Stephen G. Bennett II

June 10, 2012

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Stephen G. Bennett II died Memorial Day, May 31, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He died almost instantly as a result of injuries sustained from a T-bone collision with a UPS truck. He was on his way to get a state inspection sticker for his motorcycle

He was less than a quarter mile from his apartment and his wife Tammy Bennett and his 12-year-old son Hunter “Bubba” Bennett were following the husband and father as he rode. So, they witnessed the collision. His wife immediately stopped and attempted to administer first aid to her husband. “I ran out of my car and tried to find a pulse,” she told Richard Gaines of the Gloucester Times. She unsuccessfully administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation then comforted the UPS driver.

According to the Gloucester Times the male driver approached Tammy Bennett as she stood over her husband’s lifeless body and said, “Please don’t hate me. I’m so sorry.” According to the paper, she hugged the driver and told him she forgave him. She later told Gaines, “For the UPS driver, it’s such a horrible, horrible thing, How can I hate somebody who has to live with this for the rest of his life?”

Blue Collar Life

Stephen Bennett II was born in Pontiac, Illinois on January 6, 1969. He attended high school in Pontiac and Streator, Illinois and graduated from Kankakee Community College. He met his wife in high school. They married when he was 19 and she was 18. They both loved motorcycles. He was a machinist by trade.

The couple survived in the dying blue collar town of Streator from 1992 until 2001 when Bennett found a job with Gloucester Engineering in Gloucester. By then the couple had four children and their first home in Massachusetts was in a campground. When he was downsized at Gloucester Engineering he found a new job with a defense contractor named Ophir Optics in distant North Andover, Massachusetts.

He loved football, hunting, his family and riding his motorcycle.

Finding Peace

Stephen G. Bennett II is survived by his wife; his daughters Ashleigh and Alyssa Bennett, his two sons Stephen G. Bennett III and Hunter; his father who lives in Pontiac; his mother, Mary Lou Casey of Flanagan, Illinois; three sisters, Stephanie Bennett, Dawn Bennett and Cheri DeRossett; and three brothers, J. Wesley Bennett, Aaron J. Bennett and Sean Bennett.

There will be a viewing tomorrow, June 11, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. followed by a memorial service at the Winterrowd Funeral Home in Streator. He will be buried Tuesday at the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Streator.

Stephen G. Bennett II lived a hard life cheerfully. He died with his boots on and many women will weep for him. He was just 43.

Requiscant In Pace



36 Responses to “Stephen G. Bennett II”

  1. Bill Says:

    A sad tale told well.

  2. troyez Says:

    Thank you for writing this; now Steve lives on here and in the memories of people he never knew, but would probably call him friend, a fitting memorial for him. I’ll pass this link on to the family.

  3. Rebel Says:

    Dear troyez,

    It was the least I could do. I am genuinely sorry for everyone touched in this tragedy.


  4. Glenn S. Says:

    What Bill said. Damn good of you, Rebel, to write this obituary to this guy that “lived a hard life cheerfully”, and of his wife who is far more gracious than anybody could ask or expect.

    My condolances to his loved ones.

  5. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    God rest his soul and bless his family.

    YYZ Skinhead

  6. sled tramp Says:

    Nice job Rebel,Good thoughts to his family.

  7. Stephen Sr. Says:

    Thank You.

  8. Caretaker Says:

    If I haven’t said it yet,my condolences to you and the family.

    Damn good job as always.

    Caretaker 1%er

  9. TigGirl Says:

    Corporate UPS will try some VERY underhanded shit. Get some serious legal help for the family.
    My heart goes out to his widow, and everyone who loves Steve.

  10. 10guage Says:

    My sincere condolances to all who knew and loved him…Fly high free bird.
    Strength, Respect, Honor,

  11. Blackbird Says:

    Thank you for the beautiful tribute to my brother. My family thanks you as well. He was a loving family man who lived his life honestly and with real gusto. He will be missed, but I know he is still with us watching from above.

  12. Grumbler Says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Stephen’s family and friends. His loss diminishes us all. Requiscant In Pace.

  13. swampy Says:

    My condolences to your family, Troyez. I’m afraid TigGirl may be right. However, that was a class act by his wife to forgive the driver. Keep Stephen alive in your hearts. Rebel that was well written.
    With the highest regards and respect,

  14. Tim Says:

    Its really hard when someone is lost in a motorcycle accident, A Husband,A Father,A Brother, A friend,and we who are still Here are left with deep sarrow and Heavey amounts of pain, the lump in the throt, that turns into the clenchin of our teeth to prevent the tears from falling, but the tears come and seem to come and never stop, when his name is brought up we cry and wish he were here, and the memories, so, so many, we never forget, I didnt know steve Bennett, But I do understand, Mrs Bennett has a very kind heart, she was able to forgive, Thats very Kind, Im so sorry for your Loss and I pray that your loss and your childrens loss That GOD AND JESUS Comforts your whole family as well as his friends. Im so sorry.

  15. Tooj Says:

    If you look into the details of this accident it was very unfortunate, but this was not a “I didn’t see him” episode. UPS won’t need to get “underhanded”.

    My condolences on a great loss to Stephen’s family.

  16. Trappedonrr Says:

    Sad story of an Brother I haven’t met yet. My regards to a terrible loss

  17. Stevo Says:

    I hope Stephen finds peace wherever he is, and pray his family can move on from this terrible accident. And if half the so called men in this world had the balls and heart of Stephens ol’ lady the world would be a better place.

  18. sherides Says:

    Amen to that Stevo.

  19. JAMES Says:

    Tragic, and touching, condolences to all.

  20. Screwdriver Says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Stephen’s family and friends.
    Screwdriver & Bill

  21. Gunny4Sawx Says:

    Prayers and condolences to the family. An amazing act of Grace by Stephen’s wife, God Speed Stephen ride on.

  22. Oilslick Says:

    Condolences to his family and friends and his stand up woman. R.I.P. Stephen.

  23. troyez Says:

    I was thinking about Steve today and thought of this song. He was a huge SRV fan and it seems Stevie wrote it just for this occasion.

    …life without you, all the love you passed our way.
    Angels have waited for so long.
    Now they have their way.
    Take your place…

  24. Rambler Says:

    First my condolences to all involved. I met Stephen & several family members while living in Streator, I apologize for not making it to his wake. To his wife Ma’am you are an amazing woman & a model of what a lot of people strive to be. Again my condolences.

  25. troyez Says:

    When did you live in Streator? I grew up there, and in Pontiac. Steve was my cousin, but he and his brother and I were around each other so much people thought we were brothers.
    Thanks for your kind words.

  26. Rambler Says:

    Troyez from around 2002 til 2005 or 2006. I grew up in the Gridley/Chenoa area. I kinda familiar with the Pontiac area. I grew up wrestling with those guys haha

  27. troyez Says:

    Where’d you go to HS? Pontiac?

  28. Rambler Says:

    I went to high school in the El Paso IL. metropolis area. Anyone reading this unfamiliar with El Paso, our metropolis consists of cornfields.

  29. troyez Says:

    You’re right, El Paso is chock full of cornfields! At least you get traffic from I-39 and Rt. 24! Wherever you went to school, I’m glad you were able to meet Steve, if you were a friend, he was that for life. troyez

  30. Rambler Says:

    Many thanks troyez. I’m recently back in the area, I get around like a $2 crack whore. I’m sure we’ll bump into each other. Have a good weekend.

  31. Philo Says:

    First, condolences to his family. Second, there’s an entire other level to this tale; a living embodiment of American individualism killed on his way to partcipate in the beauricratic machine. A tragedy, made more so by the fact that he’d be alive now if the state was capable of leaving folks alone.

    Condolences to all,


  32. troyez Says:

    We just held the first annual Stephen G. Bennett II memorial family get together in Streator Illinois, and he was remembered with gusto and much love and respect. Thanks again for this memorial page to my friend and brother – the family thanks you too Rebel, you’re good people.

  33. troyez Says:

    It’s a tough time of year, as Steve usually came back to Illinois to visit about now. We all still miss Steve as much as if he died yesterday. Rebel, I thank you again for this site and your monument to my brother. Screen’s getting blurry, there’s something in my eye.


  34. bettybooponcrack Says:

    Can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years since that day. Sunday our family will have a get together to remember my brother. We miss him terribly.

  35. troyez Says:

    I come back here every so often to see Steve’s picture and to remember him. R.I.P. brother.

  36. Blackbird Says:

    I come back here often. It helps to read the kind words of others sometimes. I miss him today as much as ever. Thank you to everyone who posted here. Blackbird

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