Former Juneau resident Donald Patrick Bennett, 43, died Feb. 27, 2005, in Oakland Park, Fla.
Donald was born October 29, 1961, in Juneau. He earned a bachelor's degree in music and performance from the University of Missouri, a bachelor of science in business administration and a bachelor of arts in accounting from Columbia University. He also had a masters in business administration from William Woods University. He lived in New York, California and Missouri with his family, until moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1997.
While studying at the University of Missouri, he performed with The University Singers and toured Europe in the 1980s. He also performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Recently he was a member of the Fort Lauderdale Master Chorale and a member and soloist with the Sunshine Cathedral Choir.
Donald was a Kaagwaantaan Clan member and a shareholder of Huna Totem and Sealaska Corporations.
His family says he was loved and admired for the way he loved people, practiced his profession and his passion for music.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Greenewald Jr., and his uncle, Sidney Greenewald.
He is survived by his father and mother, Joseph and Roberta Bennett; his brothers, Robert, Joseph and William; his sisters, Victoria, Katharine and Elizabeth; his grandmother, Jessie J. Jennings; his aunts, Jessica Brooks and Beverley Cagas; great-aunts, Pauline Hinchman, Marlene Johnson, Hilda See and Freda Borchick; great-uncles, Adam and Karl Greenewald; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives in Alabama and Missouri.
Services will be held in Florida and in New Haven, Mo. His ashes will be brought to Alaska next summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a national cancer research center of choice or to the Greenewald Family Scholarship Fund, Huna Heritage Foundation, 9301 Glacier Highway, Juneau, 99801.