Thomas Christopher Bennett

Born in Ann Arbor, MI on December 24, 1968

Departed on December 27, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mr. Thomas Christopher Bennett age 52, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020. Mr. Bennett was born in Ann Arbor, MI, on December 24, 1968, the son of Mary Charbonneau Bennett and Melvin Thomas Bennett. He grew up in Chelsea, MI, and received a degree in electronic engineering at ITT Technical Institute in Fort Wayne, IN. Thomas also enjoyed a rewarding career as an electronic and software technician which included world-wide work with pharmacologists and infectious disease scientists to develop life-saving drugs and vaccines.

Thomas loved spending time with his family and friends. Thomas made many friends, lifted many spirits, and was a joy to be with. He always acted with humility and positivity in all challenging situations. Thomas was a great listener and an exemplar of a good and decent person throughout his life.

Mr. Bennett enjoyed and pursued many interests; bike-riding, golfing, camping, sailing, civil war re-enactment, ancestry, history, computers, reading, and was a worldwide traveler. He was an avid and faithful Michigan State Football fan.

Thomas was preceded in death by his dear father, Melvin Thomas Bennett. In addition to his mother, survivors include his older sisters, Kathleen Hastings (Michael), Paula Bourget (Daniel), and Anna Bennett. Eight nieces and nephews; and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Our Lady of the Lake 1729 Stop 30 Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075 on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Please call or mail in the donation to:

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10306

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7 Comments to Thomas Christopher Bennett

  1. RF
    January 1, 2021 2:15 pm

    It was a pleasure to have known you, Tom, you leave behind nothing but fond memories. We’ll miss you Buddy!!

  2. Hugo M. Vargas
    January 2, 2021 6:39 pm

    I am so so sad to hear that Tom is gone. I’ve known Tom for 20 years. We engaged first a professionals, but we developed a long-lasting friendship. He was a genuinely good soul, great story-teller, had a deep knowledge of US history, and was one of my favorite people on the entire planet. He visited my homes (in Audubon PA, and Thousand Oaks CA) over the years, so many times in fact, that my kids referred to him as “Uncle Tom”. I have many memories of trips with Tom that were absolutely fantastic times: trips to Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field, steak dinners in Manayunk and Philadephia, and riding down the Ventura Freeway in a convertible with the top down! Tom came to my 50th birthday party in 2011, a surprise visit from a cherished friend. I was planning to see Tom (May 2020) to visit Nashville, and drive to Kentucky for some bourbon tasting, but the pandemic scuttled that plan. Tom brightened every room he entered; I will miss his light. My condolences to all this family.

  3. Eric Weber
    January 3, 2021 8:50 am

    Tom, we grew up together in Michigan. You were always so kind and caring in this life, as I’m sure you will be in the next. We will miss you here.

  4. Chris Cheng
    January 5, 2021 9:10 am

    When I moved to Chelsea, MI in 1984, I was the new kid in high school. The first kid to introduce himself and show me around the school was Tom. That’s just the kind of guy Tom was. Always helpful, always caring and with a huge heart.

  5. Terry-Ann and Shayne
    January 14, 2021 10:01 pm

    Tom, you are going to be missed. You were a great guy to be around – knowledgeable, helpful and a good friend with a good heart.

  6. Diane Templar
    January 16, 2021 7:05 am

    I would like to offer my condolences to Tom’s Mother and Family. I have known Tom since he worked with me at the Oive Garden in the 90’s. He was a kind and gentle person that I have always been proud to know. We last were together in Louisville where we went on a ghost tour of the city and to the slugger museum. My heart broke when I heard of his passing. If it was not for this pandemic, I would have loved to attend to show my respect for him.

    I wish you peace and joy when you think of him.


  7. Lou,Theresa, Nicole and Mike
    January 16, 2021 12:15 pm

    We send our condolences to all of Tom’s family and friends.
    It saddens us to see his life end too soon.
    We remember his smile, warmth, humor and love for his family. He will be missed dearly.
    Love and prayers from
    Lou and Theresa Bourget and
    Mike and Nicole Tate

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