BENE, THOMAS DIETER Thomas Dieter Bene, beloved father and grandfather, longtime resident of New Canaan and President of Skaarup Shipping, Greenwich, CT passed away Thursday, August 8th at his home in New Canaan. He was 76. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Thomas immigrated to the NYC area in 1960. A well-known and respected leader in the international shipping industry, Thomas' career with Skaarup Shipping spanned six decades. He raised three children in New Canaan, was an avid sailor and long-time member of Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich. Thomas was a generous, loyal and humble man. He dismissed flattery, embraced fine friends and food; and had little doubt that duct tape was good enough to fix just about anything. Thomas is survived by his three children: Christoph Bene of Westport, CT, Bettina Bene Leddy of New Canaan, CT and Philip Bene of Bozeman, MT, his siblings Sabine Pflueger, Jochen Bene and Oschi Bene of Hamburg, Germany, six grandchildren, and former spouses, Eveline Bene and Leslie Bene. A memorial service will be held at Southport Congregational Church in Southport, CT on August 31, 2013 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to JDRF in his name. www.jdrf.org
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Published in the Minuteman on Aug. 22, 2013