Dorothy Bensley

Dorothy Bensley

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Dorothy Bensley, 80, of Bloomfield, formerly of Glasgow, Scotland, passed away on Sunday December 13, 2020. Viewing Friday December 18, from 4-7pm at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St, Montclair.

Dorothy was a law librarian at Riker, Danzig Law Firm for many years. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Holly and her husband Michael, her granddaughter, Kayla Holly, and by her siblings Mary Smith, and Robert Doak, her brother in law John Ferguson, and her niece Susan Smith.
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    Friday, December 18th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 18th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Caggiano Memorial
    62 Grove St
    MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042
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Posted at 12:25pm
My name is Mary and l am Dorothy's 'wee' sister. This is a Scottish term for younger sister. Dorothy was affectionally known as Dot by her family. Dot was 8 years my senior.

When l was born Dot was delighted to have a real life dolly to play with. When l was a child l followed Dorothy everywhere! l was her adoring shadow.
As a young adult she always took pride in her appearance. She was renowned for being a very glamorous lady. l remember thinking at one stage she may even be a princess!!

Dot made it to the front pages of the local Glasgow paper 3 times in her life. Once as a child she managed to get stuck in the park gates and had to be rescued by the fire brigade! This story would always bring tears of laughter to us all and we retold it many’s a time.

The second time Dot made the headlines on the Glasgow Gazette also involved the fire brigade! On noticing that a shop was on fire she ran to find a telephone to raise the alarm! This was an era before mobile phones were everywhere and telephones were rare! Thankfully due to Dots kindness and swift actions the people and their homes were saved.

Dots third time featuring in the paper was when she was photographed dancing with Tommy Steele. He was a well known actor and singer in the uk and she was the envy of many young ladies!

When l was younger l was a member of the Salvation Army band. I played the tambourine.  Every sunday the band marched past our family home. I would always look up and Dorothy would often be watching and would give me a wave. I would smile back and shake my tambourine louder, just for my big sister.

Dots personality was magnetic. She was adored by both people and animals.
Our family pet dog would always know when Dot was arriving home from work. He would run out to meet her and the 2 of them would walk home together.  

Dorothy spent most of her adult life living in New Jersey. She met her husband there and became a mother and later a grandmother.

Dot was a very kind person. When my husband passed away some years ago Dot travelled home to Glasgow to spend time with me. Without me having to ask her she instinctively knew what l needed at that time and just arrived at my door!

Although Dot lived away for most of her life she was always part of our lives. I am known to be a bit of a worrier and sometimes if l called her and l didnt here back from Dot right away  I would worry that something was wrong. Once I was so worried when I didn’t hear from her for a while I rang the police department and asked them to visit my big sister Dot as I feared she was missing! When the police didn’t get an answer at her house it later came to light that she had been on vacation! Thankfully Dot would always see the funnyside and understand that my actions were because l loved and cared for her. The same way she looked out for and cared for me as a child.

We were always excited when Dot would come to visit us and stay for a few weeks. We were always very sad saying goodbye when she left.
Sadly this is Dots final journey.
I will miss my big sis very very much.
May she Rest In Peace.
All my love, your wee sister Mary xxx


Posted at 01:58pm
From Myra
Dorothy and myself were friends from Primary School thru to Secondary school and continued our friendship once we starting working and enjoyed nights out to the cinema, dancing and also weekends away to Dunoon when her mum was holidaying there. She was a good and reliable friend in all the years and l was able to visit her in New Jersey. Dorothy will be greatly missed and l will not forget her. It was a pleasure to be her friend. Myra

John ferguson

Posted at 02:27am

Mary Clarke

Posted at 05:47pm
Dorothy was my mother's cousin. She was close to my mother and they phoned each other often while my mother, Mary, was still alive in Glasgow, Scotland and Dorothy was in New Jersey. Whem ny mother visited New Jersey, Dorothy was generous to her. I remember Dorothy as a glamorous relative visiting us in Scotland with her daughter Pamela. I was sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing - the end of an era for me.

John ferguson

Posted at 04:28pm

John ferguson Posted at 04:38pm

Many a laugh me and her sister Mary had over the phone over the years.I never met dot in person until I visited New York in 2017 for my 60th,but guess what,it was it I had known dot for years.we laughed as much as we used to laugh over the phonep

John ferguson Posted at 04:46pm

Sorry about that pushed the wrong button .dot would be laughing her socks I was was if I had known dot for years she was was as very laid back and accepted me into the family as if she had known me for years.very assuring by the way.we had a beautiful day together.unfortunately our first and last.but what a day.loved her to bits .rest in in peace.DOT

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