Amusement industry stalwart Patricia Rolle Bennett passes away
Patricia Rolle Bennett, 1951-2020
Patricia Rolle Bennett, 69, of Lavallette, New Jersey, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020. She was the third generation of the Rolle family to operate a boardwalk business. She owned Strand Skilo on the Seaside Park Boardwalk for many years. Together, with her husband Robert, they owned several other prominent boardwalk businesses for years.
Patty served on the board of directors for over 30 years on the New Jersey Amusement Association. She was a past president and served in many roles, as well as being a lifetime member. She also served on IAAPA’s Applause Committee for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Bennett, who owned and operated Casino Pier and many other local Seaside Heights Boardwalk businesses, her sister and brother-in-law Michele and Gary Bodeep, a niece Kimberle Samarelli, a nephew Frederick J. Rolle IV, and a great niece and nephew Samantha and James Samarelli, Jr. She leaves behind many other close friends and family.