It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our loved one, Gregg A. Bennett on March 12, 2022 at Westside Regional Hospital in Plantation, Florida.
Gregg was born April 25, 1955 in Newport, Vermont and spent his younger years in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He was a 1973 graduate of Lake Region Union High School where he excelled in music and as an athlete.
He attended the University of Las Vegas, Nevada as well as Keene State College where he majored in music and was a member of the basketball teams.
Gregg worked at several different jobs in manufacturing and sales before becoming the business manager at Twin City Subaru in Berlin, Vermont for 12 years. From there he moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts to be with his life partner Rene Perriolat. While in Provincetown he worked at Cuffy’s in clothing sales and customer service.
During their partnership they enjoyed visits to the Plantation, Florida area and moved there in 2012. Rene passed away in the first year of their Florida residency and Gregg remained. He then started his own business as a house painter and was sought after as a reliable and conscientious worker.
He made numerous friends and was encouraged to audition for the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Having a strong background in music as well as perfect pitch he decided to use his voice as his instrument and was excited and proud to join this professional group of singers. He became a leader among the bass section and was highly involved in all aspects of the chorus’ mission. He was very proud of the community interaction of the chorus and also became a member of the Tropical Wave group. He enjoyed singing the national anthem at professional sporting events and other special occasions.
He had a special passion for the game of basketball and March Madness would find him in his glory. He supported both the men’s and women’s collegiate game especially, but still remained a diehard Celtics fan.
Gregg was thought of as a dear friend by a wide range of people and was known to never have a bad word to say about anyone. He was supportive, empathetic and always willing to lend a hand. Friends enjoyed his homemade pies at regular gatherings. Gregg always believed that friends and family were the most important gift one could have. He will be greatly missed by those who had the privilege of becoming his friend.
He leaves behind his brother Gary and wife Cathy of Irasburg, Vermont as well as his sister Donna and wife Maryellen of Madison, NH. He also leaves behind his beloved niece, Dr. Alyssa Bennett and husband Gursu Samancioglu and their son, Luca. He will be missed by his numerous cousins as well as his Florida “family”.
He was predeceased by his parents Carleton and Jean Bennett and his nephew Nathan Bennett.
As per his request, Gregg will be interred in the family plot in Irasburg, Vermont.
Gregg has asked that those who wish may remember him best by donating to:
"The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida"
2040 N. Dixie Hwy, Ste. 218, Wilton Manors, FL 33305.