Claude “Captain Butch” Bennett, 61, of Frederica, Del., passed away on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Beebe Healthcare, in Lewes, Del. He was born Sunday, Nov. 28, 1954, in Wilmington, Del., son of the late Richard J. Bennett and Nancy (Day) Bennett.
Bennett was born and raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Christiana High School, after which he began a lifelong career in the sport-fishing industry. He worked for Sun Marine in Selbyville, Del., for several years and was a private captain for countless boats, fishing up and down the coast over the years. A very accomplished and respected fisherman, he loved tournaments and won numerous competitions, including the White Marlin Open. He also enjoyed surf-fishing, the Redskins and NASCAR.
Bennett was known as a fun guy. He always had a smile on his face and was usually laughing about something. He was an adventurer and traveler, and he loved camping with his kids. Bennett was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, brother and friend, who will be greatly missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know him.
In addition to his parents, Bennett was preceded in death by his brother, James R. Bennett. He is survived by his son, Toby Bennett and his wife, Lexi, of Wilmington; his daughters, Keri Pottratz and her husband, York, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Claudia Burns and her husband, Don, of Paso Robles, Calif.; his brother, Richard J. Bennett Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Florence, S.C.; his sisters, Nancy High and her husband, Clifford, of Glasgow, Del., and JoAlice Casapulla and her fiancé, Bobby Whited, of Millsboro, Del.; and his grandchildren, Willow, Madison, Wyland and Ronan.
A celebration of Bennett’s life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to www.inlandbays.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.