William
William Patrick Bennett left us way too soon on June 21, 2010 at the very young age of 57. Born March 19, 1953 in Philadelphia, PA, he was a resident of Manhattan Beach for the past 23 years. Known by many nicknames - Bill, Will, Willy and WP – he was loved by so, so many. He had a kind, forgiving heart of gold and was the best friend anyone could have. Bill was always the protector to those that he loved, up to the very end. He would do anything for those that he loved and cared for. A believer in Karma, he was always willing to lend a helping hand to strangers. He had a wonderful sense of humor, a smile and laugh that could light up a room and was truly a child-at-heart. Bill found joy in meeting new people, sharing stories and just talking. He was an avid fan of BBC World News (he felt it was the only unbiased news out there), The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, and took great joy in understanding how things work. He was a talented man who could do anything he set his mind to, from plumbing to wood working to remodeling to car repair. He was obsessive in his attention-to-detail. He particularly loved the ocean and ocean fishing – and had many cherished memories of fishing with his Dad. His other love was vintage cars – and he took great pride in overseeing the restoration of a 1954 MG TF which he enjoyed waxing, polishing and tinkering with. He especially loved the various MG gatherings that he participated in over the years – and the many MG friends he met. He never missed Car Week in Monterey and loved the vintage races, auctions and concours. He is survived by his wife and soul mate of almost 30 years, Henni Sanft; his sisters Maureen Bryant (Rodger), Kathy Bennett, Helene Little and Patti Bennett; his mother-in-law Bernice Sanft; his brother-in-laws Elliott Sanft (Donna), Stuart Sanft (Lisa); 6 nieces (Shannon Bell, Rachel Bell , Liza Barbour (Trey), Leah Sanft, Samantha Sanft and Corrine Sanft), 1 nephew (Jonathan Little), 1 great-nephew (Jack Barbour) and his BFFs Tim and Liz Kelly. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Patricia Bennett. He was a very special man who will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. Memorial services are pending for sometime in July. Donations can be made to Oceana (www.na.oceana.org or 1-877-7-OCEANA) and the American Lung Association (www.lungsusa.org or (202) 785-3355). Use this website to send the family messages and share memories. Check back for Memorial Service update.

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  1. Dear Henni and Family: Will was a very fine man. He was always “there”, whatever the need. We were all fortunate to have known him. Our condolences to all of you.

  2. Will was a very special friend who always was upbeat and friendly. We will truly miss his warm personality at VMG club events and activities. Warm wishes to the family.

  3. Henni, Im so very sorry. There are truly no words to express my deepest sympathy. I just wanted to tell you how much you mean to all of us and we are here for you as you need. Please know we are thinking of you.

  4. Henni, You and Bill are in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you both. Know that you are loved by many and we are here for you.

  5. My brother was taken too soon. As the oldest and only brother, there is a huge void in our lives. Billy was loved by many and will be sorely missed. God Bless You Billy! I Love You!

  6. I don’t know that I have really accepted this yet, but I sure am going to miss my BIG BROTHER! Much love to Henni, his soul mate, as she finds her way through this.

  7. We want to send our love and prayers to help the family through this difficult time. We pray they remember the good times and feel blessed for having their loved one in their lives. It is better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all. You were all very lucky to have each other. Love you all.

  8. My deepest condolences to all the family. Especially to you Henni. I hope that you will be surrounded by family and friends during this time. Billy will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. What I most recall about him was his warm gentle nature and generous laughter.He always had a smile, no matter what.He will be truly missed by this world. Love to you and G-d bless

  9. Billy Bennett was no less than a legend in Havertown, PA. He will be sorely missed as the bright presence at holiday parties, the friend who could make you giggle incessantly, and the blue collar guy with the PhD vocabulary. He was a friend to people of all ages. He even went to see my mother when she was in her last days. RIP, Billy. And condolences to the love of his life, Henni; and to his sisters Maureen, Kathy, Helene and Patty.

  10. Billy Bennett was no less than a legend in Havertown, PA. He will be sorely missed as the bright presence at holiday parties, the friend who could make you giggle incessantly, and the blue collar guy with the PhD vocabulary. He was a friend to people of all ages. He even went to see my mother when she was in her last days. RIP, Billy. And condolences to the love of his life, Henni; and to his sisters Maureen, Kathy, Helene and Patty.

  11. I just remember when I asked Billy to take me to my junior prom. At first he said yes then sometime later said he was to old for me, 9 years difference. Although at the time I just remember thinking how handsome he was. On occasion when he came visiting in Pa Bill would look me and John up and we would go hang out for a few drinks. He was such a funny guy. I enjoyed getting his calls from California. He sure had the gift of gab. He will never really be gone because his friendship is forever in our our hearts and minds, never to be erased. Love you Bill Bennett. Say hello to the man upstairs for me would ya. Love you and miss you, Wink, wink =)

  12. Patti, may the Lord be with you and your family during this great loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Dear Billy, I really don’t know what to say. I believe that you were way too young to leave Henni and your sisters and your extended family and friends. It’s really a shame and so, so sad. I knew Billy when we all so young and carefree. That’s the memory, of Billy burned into my mind. Billy was the big brother. The cool one, whom, everyone wanted to hang out with. A fun loving sweet gentle man. My heart felt sympathy goes out to Henni, Maureen, Kathy, Helene , Patty, and his entire extended family and friends. Rest in Peace Billy and give Tom a hug from me too. Sincerely, Barbara Feldbaum-Lebowitz

  14. I was so sorry to hear of Will’s passing. I enjoyed the time we spent at the various MG functions talking about our TF’s. He always said he liked my maroon and black paint job, but the way your TF turned out in red was spectacular. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Howard and Sandy Bucey

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