Bennett C. Joseph, Jr. 85, of Bath, NY passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care.
Bennett C. Joseph, Jr. 85, of Bath, NY passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Donna Swarthout Joseph; sister, Louise Sonnier of New Orleans, Louisiana; daughters, Carolyn and Antoinette Joseph of Detroit, Michigan; grandson, Moreno Taylor of Lansing, Michigan; and cousin, Dale Nero of Las Vegas, NV.
Benn was born on October 18, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Madeline and Bennett Joseph, Sr. He graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1955 with a BS degree in physical education. Later that year he was drafted into the US Army where he served until 1957.
Benn worked at the VA Medical Center in Bath as an exercise therapist from 1958 to 1987. He was also an active member of Local 491 AFGE.
Benn loved sports and participated in baseball, basketball and football as a player and a volunteer coach for much of his life. He enjoyed working with kids and during his years in Bath helped coach Little League and Rotary Team baseball, Kiwanis basketball and Bath Haverling basketball.
Benn was active in the Wayne Village Baptist Church and served as chairman of the board of trustees for many years. He received the Head Start Volunteer Award for outstanding volunteer service to that program.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 18 from noon until 2 PM at the LaMarche Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport. A funeral service will follow at 2 PM with Pastor Judy Peppard officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498 or to a charity of one’s choice.