Dodge ball with Mr. Benson was the best. He was playful and called me Martin (my brother's name) instead of Susan. I remember how intently he would watch a baseball game or a volleyball game. You'd think he'd have been bored having seen so many each day. He truly enjoyed the kids and we enjoyed him. He knew every student's name and could tell you something about them. Years later, I visited Kilmer and he remembered me and my brothers. Just a great guy.
My condolences to Mr. Benson's family and friends. He was an inspiration to all teachers, he challenged us and cared for us. He made us feel unique and capable. He instilled the ability to play hard, compete but always be fair and a supportive teammate and good sport. Our friendships were bonded in his presence and with his supportive hand. He will always be remembered by his students at Kilmer with great admiration and affection.
Mr Benson was my PE teacher at Joyce Kilmer. He was a great inspiration to me. He was a great teacher and I will always remember him.
Dear Benson family,
Mr. Benson was my PE teacher at Joyce Kilmer elementary school in the '60s.. He was always fun and fair. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dear Benson family: Mr. Benson was indeed one of the beloved figures of our youth. In addition to his professional stance as an educator, he was that rare individual who possessed a personal touch that resonated with all who encountered him. By that I mean while he was in charge of a multitude of students, he nonetheless managed to foster a personal relationship with each one. I know that he was always friendly to me and I never forgot that. May he rest in peace knowing his was a life and a career well done!