Charles Carroll Bennett, Jr.

Charles Carroll Bennett, Jr. of Carlisle, MA passed away unexpectedly on April 23, 2019.

Charlie was born at Camp Lejeune, NC to Charles C. Bennett, Sr. and Elaine (Andersen) Mack on December 24, 1959 and grew up in Kenmore, NY.

Charlie moved to Merrimack, NH in 1984 to pursue a career in Software Development with Digital Equipment Corp. There he met Mary Olejarz Bennett . Charlie and Mary were married on June 21, 1986. The Bennett Family lived in Arlington, MA and moved to Carlisle in 2002.

Charlie graduated from Kenmore West High School in 1978, Studied Semiotics, Memetics and Computation at SUNY Buffalo from 1978-1983 and received an Object Oriented Programming certificate from Northeastern in 1994.

Charlie was a brilliant and innovative thinker. He enjoyed a 35 year career at many Software companies and startups in MA and was awarded 3 patents while at Hitachi Data Systems and was serving as CTO of a Stealth Startup when he died. He is fondly remembered by those whose lives he touched as a gentle soul who was always willing to share what he knew with others and loved collaborating on projects both in and outside of work.

Charlie loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Mary and sons, Griffin and Declan of Carlisle, MA; Sisters DawnMarie (Mark) Wielgo and Emily Mack of Tonawanda, NY; Shellie (Chris) Birkman of Buffalo, NY and Tammy (Joe) Comerate of Hamburg, NY and brother Jason (Penny) Bennett of ME and many nieces and nephews. He is greatly missed by all.

A memorial service will be held from 9-11 am on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Boston Cremation Chapel, 287 Main St. Malden, MA


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16 Condolences

  1. Jon "maddog" Hall on May 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I knew and loved Charlie….a great thinker and kind soul.

    My heart goes out to Mary and his sons.

  2. Cathleen Drivas on May 23, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Mary, sending my love and prayers to you and the boys during this difficult time. Cathy

  3. Larry King on May 23, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  4. Kim Oztunc on May 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm


    Jessy, Ayla and I are still thinking about you and the boys. We all loved Charlie and he will be greatly missed. Hang in there.

  5. Mark Longo on May 23, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Charlie was a brilliant mind and master of thinking outside the box, but more, he was a gentle and kind hearted man. We have too few like Charlie and he will be missed.

  6. Greg Pryzby on May 24, 2019 at 1:41 am

    From you friends at EVALS, you will be missed. We raised a glass and reminisced today. The common theme was his “gentle soul”.

  7. Vasudev & Vrinda Bhandarkar on May 25, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Charlie was a great friend, and it was a pleasure to exchange ideas and see his always novel ideas expressed in recent years on Facebook.

    Long before he met Mary, my most fond memory of him was how he left me his blazing red mustang to drive around, when he was off to Buffalo on a break from our software engineering work at DEC in Merrimack, NH.

    And how can I forget that he met Mary at our house on 23 Cota Road, in Merrimack NH. Those were my most fun memories, our tenure together in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

    Our sincere condolences to Mary and the sons and the rest of the family.

    Adieu and Bon Voyage Charlie,

  8. Ramy Abdel-Azim on May 25, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I am so devastated to hear this news. Charlie was literally the smartest person I’ve ever talked to. He knew a LOT about a lot of different things and it made conversations with him something I always looked forward to. He’s left a big hole in my intellectual life now. Sending you and the boys lots of love as you get through this difficult time.

  9. Eric Strand on May 28, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    One of the best people I’ve ever known. I will truly miss him. I’m keeping him close as I walk my path.

    All the best to Mary and her sons.

  10. Rachel Tanzer on May 28, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Godspeed Charlie, may you rest in peace now. A kind and caring soul who raised two amazing sons. Your family and friends will miss you and never forget you. A huge loss to those who knew and loved you.

  11. DAVID J BLACKLOCK on May 30, 2019 at 11:03 am

    So sorry I just saw this.
    Charlie was a great guy, he will be missed by all who knew him.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  12. Chrysanne Triantafillou Zghouk on July 20, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Charlie was a good friend of ours. My brother George Triantafillou saw him in December in MA. They kept in touch as they were close buds at KW. He will Be surely missed.

  13. matthew sacks on August 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Charlie taught me priceless lessons about life. This loss is incomprehensible. Paradoxically, this loss is vividly real. Vividly real and incomprehensible loss. We have all noted that Charlie, always “the dude” to me, was a brilliant and special. What can be done? We suggest: reach out to others, and be the Charlie to someone else. Our hearts go out to Mary, Griffin, and Declan.

  14. Jim Scherer on September 19, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I just heard about the loss of Charlie. I know Carlos from our teenage years back in Kenmore. The world without Charlie is a much better place because of the wonderful effect Charlie had on the people he so deeply touched.

  15. zeruch on December 30, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I worked with Charlie two decades ago, but we stayed in touch over the years. We shared a mutual like of weird music and political caterwauling.

    He was a gem of a human being. He only showed the brightest parts of his soul.

  16. Rodnay Avenu on April 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Charlie was Chuckie to me. Not the Chuckie of the movies but the Chuckie of a friend I’ll always remember. One day at UB I ran into him and sat in on his Russian class with him. He had a 4.0 and I was struggling with a 2.x. Real smart guy who had both guns blazing. I’ll never hear 3 Dog Night’s “Eli’s Coming” without swapping in the words, “Piggy’s coming, hide your lunch man!” Maybe one of his friends will recall that refrain. Family was very important to him and I send my sympathies and share in your deep loss of a super person who went too young.

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