2020
Too many to share. I am me because of you . Love You Mom!You taught me every thing I know.
May 19, 2020
To the immediate family - Billy, Bobby, Linda and Susan - I offer my deepest sympathies. Your mother was a wonderful woman. I hope that you and yours are at peace.
To Dottie, I offer my everlasting appreciation for you being a part of my life during some formative years of my early adulthood. What began as a part-time employee relationship developed into a personal bond outside of the shop that I came to respect, admire and value. Your sense of calm strength, and particularly how it mixed with your infectious and frequent laugh, provided an example for me and others to emulate in our future actions. I will do my best to carry this behavior forward. I wish you peace.