H. Malcolm Bennett

Obituary of H. Malcolm Bennett

H. Malcolm Bennett was born on July 6, 1946 and passed from this life to the next on June 17, 2021.  He was born in Neptune, NJ and was raised in Wall Township, NJ.  He was predeceased by his parents, H. Malcolm Bennett, Sr. of Long Branch, NJ and Virginia Dakin Cliver of Asbury Park, NJ.   He moved to Lansdale, PA in 1969 and spent most of the rest of his life there.  He returned to the Jersey shore often, taking his family and friends deep sea fishing out of Barnegat Bay.


Mal was larger than life. He lived life to the fullest and encouraged everyone that he knew to do the same.  He was funny, irreverent, and constantly teased and embarrassed his loved ones.  He always welcomed visits from family and friends, and yet never made anyone feel guilty if they were unable to call or visit.  Having some faults of his own, he had a generous spirit and readily forgave others of their own shortcomings.   


Over the course of his life, Mal found ways to move fast.  As a young man, he raced dirt bikes and later in life enjoyed riding his motorcycle, learned to fly, and even went for a ride in a MiG jet.  He loved NASCAR races and worked on the pit crew for Andy Hillenburg. One of the highlights of his life was getting to drive in an ARCA race at Pocono Raceway.  His passion for cars led to a long career as an auto mechanic.  For the last 32 years, he has owned service stations in Center Point, PA.  He cared about the well-being of his employees and was a trustworthy business owner who could be relied on to help anyone in their time of need.


Malcolm’s family was a great source of pride and joy for him.  He always wondered how he was lucky enough to be married to Joan Demetriades, the love of his life, for over 30 years.  He will be greatly missed by his wife Joan; daughter Terri and husband Marty; son Chris and wife Linda; daughter Carrie and husband Kurt; son Josh; son Jeremiah and wife Rosalind; ten grandchildren, Courtney, Adam, Ally, Andrew, Will, Charlie, Beth, Ashlee, Alex, and Sam; two great-grandchildren Nicholas and Margot; his sister, Elizabeth Gilbreath; and three nephews, Kevin, Keith, and Kristian. Joan’s family and friends loved him as a brother and will miss him terribly. 


Funeral services will be private. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.  Malcolm loved to ride his bike and was passionate about our country’s rails-to-trails bike system.  Memorial contributions may be made online to the national advocacy organization Rails-to-Trails Conservancy through the link below, or by regular mail to the following address.




Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037

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