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Irin “Brad” Bennett

Irin “Brad” Bennett

February 25, 1971 - January 22, 2019     Age: 47

Captain Irin “Brad” Bennett, age 47, of Fernandina Beach, FL, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 

A native of Fernandina, he was born on February 25, 1971, the son of Al and Mary Bennett.  He was an ace catcher, senior class president, and graduate of Fernandina Beach High School in 1989, and after high school attended St. John’s River State College on a baseball scholarship.  Following his time at St. John’s, he attended Wake Forest University as well as the police academy.

Brad returned home to Fernandina to join the family business.  He was a proud third generation commercial fisherman and the captain of many shrimp boats over the years.  He was at home on the water.  He loved to play the guitar and ride his Harley-Davidson Road King whenever the opportunity arose.

His grandmother Mary Catherine Bennett, grandparents Harold Lee and Willie Hulett Godwin, Sr, uncle, Roger Godwin, and cousin Philip Godwin all preceded him in death.

He leaves behind his parents, Al and Mary Bennett, his beloved wife of 18 years, Kristi Bennett, his daughter and son-in-law, Summer and Luke Andresen, his son, Eythan Robertson, his brother, Deron Bennett, grandfather, Cecil Bennett, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday at St. Michaels Catholic Church with Father Jose Kallukalam officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 28, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors.  The family will serve as pallbearers.

Brad will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.

Floral Tributes are accepted or you may make memorials in his name to St. Michaels Catholic Church, 505 Broome Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034.

45 Condolences

  • Chris Bryan Posted January 23, 2019 7:24 pm

    Brad will be missed by so many. Please know there are prayers everywhere for this special family. Love, Chris and Bill

  • Davis & Dee Posted January 23, 2019 7:31 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Jamie Deonas Posted January 23, 2019 8:19 pm

    Prayers and comforting thoughts to the Bennett family. I will cherish always memories growing up with Brad.

  • Elaine Bowen Posted January 23, 2019 10:12 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Brad. He was such a great guy. So glad to have been friends with him and met him when I moved here in 1987. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

  • The Bradley Family Posted January 24, 2019 8:05 am

    Our hearts mourn with you. Your SC friends are thinking of you and are praying for you all. Hugs, Tim, Stephanie & Tanner

  • The Mock Family Posted January 24, 2019 9:55 am

    Our sincere condolences to Brad’s entire family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ben and Gail shave Posted January 24, 2019 11:21 am

    Mary and Al, Gail and I are so sad about Brad. You know he was one f my very favorites. We pray for
    You and the entire family..

  • John and Michele Holbrook Posted January 24, 2019 11:51 am

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!
    Much love – John and Michele Holbrook

  • karen langshaw Posted January 24, 2019 12:14 pm

    Much love to you all, What a wonderful man he was. I loved having him in our family and am so glad we had the time to get to know him. I have always heard only the most wonderful things about him…you were great role models.

  • Tammy,Shirley and John Keller Posted January 24, 2019 5:05 pm

    Pray for family and friends. Brad you will be missed..
    Rip my friend. Fair winds and following seas my friend.

  • Jimmy & Jerrie Moore Posted January 24, 2019 5:42 pm

    Mary, Al, Kristy and all family, we are so sad for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and will continue in the days ahead.

  • Tammy Carter Buhr Posted January 24, 2019 7:29 pm

    I’m so heartbroken for you all. I know what a close family you guys are and this is got to be so hard. I will cherish the photo we all took together at shrimp fest. Love and big hugs to you all of you! ?

  • Gene Fullwood Posted January 24, 2019 9:17 pm

    Such a great guy gone to soon. RIP Cap.

  • Nola Ann Horne Posted January 24, 2019 9:20 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to believe he had left us so young. I am praying God will bring you peace.

  • Eric Brown Posted January 24, 2019 9:33 pm

    My condolences to the Bennett family and friends. I will always remember all the school years with Brad. He will be missed.

  • Lealie Clemons Posted January 24, 2019 10:02 pm

    Oh my, I’m so sorry to hear of Brad’s passing!

  • Kevin Drake Posted January 24, 2019 10:27 pm

    Al, Mary, Kristi and family: I am saddened to hear this about Brad. I remember coaching him in basketball when he was 11 or 12 years old. He was a good kid and a pleasure to coach. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God grant you His grace and His peace.

  • Sherry Carter Posted January 24, 2019 10:44 pm

    A warm human soul, always kind. My condolences to the family.

  • David Holton Posted January 25, 2019 2:53 am

    Al and Mary and your entire family our condolences and prayers for all of you. I am so sorry and saddened to hear about your loss and tragedy. BB was an amazing friend and catcher, he influenced and contributed to my my life during those years of connection and It is my honor to have been able to say that I knew him. Prayers David and entire Holton family

  • Clifford and Tamara Brock Posted January 25, 2019 7:08 am

    Our hearts and prayers to the entire family. RIP Brad

  • Susan McCoy Posted January 25, 2019 7:50 am

    Mary, my heart is broken for you and your family.

  • JR and Maureen Dunn Posted January 25, 2019 9:03 am

    He is a Warrior Angel in heaven and will be forever remembered on earth. Brad was an outstanding young man . His integrity shined through all his endeavors and his caring character was evident to all. Although our hearts are heavy for his family ‘s loss , we shall rejoice in his memory and celebrate his life.

  • Sherrie Snead Kindt Posted January 25, 2019 9:11 am

    I am so very sorry. Brad was a great guy and classmate. Prayers for each of you in this time for comfort and peace.

  • Lance and Vicki Martin Posted January 25, 2019 9:29 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Vicki and I have so many great memories with Brad in Highschool. Our deepest sympathies and love

  • The Meehan Fsmily. Posted January 25, 2019 9:43 am

    What a wonderful and special man Brad grew to be. He was such a sweet young man. Our family enjoyed spending time with him in his teen years Our deepest sympathy to the entire Bennett family especially Brads wife Kristi, Al and Mary and Derrin

  • Martha Sorenson Posted January 25, 2019 10:03 am

    we are deeply sorry for your loss..may memories bring peace in the coming days.Martha & Randy Sorenson

  • Mona and Tommy Theobald Posted January 25, 2019 10:03 am

    Captain Brad, you will be missed by so many especially by Captain Cecil, he is so proud of you and spoke often about the great shrimp er that followed in his footsteps. You are now in the arms of the angels and your savior. Godspeed, RIP Captain. Prayers and hugs to your beautiful family, may they find peace in aLL the sweet memories you shared.

  • Janice Ancrum Posted January 25, 2019 10:25 am

    Mary & Al – So very sorry to hear of Brad’s passing. May the loving presence of God keep you and your family in his comfort and bring you peace.

  • Stephen Johns Posted January 25, 2019 11:28 am

    I’m so lucky to have run into Brad a couple of weeks ago. We hadn’t seen each other in several years and it was great catching up. My brother and I grew up across the street from Brad and Deron and we had some very fun times. The Bennett’s were such great neighbors.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He’ll be missed by everyone.

  • Chuck & Debi Drace Posted January 25, 2019 12:55 pm

    My heart breaks for all of you. I know your faith will help you heal and I know that his family in heaven welcomed him home. I hope that gives you all peach.

  • Laurye Ray Posted January 25, 2019 2:32 pm

    I am so sorry to read this. I fondly remember that little first grade boy in my class and was proud to read of his accomplishments over the years. God bless you all.

  • Jim Bush Posted January 25, 2019 2:52 pm

    Mary and Al I am so sorry to learn of your son’s passing. I did not know him other than he must have been a great guy with parents like you. May he rest in peace and may God’s love abide with you at this time.

  • Deborah Hickey Fisher Posted January 25, 2019 3:03 pm

    The angels ate with your entire family and we will keep you all in our hearts and prayers. God bless.

  • Mary and Tom Duffy Posted January 25, 2019 4:32 pm

    Mary and Al,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Peace and love to you and the family.

  • DUANE SIMS Posted January 26, 2019 12:12 am

    Al & Mary,
    I was so very sorry to hear this sad news. I’ve always felt a special attachment to your family through all the stories that Roger shared with me through the years. I only wish there was something I could say or do to ease the pain that I know you are feeling. I know that Brad and Roger must be together now looking down on us all and saying if they only knew what we found here! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

  • Glenda Christian Black Posted January 26, 2019 8:38 am

    Mary & Al & family, My heart aches for all of you. Only heard the best things about Brad. A man to be proud of. Peace to you all.

  • Glenda & Marvin Black Posted January 26, 2019 8:40 am

    Mary & Al & family, My heart aches for all of you. Only heard the best things about Brad. A man to be proud of. Peace to you all.

  • Charleen c krol Posted January 26, 2019 12:04 pm

    Prayers to the family! May god comfort you all!!

  • Donna Kay Perkins Posted January 26, 2019 1:06 pm

    Jimmý and i loved you so much peace be to you donna kay

  • Jean Kerry Posted January 27, 2019 6:37 am

    With deepest thoughts and prayers .

  • Judy Brown Cox Posted January 27, 2019 9:15 pm

    Dear Mary, Al and family,
    My heart is saddened to hear of Brad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, Judy Brown Cox

  • Joanne (Broxton) Nix and Steve Nix Posted January 28, 2019 7:19 pm

    Our deepest sympathy.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  • Jennifer McMonagle Scott Posted January 29, 2019 9:22 am

    May God wrap his arms around you and the family during your time of sorrow. I pray for peace, understanding and comfort. From school to HUT parties I have a lot of fond memories of Brad. He was always friendly to others, had a heart of gold and loved his family. Many prayers and deepest sympathies

  • Ricky and Christine Douberly Posted January 29, 2019 8:27 pm

    Al, Mary, Kristi and Family, You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that loving memories of Brad will bring you peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead. Our deepest sympathies.

  • Shelia Roper Fields Posted February 1, 2019 8:55 am

    Mary and Al I love you two dearly and my heart is broken to know
    your Son is resting with God so soon.
    Mary I hope this Verse may bring you comfort Isaiah 41:13
    You have all my Prayers and Love
    Shelia Roper Fields

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