Robert H. Benson
Family and friends of Robert H. Benson, 90, of 140 Aldren Ave., formerly of 47 Hickory St. in Jamestown, who passed away Monday, June 2, 2014, are invited to a Remembrance Reception to be held on Thursday evening, June 26, at the Gateway Train Station in Jamestown from 6-9 p.m. The family welcomes everyone who knew Bob to attend and share their memories, either verbally or in writing, as they celebrate his life.
Bob, a native of Jamestown, was born on July 29, 1923, a son of Harold and Esther Hopkins Benson. He was a 1941 graduate of Falconer High School where he excelled at all sports. Bob was a WWII veteran of the US Army Air Corps. He served with the 24th Fighter Squadron, 6th Air Corps as a Sergeant from 1942-45. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he was employed by the Sprinchorn Company, Inc. as a sheet metal worker for over 40 years. In earlier years he worked for Probst Hardware and Dawson Metal and following retirement he worked for many years as a maintenance man for Phoenix Metal and BWB. He was a long time member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, Independent Order of Vikings no. 65, Ira Lou Spring Post No. 149 American Legion and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. “Mr. B” coached Midget Football and Little League Baseball for over 20 years and made a positive lifelong impact on hundreds of young lives in the process. He was also a diehard fan of Jamestown High School basketball and football as well as the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns
The most important thing to Bob was his family who he loved dearly. The family, including Bob’s wife of 67 years, the former Mary Ann Riley; two sons, Thomas (Sue) Benson of Jamestown and Robert of Jamestown; a daughter, Deborah Andersen of Bemus Point will be present to share memories of Bob on June 26. Bob is also survived by seven grandchildren: Amy Mait (Keith), Megan Benson, Katie Benson, Kelley (Bernie) Auer, Candy (Chris) Frost, Tom Andersen and Rob Benson; four great-grandchildren: Riley and Andrew Auer, Alex Mait, and Logan Frost; as well as two sisters, Arlene James and Audrey Bardo and a brother James Benson.
Memorials may be made to Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Robert H. Benson Fund, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701 or a charity of choice. The Robert H. Benson Fund will benefit Jamestown Midget Football and Little League Baseball by providing funds for kids in need, as well as for equipment and coaches training.