Obituaries & Tributes
James R. Bennett
date of birth June 21 1930
date of death April 15 2020
James Richard (Jim) Bennett, born June 21, 1930, passed peacefully April 15, 2020 in McMinnville, OR. Jim was born in Multnomah County, Oregon. He lived with his parents James Dew, Thelma Dew and sibling Betty Bennett. He grew up with, and married, his school sweetheart Virginia on April 1, 1948.
Jim was an avid community member and played an active role in youth wrestling within Calaveras County, CA. In 1973, Jim helped found and was head coach for the Calaveras Youth Wrestling Club. An annual tournament was later named after him. The Jim Bennett Classic lives on today in honor of him.
Jim was a kind, generous, and loving friend, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great great-grandfather. He is survived by his kids David (wife Candy), Terry, Sandy Secco (husband Gene), Sue Mathews (husband Wayne) and Ron. His 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great-grandchild call him “grandpa or
papa”. Jim was always our go-to guy for outdoor activities including walks in the woods, carving walking sticks and teaching his grandkids how to swim.
We will miss him greatly but know his expression, “toughen up toughy”, will be remembered and used throughout our family for generations to come. He rests in peace until we meet again.
15 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Sandy Secco You were the best dad ever. Thank you for everything you did throughout my life. Will see you again one day. Love you
Candle lit by Shanda Zamora It was such an honor to get get to know such a great man. You will be missed
Candle lit by Jessica Bennett I love you Papa! I miss you so much but I am happy you're finally reunited with Nana.
Candle lit by Ron Bennett He has showed me everything in life, If I can be half the man he was I will be a good man because he was a great man. I will miss him every day of my life l love you dad your son.
Candle lit by Pam Dwyre I will remember you as a big guy with a big heart! You will be missed but welcomed into the arms of those who have gone before you. Enjoy the reunion!
Candle lit by Pam Dwyre Jimmy, I remember you as one tough guy!! Always so 'big' to my short stature! But your heart is what matters and your heart was full of love and caring about others. I love your sense of humor too. Rest now, with no pain, strength and time to sing praises with our others that have gone before you - especially Virginia - the love of your life.
Candle lit by Jeff Mathews I love you grandpa
Candle lit by Dave and Candy Dad you were the most amazing person and I was honored to have you as my father and mentor. May you and mom now rest with no pain or concerns. Candy and I love you both. May God bless your souls.
Candle lit by Sue Mathews It is sad to know you are gone. You and mom were our one constant always. I will always miss you but know you will be there welcoming me into your arms when my time comes to join you. I love you forever.
Candle lit by Lorie and Mike Svesko Always in our memories, we have had so many of them with you and your family. See you later. Love Lorie and Mike
Candle lit by Linda Ivey What will we do without you? No one like you who has filled our lives with the love and wisdom you have. To say you will be missed is so true. Love you brother. See you again.
Candle lit by Vonnie Cowan
Candle lit by Vince Bicocca I am proud to be able to say I coached with you and called you a friend. You were someone I could always count on. Thank you for all you did for Calaveras Wrestling. You will be missed. May you and Virginia rest is peace. God bless you both.
Candle lit by Mark Bowe Jim was a pillar in the community and especially the wrestling community. I was fortunate to coach with him when I first came to Calaveras High School in the early’80’s. He loved the sport and the kids he coached. He was a strong disciplinarian with a kind heart and loving touch.