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James "Jim" Bennick
November 14, 1948 ~ September 10, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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James “Jim” Bennick born November 14, 1948 in Palmerton, PA a son to the late James and Lorraine (Getz) Bennick, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2023 in St. Luke’s Carbon Campus Lehighton, PA.
Jim graduated from Jim Thorpe high school in 1967. He enrolled in electronic school and began his employment at Bethlehem Steel. He was then drafted into the United States Navy during the Vietnam war, where he specialized in aviation electronics. Due to his hard work and tenacity he was honorably discharged as a First Class Petty Officer, (AE6) after serving four years from 1968 to 1972.
After military discharge, Jim resumed his employment at Bethlehem Steel for 31 years until plant closure. He served as an electrical, troubleshooter, millwright and welder. To aid in his future endeavors, Jim received his airframe and powerplant licenses for aviation mechanic after two years of schooling. He also earned his master electrician license. He truly was a genius at electrical troubleshooting. Following Bethlehem Steel, Jim ventured into entrepreneurship with his own commercial refrigeration, HVAC and appliance repair business. He also owned an operated a laundromat in Jim Thorpe. He briefly instructed an adult HVAC course at the local vocational school as well.
Jim resided at home with his loving wife of 48 years Victoria (Pachkowski) Bennick, and his loyal daughter, Amanda Bennick. The other people in his life were a sister, Denise Kuntz of Kempton, Godfather/cousin, John Turek of Jim Thorpe and former son-in-law, James Tombasco of Hazleton.
Known for his wisdom, intelligence, work ethic and dedication. Jim is a beloved figure in his community. He will be remembered for his good nature and generosity. He was notorious for his spotted work hats, chatting about his grand chickens and reminiscing about the military. He will be deeply missed. His memory will be cherished by all who knew him.