March 19, 2017

James T Bennett

James Thomas Bennett, formerly of Bayonne, NJ and current resident of Wharton, NJ, passed away at home on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 76.

Mr. Bennett was born on July 25, 1940 at Margaret Hague Hospital in Jersey City, NJ. He was the son of the late Nellie (Pierson) Phillips and lived almost his entire life in Bayonne, NJ. Jimmy graduated from Bayonne Technical High School and enlisted in the United States Army. Mr. Bennett was stationed in Munich, Germany from 1966-1968 as a Military Police Officer. Upon returning from Germany on the day of his sister Peni’s wedding, he made it just in time to walk her down the aisle and returned to civilian life. James was a butcher at Shop Rite for over 40 years and enjoyed spending his retirement on a bowling league and traveling with his twin brother Tom.

In 2013, James moved to Wharton, NJ along with his identical twin brother Thomas, into the home of their devoted sister and caregiver Penelope E. Tomski, until the time of his death.

He was also predeceased by his brother-in-law Thomas J. Tomski.

James is survived by his caregiver and loving sister Penelope Tomski of Wharton, his twin brother Thomas J. Bennett of Wharton, his sister Audrey Williams of Lake Hopatcong, and his brother William Bennett of Ohio. He also leaves behind his niece Nancy (Tomski) Kaiser and her husband Albert, along with their children Ryan, Olivia & Mackenzie, of Green Township and his niece Rebecca (Tomski) Russo, her husband Vincent and their children Vincent and Benjamin of Verona.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Huntington’s Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 912, Salado, Texas 76571 or online at in tribute to James. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (

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