Arnold G. "Sky" Bennett

Arnold G. "Sky" Bennett 86, of Brookfield Drive, a retired receiver/supplier in textiles for the Cranston Printworks Company for 22 years retiring in December of 1992 died Tuesday at Kent County Hospital after being stricken at home. Born in Providence a son of the late George E. and Margaret (Martin) Bennett, he lived in Cranston most of his life moving to Warwick in 1948 and then returning in 1958. An Army Air Corp pilot in World War II, he served in the Central Training Command. He was a graduate of Clemson A&M War College and received his commission and wings as a flight officer at Columbus AAF Base in Mississippi. He received his discharge in December 1945. The former Cranstonian was an All Stater in hockey and baseball in the early 1940's. He was also an outstanding baseball player for the Cranston Printworks baseball teams of 1941 and 1942 winning the batting title of the former Tim O'Neil Independent Ameture League in 1942 with a .388 average. Upon graduation he was signed to a pro contract by the Boston Red Sox playing in Roanoke, Virginia. After the war ended he attended Bob Feller's Baseball Camp for returning veterans. During his playing career he played for several major league farm systems. During the off seasons he persued his hobby in cooking. He received his degree from the Connecticut School of Culinary Arts in 1948. He was a chef for the former Howard Johnson Restaurant chain and the Galilee Beach Club and also had his own restaurant. He was also a pilot for the former McDonald's Airways out of Hillsgrove Airport. A near fatal crash in New York in 1950 ended his flying career. He was also a baggageman for the old NY, NH & Hartford Railroad and a driver for Hercules Trucking Company in Providence, a polisher for Gorham Silversmiths and Spidel Watchbands of Providence, a moulder and grinder for the former Grinnell Company of Cranston and a former greenskeeper at the Warwick Neck Country Club. He was also a driver for Swift and Co. in Providence and Hartford, a driver for the former Hi-Hat Food Company in Providence and Hartford. He was also a major appliance and TV salesman for the Outlet Company in Providence and Garden City and also Sears and Roebuck in Warwick. He was for a number of years the head of the Athletic Laundry at Brown University. At one time he was the owner of his own service station and painting company. He was also a parking Attendant at the State Airport for five years. His last job was as a transport driver fot Hertz car rentals also at the state airport. He was also a songwriter with over 50 copyrighted songs to his credit. He always looked forward to the day he would be published. He was a member of the United Textile Workers of America Local 2459, a member of the American Association of Retired People, a fromer member of the American Baseball Players Association and a member of the Cranston Senior Center. He was a longtime contributer to the United Way and the Shrine Circus. He leaves his friend John P. Bobola with whom he lived, a sister Marjorie B. Harwell of Arizona, 15 nieces and nephews, and 12 great nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Dorothy B. Folsom, Mildred B. Pelser, Robert H. Bennett and Major Frank E. Bennett. A graveside service will be held on Friday at 11:00am in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Johnston. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Donations in his memory may be made to to the RISPCA 186 Amaral Street Riverside, RI 02915.

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David Withers - 02/09/2012

Scotty was a great neighbor - always cheerful and he will be missed.

Martin L Fernandes - 02/09/2012

Scott was a wonderful man. I loved listening to his life stories of baseball, his military years, and his childhood. He was a perfect gentleman. Even though our time together was short I am thankful for knowing him, but most thankful he allowed me call him “POP”. My sympathy goes out to his family. Scott will be missed.

Bill and Pam Sanders - 02/09/2012

Scott was a wonderful neighbor. We will miss him and our visits about Cranston and our neighborhood past and present.

Richard Burrows - 02/09/2012

On behalf of the 1972 New England Champion Cranston West Swimming Team, my sincerest condolences. Sky was our biggest fan and supporter. We lost touch in recent years, but he will always be remembered.

Kevin & Rose O'Shea - 02/09/2012

He was a wonderful friend and we'll miss him a lot.

Richard Vincent - 02/09/2012

As a parent of two swimmers on the 1972 Cranston West NE Champions, I remember 'Sky'
and his strong support for the team. He will not be forgotten by the other parents and members of the team.

Louie Soprano - 02/09/2012

Scott and I have been neighbors for many many years and have shared many many times talking and laughing. We'll miss you. God Bless You.

The Robinson Family - 02/09/2012

Dear Bob and Bill,
Would just like to let you know we are thinking of you, hope you are doing OK.

Brian Cooper - 02/09/2012

Sky was a great fan of our Cranston 1972 Swim Team and even helped me learn how to drive. The oranges and honey he brought for us to the meets certainly helped with our success. He will be remembered as we celebrate our 40 year reunion. Thanks Sky!

Brian Vincent - 02/09/2012

I met Scotty twenty years ago while working my first job at the Oaklawn Pharmacy. He was good customer, a nice man and a dear friend. I'd run into him from time to time over the years and he always had a smile, handshake, a kind word and a story or two. It was a pleasure to have known him. He will be missed.

John Vincent - 02/09/2012

Sky was a permanent fixture at the Cranston West swim meets...with his tool box of quick energy snacks. And he threw a great year end party at the Galilee Beach Club. Our biggest fan! More recently I went with him to Zambrano Hospital to visit a former team member. Boy could he talk. But all the time I knew him he never mentioned he signed with the Red Sox. I know I would of found a way to work that into a conversation. We'll miss you Sky.

Steve and Lori Saccoccio - 02/09/2012

Rest in Peace old freind it was a privilage to have known you.Perhaps now you will find peace and your Mom.See you at another time.

John Bennett - 02/09/2012

I always enjoyed it when he would tell me things about my father Frank. Rest now Uncle Sky.

Gary Grande - 02/10/2012

I can only echo the sentiments of my teammates. I too was a member of 1972 Cranston West Swim Team, Mr. Bennett always held a very special place in my heart. He did not have a boy on the team, but he was at every meet. The world is a lesser place today. RIP.

Cranston Print Works Company - 02/10/2012

Please accept our condolences on your loss. Please contact Pat at Cranston Print Works 401-275-9206 regarding benefits Arnold was due from CPW.

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Marjorie Harwell 02/11/2012 - 02/11/2012

Rest in peace in our beautiful heaven Sky. I am the youngest and last of 6 of us. Your sister, Marge

Gloria "Johnson" Taylor - 02/12/2012

Class of "44 Remembered, may you rest in peace.

Dorothy K. B. Putnam - 02/15/2012

In 1950, I married Sky's brother, Frank. It was amazing that Sky had so many talents and so many abilities. In Heaven, Sky, may you realize all your dreams.
Dottie K.

Marie, Lindsay & Adam Carreiro - 03/07/2012

Scotty, Our friend and former neighbor and Adam's "grandfather" He was the most generous and kind man that we had the privilege of knowing. We would listen to Scotty tell entertaining stories of his life and how so very proud he was of his family. You will always have a special place in our hearts

Rick Roedersheimer - 01/13/2013

When my telephone calls were not answered and our Christmas card was returned, I feared that I may have missed Sky's leaving this world. Indeed I had as the obit was found while doing an internet search. Sky took me under his wing when I was a student at Brown and a member of the basketball team. He was like a father to me during my time in Providence. He brought me to his house to have dinners with him and his mother, Margaret. She was also a special gem of a person. We have communicated over the past 40 years and he regularly sent birthday cards to me and my family members. My children affectionately referred to him as "Uncle Sky". Sky and my father really hit it off as they both played minor league baseball and they loved to swap stories. Maybe they are playing baseball in heaven now. One of my prized possessions, given to me by Sky, is a collage painted by Frank Lanham from the Providence Journal highlighting my 4 years at Brown. It still hangs on the wall in my office at home. He was a very generous man and I am saddened to know that he is gone. I will miss our many lengthy telephone conversations and the joy that I could hear in his voice as we conversed about many topics. I do know that he is making someone else happier in their place in heaven. It was in his core to do this.

kevin gallagher - 11/23/2015

wow don't know what made me think of sky this way today i worked with him at cpw and he was great guy..enjoyed working with him in yard crew and receiving..i use 2 tell him he remind me a lot of my own dad..i could see his features in sky's face...for some reason i thought of him today and googled him up..so sad to hear of his passing and that i had missed it...r.i.p. my friend



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