Wayne Bennett

Obituary of Wayne E. Bennett

August 15, 2017 Saratoga County TU & Schenectady Gazette-Run Thursday 8/17/17 with photo Bennett, Wayne E. Wayne Edward Bennett, 71, of Clifton Park, New York left peacefully with his wife by his side on August 15, 2017. Born February 26, 1946 to Edward F. Bennett and Eleanor I. Bennett, Wayne was a happy child who expressed an early passion for adventure. He was an athlete and outdoorsman who cherished his time working at his maternal grandparent’s farm. As a young boy, Wayne dreamed of becoming a New York State Trooper. After graduating from Maple Hill High School, Hudson Valley Community College, and The State University of New York at Albany, Wayne applied to and was accepted as a recruit in the prestigious New York State Police Academy. Following his 1969 graduation with the 115th Basic School Session, Wayne began a career that spanned almost 40 years with the New York State Police. Holding all but three titles in the Uniform Force and Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Wayne prided himself on understanding the needs of his fellow Troopers. In his career, he worked under six New York State Governors, performing detail service for Nelson Rockefeller. Wayne watched communication systems move from teletypes, to fax machines to email, to internet and web-based networks. He celebrated the admittance and graduation of the first female class at the State Police Academy, and watched as they began their careers as Troopers, paving the way for generations of women in law enforcement. He watched his peers work the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and understood their joy as the Miracle on Ice sparked pride in US citizens. He survived the sobering experience of working Prison detail when the NY State Corrections Officers went on strike and troopers needed to guard those incarcerated. Wayne also worked Thruway detail and witnessed the Woodstock Festival overtake Bethel and its surrounding areas. He lived the life of an undercover investigator interrupting drug trafficking in New York City in the late 1970s. As he rose in rank, Wayne learned how to work with the media and reporters to ensure the integrity of the State Police and the people served by its Troopers. Wayne witnessed the conception, birth and opening of the NY State Forensic Investigation Center. On September 11, 2001, in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Wayne responded to the World Trade Center site and coordinated and supervised all NY State Police rescue and recovery operations. Appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki, Wayne retired as Superintendent of The New York State Police and then continued working with the law enforcement community by serving as The Commissioner of Public Safety/Deputy Mayor, under Mayor Gary McCarthy, for the city of Schenectady, New York. There, he worked alongside chiefs of police and fire to support residents of the Electric City. Wayne was a man of unwavering integrity whose vocabulary did not include “assume” or “maybe.” He developed several passions in his life outside of law enforcement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, and golf. In his younger years, he mastered the art of working with stained glass. However, his greatest joy came from being a father to his daughters and grandfather to his granddaughters. He made cupcakes for his kids, taught them how to fish, change tires, and be master assistants to home improvement projects. He routinely boasted of his children’s accomplishments after proudly putting his three daughters through college. Wayne is predeceased by his parents, mother and brother in-law. He is survived by his wife, Patricia E. Bennett, twin sister Jean (David) Kaercher of Latham, New York, brother Richard (Carol) Bennett of Rockford, Illinois, and younger sister, Katherine (Edmund) Prescottano of Medfield, Massachusetts. Wayne leaves behind his loving daughters, Margaret, Katherine (Russell Bartlett), and Erin. He leaves a legacy of hard work, commitment, and humor to his granddaughters, Emma Johnson of Littleton, Colorado, Alexandra Bartlett of Tupper Lake, New York, and Charlotte Roberts of Saratoga Springs, New York. Wayne is greatly missed by his father-in-law, Dr. Edward Iandoli, sisters-in-law Helen (John) Walsh of Skillman, NJ and Mary Bates of Kinderhook, NY. Wayne’s smile and “Wayne-isms” will be missed by several nieces, nephews, and friends. The family wishes to extend their deepest thanks to Dr. Lawrence Garbo, Nurse Practitioner Randi Daniels and the entire staff at NYOH. Never a person to wallow in regret, Wayne would ask you to consider the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Move on and speak fondly of him. Keep his name and his wishes alive by contributing to your families and communities. Be neighborly and take care of those you love. Those wishing to say farewell to Wayne are encouraged to do so at the NY State Police Academy 1220 Washington Ave. Building 24, Albany, NY on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary's Church 10 Lodge St., Albany, NY on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that you honor Wayne’s memory through a charity of your choice, The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, The American Cancer Society or The New York State Trooper Foundation, 3 Airport Park Boulevard, Latham, NY 12110. Ray Funeral Service, Inc. 59 Seaman Ave. Castleton, NY 12033 (518)732-7663
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Friday, August 18, 2017
NYS Trooper Academy
New York, United States

Visitation

Friday August 18, 2017 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM NYS Police Academy 1220 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12208 Text Details

Funeral Mass

Saturday August 19, 2017 10:00 AM St. Mary's Church 10 Lodge St. Albany, NY 12203 Text Details
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