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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
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Reginald Bentley

Reginald Arthur Bentley

September 28, 1942 - October 7, 2020
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Fishkill - Reginald Arthur Bentley, an area resident since 1977, formerly of Long Island and England, died at Vassar Brothers Medical Center on October 7, 2020. He was 78.

Reg was born on September 28, 1942 to the late George and Doris (Knaggs) Bentley in Normanton, York, England. He lived in the United Kingdom until he moved to the United States at the age of 9.

He received his bachelor’s degree at Fort Schuyler Maritime College and proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1964 to 1967. Reg dedicated 33 years to Verizon in White Plains where he worked in management.

Reginald was an instrumental contributor to a clinical trial to stop the movements of Huntington’s Disease. This drug was approved and has helped many individuals live a better quality of life.

Reg was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fishkill and was active in the Boy Scouts of America Council. He enjoyed sports and played in the Fishkill Senior Softball League in addition to playing volleyball. He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan. Having spent his youth near the shore in Long Island as well as his time in the Coast Guard, Reg always loved boating and spending time on the water. His grandchildren lit up his life immensely, and they lovingly referred to him as “Bakka”.

On June 17, 1967, in Oceanside, NY, Reg married the love of his life, Evelyn, who survives at home. He is also survived by his children; David and his wife Janet, Robyn and her husband Nick, and Stephanie and her husband Walter as well as his grandchildren; Eliza, Zack, and Olivia.

Additional survivors include his niece Catherine; his nephews, Matt and Geoff; his brother-in-law, Geoff and his wife Wanda; and many other loving relatives & friends. Reginald was predeceased by his sister Lesley and his infant granddaughter Jordan.

The family would like to thank the Huntington’s Disease Unit at Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing Center for their excellent care & compassion the last two years. Special thanks to Alicia O’Keefe for making it possible for Reg to virtually attend David & Janet’s wedding on October 2nd. We would also like to thank our many friends for their caring and support these last few years.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1200 Main Street, Fishkill, New York. The Rev. Garrett M. Mettler will officiate. The service will be live streamed from the Trinity website ( PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with NYS guidelines, social distancing and face masks will be required and capacity may be limited. All attendees should be prepared for potential extended waiting periods.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 1200 Main Street, Fishkill, NY 12524 or the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018 (

Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill, NY. Please visit Reg’s Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 23, 2020 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Friday, October 23, 2020 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    1200 Main Street
    fishkill, NY 12524
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  • Service

    Friday, October 23, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, October 23, 2020 2:00pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    1200 Main Street
    fishkill, NY 12524
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial Service for Reginald Bentley:

    Our service of remembrance and honoring of Reginald Bentley is planned for Friday, October 23rd, at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Trinity Church. There will be two ways to participate in this service. A limited number of spaces will be available to attend in person because of safe distancing protocols in place in our sanctuary. If you would like to attend in person you will need to RSVP by clicking on the link. For all who cannot be admitted to the sanctuary and for those who prefer not to gather in person, the service will be live streamed from the Trinity website (

    Before the service there will be calling hours in the church from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. An RSVP is not required during the calling hours, although a wait to enter the sanctuary is possible if its safe capacity is reached at any given time.

    Fr. Garrett Mettler along with Reg’s wife Evelyn and their children sincerely hope you will be join this service of thanksgiving for Reg’s life either in person or online.
    The Rev. Garrett M. Mettler

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Linda Wacker

Posted at 09:41pm
To the family of Reg....
What a courageous man he was. And a wonderful example of what a family man should be...a great husband, Dad and Granddad, Uncle and so much more. I will remember him as a friend and neighbor. I consider it an honor to have known him.
Thanks for sharing this gentleman with us all. Tami (Timpano) Wacker.

Carole Kopser

Posted at 06:40am
Reg was a great family man and neighbor--always ready to give a helping hand. Reg and my husband, Fred, enjoyed an occasional prank together, whether hunting moles or treating the neighborhood crow to a drink!
Carole Kopser

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