POMPTON LAKES — Services will be held for Thomas J. Benson, 86, of Mahwah, who died on Sunday, September 29, 2013. He was the brother of Larry Lepore of this community.
Born in Newburgh, N.Y., Mr. Benson lived in Upper Saddle River and Darien, Conn., before moving to Mahwah. He began his career in education as a teacher in Darien before becoming an assistant principal in Greenwich, Conn. He later was principal of Middlesex Middle School in Darien and was named superintendent of the Upper Saddle River school district in 1973, serving there until retiring in 1992. He also was a U.S. Navy
veteran of World War II
and a parishioner of Presentation R.C. Church, Upper Saddle River.
Arrangements are by the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, Ramsey. Interment will be at St. Agnes Cemetery, Lake Placid, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Boys Town.
Mr. Benson also is survived by his son, Thomas of Weston, Mass.; his daughters, Linda Meiman of Ramsey, Beth O'Connor of Lisbon, Conn., and Carol Dannenfelser of Rockaway; his other brothers, Jim Benson of Georgia, Bob Benson of Paramus, and Vinnie Lepore of Ocala, Fla.; his sister, Eileen Benson, of New York City; and nine grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, the former Carol Hurley; his mother, Mary Murphy Benson Lepore; his brothers, David and George Benson; and his sister, Pat Ciceri.