Robert H. Benson, 90, of 140 Aldren Ave., formerly of 47 Hickory St., Jamestown, passed away Mon-day, June 2, 2014, in WCA Hospital, after a short illness.
A native of Jamestown, he was born 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 World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served with the 24th Fighter Squa-dron, 6th Air Corps as a sergeant from 1942-45. He was a true patriot and loved his country absolutely.
Prior to his retirement in 1985, he was employed by the Sprinchorn Company, Inc. as a sheet metal worker for more than 40 years. He was a craftsman and was very proud of the structures that he helped to create. In earlier years, he worked for Probst Hardware and Daw-son Metal and following retirement he worked for many years as a maintenance man for Phoenix Metal and BWB.
He was a longtime member of the Sheet Metal Workers' Union, Independent Order of Vikings 65, Ira Lou Spring Post 149 American Legion and the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.
"Mr. B" devoted his life to making the world a better place and his positive outlook and "can do" attitude will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He coached Midget football and Little League baseball for more than 20 years, and made a positive lifelong impact on hundreds of young lives in the process.
He was an avid basketball player in his younger years. After starring in basketball at Falconer High School, Bob played on several top level award-winning teams in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and when he returned to Jamestown, he played for many years with the Vikings, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Pros, the Y varsity, and Moore's TV. During his basketball career, and in all facets of his life, he was a true team player, always striving hard to win, but with sportsmanship and class and never wanting any individual credit. He was also a diehard fan of Jamestown High School basketball and football and the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns, who he followed with a passion.
The most important thing to Bob was his family, who he loved dearly. Surviving are his 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; 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; two sisters: Arlene James and Audrey Bardo; and a brother, James Benson.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Benson; and a son-in-law, Harold Andersen.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the Lind Funeral Home.
A reception including a time of remembrance will be held on Thursday evening, June 26, at the Gateway Train Station in Jamestown from 6-9 p.m., and the family invites everyone who knew Bob to attend to share their memories and celebrate his life.
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.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Bob at www.lindfuneralhome.com.