GEORGE BENJAMIN
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BENJAMIN--George D.,

82, of New York, NY, Chairman Emeritus of the New York City Police Foundation, Chairman Emeritus of the Seamen's Church Institute, former Vice President of the World Rehabilitation Fund, and former partner at Johnson & Higgins, died on September 21 in his home. Born in Patchogue, NY "Ben" was a captain on the Davis Park Ferry by age 16, and later rose to head the marine department of one of the world's largest insurance brokerage firms. A talented clarinet and saxophone player, Ben founded a popular swing band (the "Rhythm Ramblers") while still in high school. On Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts they played their signature tune, "I've Got Tears In My Ears (From Lyin' On My Back In My Bed While I Cry Over You)" live on the air. At 17 he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Gilbert Islands. He later attended Boston University, Hofstra University and New York University Law School on the GI Bill. While serving as Chairman of the Seamen's Church Institute on September 11, 2001, he and the staff immediately dedicated SCI and its resources to the rescue efforts at Ground Zero. One day after the attack the Institute was feeding 600 first responders and relief efforts continued for twelve days. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Evelyn, his daughter Nell and son-in-law Laurence O'Keefe, and his granddaughter, Persephone. Contributions in his memory may be made to the following organizations: The New York City Police Foundation: 555 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017; The Seamen's Church Institute: 50 Broadway, Floor 26, New York, NY 10004; The World Rehabilitation Fund: 16 E. 40th Street, Suite #704, New York, NY 10016.


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Published in New York Times on Sep. 23, 2016.
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September 29, 2016
Dearest friends,
We hope your pain and sadness will be brief but the loving memories of and joy for George's life will linger forevermore.
With heartfelt condolences and much love,
D & I
David Nudo
September 27, 2016
Dear family: I offer my deep condolences to you. Psalms 68:19 is most encouraging for this time of sorrow.
Community Affairs
September 27, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with
the family for the loss of your loved
One.
May the love and compassion of
God, be with the family and friends,
during and after these difficult times.
September 27, 2016
To the Benjamin Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss,
Please accept our warmest sympathies and condolences. May the peace that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts.
Andrea/Lourdes
September 27, 2016
To the Benjamin Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss,
Please accept our warmest sympathies and condolences. May the peace that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts.
Andrea/Lourdes
September 23, 2016
My condolences to the family. May you draw comfort from the promise God gives that he will heal those with heavy hearts - Psalm 147:3.
PHYLLIS
September 23, 2016
Dear Eve,
Please accept our deep sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in time of sorrow.
Katalin & Otto Goencz
Katalin Goencz
September 23, 2016
Dear family: Please accept my deep sympathy for your loss. Take comfort from the words found at Psalms 62:8. It reads: "Trust in him at all times O people. Pour out your hearts before him. God is a refuge for us,."
Neighborhood Svs.
September 23, 2016
His love and gift for music brought joy and happiness to the hearts of many. May the reading of God's hope for George bring you peace and comfort. John 6:40. Annie C. Ga.
September 23, 2016
Christiane de Bondy
September 23, 2016
Dearest Evelyn, Nell, Laurence, Persephone;
My heartiest thoughts and prayers are for you in those painful moments. George was a wonderful person, unforgettable. The life continues and George from where he is wants us to be happy.... See you in November
Lots of love
Christiane de Bondy
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