Honoring Past Leadership
We are proud of their success...
We are grateful to our first, second and third generation of Oakhurst Leaders and would like to share some of their story...
Stanley T. Bennett II
Former President & Chairman
During his lifetime Stan devoted countless hours and was passionate about many organizations. Like his father and grandfather, he was committed to the milk industry, the environment, and his community. He was a member of the The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council, the International Dairy foods Association.
Friends of Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Maine Audubon Society, the Portland Tree Challenge, and the Tidewater Farm Project were among the recipients of his enthusiasm and energy to help the environment.
Stan’s charitable and community involvements included work with The Iris Network, Maine Medical Center, Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine, Boy Scouts of America, The Center for Grieving Children, The United Way, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, the Salvation Army, The Maine Historical Society, the Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Genealogical Society and the Mayflower Society, The Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Falmouth Planning Board.
Stan also found great pleasure in his genealogy work. He completed and published a four hundred-page volume chronicling the Bennett Family History.
Stan was an avid boater and loved his time on Casco Bay on the Lucia II with his close friends and family. More recently he discovered the joy of bird watching,
Above all Stan was devoted to his three children, Theodore, Colby and Sarah Jane.
Donald H. Bennett
Former President & Chairman
Donald was a leader in the milk industry and in the community. He served on the Maine Milk Commission, was president of the Maine Milk Dealers Association, and a founding director of The Milk Industry Foundation. He served two terms and was president of the Portland School Committee, was on the board of the YMCA, president of the Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Maine Turnpike Authority. He was instrumental in the development of the Riverside Industrial Park, the International Ferry Terminal, and the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Don loved boating on Casco Bay with his family and friends. He instilled his love of the sea and the islands of Casco Bay in his seven children.
Donald encouraged all of his seven children to become part of the family business. Today all of his children are actively involved at the Dairy.
Stanley T. Bennett
Founder, Former President & Chairman
Stanley was President of Oakhurst Dairy from 1921 to 1953. Under his excellent leadership, even during the depression the Dairy grew and prospered allowing Stanley to send his children to some of the best colleges in the country. Much of the Dairy’s growth was due to Stanley’s insistence upon quality and integrity of the product, the process, and the people handling both. Stanley insisted that Oakhurst be the first dairy in Maine to require that all its milk be pasteurized.
It was not unusual for several generations of a family to work at Oakhurst. Many families, in addition to the Bennetts, had three or more relatives working at the dairy . Stanley was extremely proud of all the Oakhurst family of employees. This tradition of family still remains true today.
Stanley supported his community by giving charitably to many organizations. He served as director of the Portland Water District for seventeen years among many other civic duties.
Stanley was well known for his extensive vegetable and flower garden at his home on Fairmont Street in Portland where he lived for thirty years with his beloved wife Blanche Huston Bennett and their three children, Donald, Barbara and Alden. Stanley and Blanche enjoyed traveling to Civil War battlefields and other landmarks east of the Mississippi. Stan never forgot his ties to his birthplace, Chebeague Island, and continued to spend time with his relatives there each year. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fly fishing and ice fishing in the waters of Sebago, Long Lake, and Rangely Lake, as well as hunting in the fall. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could recite from memory long sections of Longfellow’s poetry. Above all he loved his family, friends, and employees at Oakhurst.