Bennett Scott Kest, 62, passed away peacefully June 10, 2021, in The Villages, Fla.

Born Feb. 16, 1959, in Cleveland to Sheldon and Marjorie Kest, Bennett graduated from Mayfield High School class of 1977. He attended The Ohio State University. A former member of Congregation Bethanyu, Bennett worked at the Rocky River Beverage Shop and Davis Bakery. In 1985, he began working with his father in property management.

Bennett was involved in Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters and Friends of the Friends of the Israel Defense Force’s Ohio chapter. He loved golfing, gardening, camping, baseball, basketball and softball games. He loved playing and watching so many sports. He was a impassioned fan of the Cleveland Browns, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians, and whatever his sister coached. He was always the No. 1 fan.

Bennett was an amazing girl dad, and recently became a girl papa. He was so proud of his girls. He was also proud of his sister, Jodi, and all of her accomplishments. He lived his life just the way he wanted to.

To meet Bennett was to love him – he was sill friends with his dear friends from childhood. He was the life of the party, any party. And he sure loved a good party. Think of him whenever you’re doing something fun or attending an Ohio State, Browns, Cavaliers or Indians game, playing poker or golfing. Just think of him and know he loved life, and fiercely so.

Bennett is survived by his loving family: daughters, Chelsea Kest of Cleveland and Sarah (Jordan) Phillips of Detroit; granddaughter, Braelyn; nieces and nephews, Brett Sherber, Heather (Matt) Suluan, and Aly, Avery, Zach and Carly Borovetz; sisters, Jodi Kest of The Villages and Pamela (Jeffrey) Borovetz of New Albany; and former wife of 28 years, Lisa Sheber, to whom was still a great friend. He is also survived by former wife of four years, Bobbi Shapiro. He was predeceased by his parents, Sheldon and Marjorie.

Services were held June 15 at Mount Olive Cemetery. 

Donations in loving memory of Bennett can be made at Cornerstone Hospice, The Lane Purcell Hospice House, 2452 Co. Road, 526E, Sumterville, FL 33585, or the Friends of the IDF, Ohio Chapter, 5495 Mayfield Road, #200, Lyndhurst, OH 44124.