Holly W. Bennett Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. construction coordinator who had a second career playing Santa Claus, died Monday at his grandson's Halethorpe home of complications from dementia. He was 84.
The son of Holly W. Bennett Sr., a steamship and fire boat captain, and Edith C. Bennett, a homemaker, Holly Wells Bennett Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville.
A 1949 graduate of Catonsville High School, he was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve and was called to active duty in 1950. He fought with the Marines at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War and earned a Purple Heart.
Discharged in 1953 with the rank of...