Richard C. Bente Sr.


Richard C. Bente, Sr., 92, of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.  Born and raised in New York City, he resided in Fair Lawn for 65 years.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy.  Richard earned a Bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Electrical Engineering.  His long and dedicated service to fire safety included being a former chief and 40 year member of the Fair Lawn Volunteer Fire Department and a fire inspector with the Borough of Fair Lawn and Borough of Elmwood Park.  He also served as a longtime volunteer with the American Red Cross Braille Department alongside his wife, Jane.

Prior to retiring in 1980, he was an electrical engineer with NY Bell for many years.

Beloved husband of Jane (Waddel) Bente.  Loving and devoted father of Richard “Rick” C. Bente, Jr., Chris H. Bente and wife Marianne, Ellen Oliver and the late Robert Bente.  Cherished grandfather of Suzanne, Richard, Diane and Denise.  Cherished great-grandfather of Brittaney, Steven, Riley, Morgan and JJ.  Dear great-great grandfather of Adriel.

The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday, December 28, 2017, 5-9 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn,  Cremation will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Richard to American Red Cross Jane Bente Braille Center, 209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004 would be appreciated.

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