Bennett Moreland (February 18, 1978 - April 10, 2023)

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Bennett Moreland
  • February 18, 1978
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  • April 10, 2023

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Surrounded by his loving family, R. Bennett Moreland, beloved and cherished son, brother, husband and father, died following emergency surgery on April 10, 2023, in Fort Myers, Fla. Bennett was born on Feb. 18, 1978, in Berlin, Vermont to Robert and Victoria Moreland. He was part of an aviation family with both parents in the airline business, so he grew up living in many different states but considered Austin, Texas to be one of his favorite places and his hometown to be Detroit. 

Bennett traveled everywhere with his dad and mom – Europe, Mexico, England and throughout the U.S. – who encouraged him to be adventurous and curious. It worked – he was an amazing child – jumping a grade, receiving a perfect score on his English ACT and becoming the youngest pledge at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Eastern Michigan University. Bennett had a wonderful singing voice – with nearly perfect pitch – and was in a highly regarded show choir at Grosse Pointe South High School. You have never seen anything like him tap dancing in size 16 tap shoes, and his senior year solo was unforgettable. 

Aviation was in Bennett’s blood. In high school he worked summers for Spirit Airlines in reservations at the original office on 8 Mile in Detroit. During college, he worked on the ramp for Spirit at Detroit Metro and then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, where the offices relocated, to work in the Operations Control Center. He continued with Spirit, returning to the Detroit office as the Manager of Fleet Planning in maintenance. When Spirit took a new course, Bennett joined the Lee County Port Authority at Southwest Florida International Airport as a dispatcher, which then led to him working as a supervisor in a maintenance control function. He was a problem solver, dedicated to his job, well respected and liked by everyone at the airport. 

Bennett met Amanda, the love of his life, at the airport, and they were married on April 20, 2018. Her children, Jordan and Brennan, became his children and joined his son, Bobby Moreland, as the biggest joys of his life. When they were married, they vowed a love to infinity and beyond – a promise that will always remain.  

Bennett loved so many things – his interests ranged from military history, to soccer, to WWE. He was a gifted writer and an accomplished speaker. He raced cars at Waterford Hills, one of the oldest racetracks in the U.S., and after he came to Florida continued to do that in the #53 Ford GT on Iracing. With his dad, he shared a love of baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers, and college football with the Michigan Wolverines and the Texas Longhorns.  

Bennett was an amazing dad to Bobby, Jordan and Brennan and they will remember and miss him for the rest of their lives. He was there for his mom always, especially after his dad died, and she will cherish her memories and devotion for him forever. Amanda will carry his total love for her in her heart and do what he cannot do anymore.  

He was predeceased by his dad, Bob Moreland, just 18 months ago, and his half-brother, QMC (SEAL) Ted Moreland, in service to his country, in December 1996. In addition to Amanda, Bobby, Jordan, Brennan and his mom, Vicki, he is survived by his half-brother J.P. Moreland (Mindy) of Melbourne Beach, Fla., his half-sister Amanda Moreland of Portland, Maine and Ted’s wife, Tracey Moreland of Fairlee, Vermont. He was “UB” to his nephew John-Paul Moreland and niece Christina Moreland. He also was loved and will be missed by his aunts and uncles and cousins on his mother’s side of the family. 

There will be a visitation to say farewell and share your love and affection for Bennett on Friday, May 19, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation, 4320 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Please stop by on your way home from work, give a hug to the family, share a funny story and then celebrate Bennett with a beer that night – he would have loved that. 

Bennett, you were larger than life and although your time with those who loved you so much was far too short, you will live forever in our hearts. Rest in peace, sweet boy, until we are all together again. 

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  1. William G Dowling lit a candle:
    02 May 2023
    Lit since May 2, 2023 at 5:59:05 PM

  2. Becky and Don says:
    19 Apr 2023
    No matter how long we hold someone in our arms, we hold them forever in our hearts. Please accept our condolences on the loss of Bennett - our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  3. Margaret Ruhé Lincoln says:
    18 Apr 2023
    Bennett and I worked together at RSW. He always made me smile! He had this twinkle in his eye that made you think he might just be up to something naughty. We had some of the best chats about Detroit, (I had lived there too) The Detroit Tigers, our favorite sport - soccer, and family. I know he loved Amanda with his whole heart because when he said her name he just lit up! He was smart and we loved talking politics, but his best feature was his kind and loving spirit! He was taken way too young! I send my sincerest condolences to Vicky, Amanda, the children, and all who loved Bennett! My heart breaks for all of you. I pray you find peace in all of your loving memories of him! God bless you all! ❤️

  4. D'Andre Tisdale says:
    18 Apr 2023
    Condolences to the family and friends. I will miss our conversation about Michigan football, I know you'll still be watching every game from up above. This year will get the natty for you buddy GO BLUE!!!

  5. FGCUPD lit a candle:
    18 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 18, 2023 at 4:28:20 AM

  6. Cousin Hannah (Vicki's niece) says:
    18 Apr 2023
    Sending so much love to Bennett's beloved family. He was such a good, kind, loving man, whose steadfast nature and deep compassion will serve as a lasting memorial. All my love from Boston.

  7. Ana Maria Salcedo says:
    18 Apr 2023
    My deepest condolences to Amanda & Vicky. My prayers go out to you, Vicki, Bobby, Jordan, and Brennan.

  8. The diCicco/Bennett family says:
    17 Apr 2023
    Our deepest condolences to Bennett's adored wife, Amanda. Your time together was far too short but you brought each other love and happiness. Our love and prayers go out to you, Vicki, Bobby, Jordan, and Brennan.

  9. Mike VandePutte says:
    17 Apr 2023
    You will always be remembered. From day 1 in gym class you became a great friend. Many a night watching hockey or some auto-racing in your basement. Working with you as a ramp-rat, your almost innumerable quotes and quips, the epic naming of the most unimpressive vehicle in history (five speed stick minivan!) the music, and the book you wrote at age 15.
    I’ll miss you big guy, you’ve made an indelible impact on my life and the lives of may others.

  10. Callie Choat says:
    17 Apr 2023
    Bennett truly was an avaition person! His love of the industry his knowledge and wit made him a joy to be around. The days we spent together in the SOC are some great memories I will never forget. Fly high Bennett soar above the clouds we will meet again!

  11. Aunt Hilary says:
    17 Apr 2023
    I remember Bennett as a baby, and he was the most beautiful child. With the love and devotion of his parents, he grew up to become a sensitive, compassionate, and loving son, brother, father, and husband. Bennett will always hold a special place in our hearts and while his life was far too short, he leaves behind a legacy of love that will endure through his devoted mother and my dear sister, Vicki, and his children, Bobby, Jordan, and Brennan. Rest in peace, Bennett.

  12. Susan & Harry McKinlay says:
    17 Apr 2023
    As Bennett’s former in laws, parents of Kara Moreland, and grandparents of Bobby, we grieve his loss. We have many wonderful memories during Kara and Bennett’s 10 years of marriage, especially Bobby’s birth. We send our most sincere condolences to his entire family, especially his loving mother. Vicki.

  13. Uncle Crocker says:
    17 Apr 2023
    How poignant. A lovely tribute to a fine young man. Too soon gone.

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