In Memory

Kevin Bennett

After a courageous battle with cancer, Kevin Douglas Bennett passed with peace and grace at his home in New Windsor, Maryland on September 6, 2016 at the age of 54. He was the beloved husband of Christine Ridgely Bennett; the loving father of Keith Bennett of New Windsor; Jessica Bennett Arbab and husband, Paul of Cortlandt Manor, New York and two grandsons, Mason and Chase Arbab.

Born March 16, 1962, in Washington, DC, he was the son of Paul K. Bennett, of Columbia, and Carolyn L. Diehl, of Frederick. In addition to his wife, children and parents, he is survived by a brother, Timothy Bennett and wife, Maureen, of Fairmont, West Virginia; step-father, Larry Diehl of Frederick; step-mother, Mary Lou Bennett of Columbia; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

A well-respected and talented craftsman in the town of New Windsor, Kevin established his business, Bennett Woodworking Unlimited, in 1988. The most noteworthy achievement of Kevin's career included a commission to build a six foot round dining table, which extended to twenty feet long and was delivered to Camp David on November 19, 1998, for President and Mrs. Clinton, and is still in use today. He strived to please every customer, large or small, pouring his heart and soul into each endeavor.

He was a 1980 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School. He enjoyed orchestrating family trips around historical and geographical sites. He had a passion for American Civil War history, genealogy, hunting, and fishing. When his children were young, he took great pride in coaching his son's baseball teams, watching his daughter's fashion shows, and helping his children raise market lambs to show in 4-H. Spending time with family and his two grandsons gave him his greatest joy.

He forged many relationships over the years with cherished members of the community and enjoyed exchanging stories with all who crossed his path. Kevin devoted much of his time to service with the New Windsor Lions Club, establishing the New Windsor Lions Club Annual Golf Tournament in 2000 and orchestrating the fundraiser for 16 years. Kevin served as President of the Club in 2006 and 2007. He was recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow for dedicated humanitarian services in 2009.

Kevin treasured the farmette in New Windsor that he lovingly cared for and improved over the years by building a barn for his children to raise animals, building a large woodworking shop so that he could relocate his business on land that he loved, and planting a garden every spring.

He leaves us rich in love and memories. His fine craftsmanship in cabinetry, millwork and custom woodwork, and his eye for detail, earned him a reputation locally that will forever remain an integral part of the history and community of New Windsor. The legacy he leaves behind is instilled in his children with their talents for design, and in the strong love and bond he shared with his endearing wife.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6 - 8 pm on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Linganore United Methodist Church (8921 Clemsonville Road, Union Bridge) in Unionville. The funeral service will be Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Linganore United Methodist Church with Rev. Stephen Ricketts officiating. Friends may also call at the church one hour prior to the service. There will be a procession to the graveside service at Fairview Cemetery, in Artemas, Pennsylvania.

The Smith Funeral Home, Keyser, WV, is in charge of the arrangements.