Frank A. Benson
Benson, Frank A., 68, formerly from the Washington, DC area passed away peacefully at home on June 9th. He was the husband of Beth (Bentsen) Benson. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina the son of the late Francis DeWitt Benson and Elizabeth (Hughston) Benson, he grew up in Mobile, Alabama. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1966, Frank was commissioned as Ensign in the U.S. Navy. During the next four years, he served in Newport, the Mediterranean, Viet Nam and Washington, DC. In 1971 he earned an MBA from George Washington University. A CPA for over 40 years, Frank started his career in public accounting in the Washington, DC office of Seidman and Seidman. He later went into private practice. In 1988, he was hired by one of his original clients to be Controller at Maryland News in Baltimore. He is survived by his wife of 45 years; their son, Scott, his wife Barbara and twograndsons, Calvin and Hunter, from Springfield, Virginia; one sister, Sue Royer, and her husband George of Huntsville, Alabama; two nephews and a niece. Frank was well-known as an avid sports fan. He was a longtime Maryland basketball season ticket holder who attended their only two Final Four appearances including the National Championship game in 2002. Growing up in Alabama, he was a lifelong tide football fan. "Fear the turtle!", "Roll Tide!", "Go Vandy!" He was a member of the Warwick Country Club and enjoyed playing golf with family and friends. Among his favorite pastimes were playing with his grandsons, reading, solving word and number puzzles and raising a vegetable garden. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday June 15th at 11:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory made be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation PO Box 759329 Baltimore, Maryland 21275.
Pat & Bob Benson - 06/11/2013
We were so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. You and family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Laurie and Ruud Bosman - 06/12/2013
Dear Beth, we have been away from home for most of the year on our sailboat in the Caribbean and were shocked to read about Frank's passing in the on-line version of the Providence Journal. We didn't get to know Frank well in the few years that he was our neighbor but our memory of him will be that he was a kind and gentle man. You will be in our thoughts Beth and we will be in touch once we are back home at the end of June.
Phyllis Faulks - 06/12/2013
Scott and the Benson Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope that you find some comfort and certainty that your father and husband will always be with you. 6/2013
Pheeny Family - 06/12/2013
Frank was a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Lynette Smith and the WGLFCU Team - 06/12/2013
Dear Beth, Scott and Barbara,
We are very sorry to here about your loss of Frank Benson. He was a great man, and he accomplished so much while this earth. He was a true leader. And we know that his legacy will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Barbi & Rob Weckesser - 06/12/2013
Beth, Scott, and Barbara,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Frank was a wonderful man and it is an honor to have known him and have him as one of my friends. Rest in Peace Benson...you will be greatly missed.
Carol Mullen - 06/12/2013
It was a pleasure to have worked with Frank for a few years. I loved his dry sense of humor and his how he was so even tempered. He was a great friend and I know he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
Lana Waggener - 06/12/2013
I wanted to send my condolences to Frank's family.I worked with him at Maryland News from 1988 to 1996.He was such a nice,kind,and gentle man,and so intelligent.He was always glad to see you,and always had a smile.He will be missed by many.I will keep all of you in my prayers.
david ross - 06/12/2013
had the privilege of playing a golf round with scott and frank. what a nice man. and what a legacy he leaves behind with scott and his grandchildren. my thoughts go out to scott and his family. rest in peace.
Darlene Hall - 06/12/2013
It was my pleasure to have known and worked with Frank. I offer my sincere condolences and prayers to you at this time. God bless you.
Robin and Steve Price - 06/12/2013
Scott, Robin and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. I am sure your Dad was extremely proud of his loving family. Please accept our condolences in this difficult time.
Mary and Bill Garner - 06/12/2013
Scott - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although I only met your Dad a few times, I feel as if I knew him well just from talking with you. Hold on to all the great memories.
Amy Dalnas - 06/12/2013
It has been a true honor to get to know the Benson Family. My deepest condolences and thoughts are with you at this very difficult and emotional time.
pierre gardner - 06/12/2013
to the benson family my heart goes out to u all he will watch over everyone from above now god bless
Linda Moore - 06/12/2013
In life we meet those people who we so much admire and even though we part ways for various reasons, there are times this person enters our thopughts and brings a smile to our face.Was unaware of Frank's many accomplishments but he being the unassuming man that he was would never have boasted of such. May his family be granted strength & comfort at you loss.
Mark Ingrao - 06/12/2013
Scott - my condolences on the passing of your dad. What a wonderful tribute to someone who obviously had a tremendous influence on your career and love of sports. You are his legacy. You and your family are in my prayers.
Steve Daly - 06/13/2013
Scott - My condolences and deepest sympathy in this tragic time. While I did not meet your dad, it was wonderful to read about his life and now see where you got your great qualities. Take care and the best to you and your family during these hard times.
Joan Pusinsky - 06/13/2013
Frank was a true gentleman He always had a smile for everyone at Maryland News. Knowing him was a blessing
Debbie and nicki white - 06/13/2013
Scott I was so sorry to hear about your dad passing.i know he will be missed dearly .just remember he is always there in your heart.
The Harris Family - 06/13/2013
What a great picture of Frank. The tuxedo shows his class. The smile exemplifies what a gentleman he was. But the twinkle in his eyes show his love for his family and his teams. I was lucky enough to watch a game or two in the living room with Frank and Scott (if I remember correctly Beth tried to avoid the chaos). What memories! What passion! That same passion and love resulted in Frank and Beth traveling all over DC/MD/VA to watch Scott play basketball. Always the accountant, Frank would have a tally of all the key stats at the end of each game. He was a great fan, friend, father, and husband. Treasure the memories. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!
Amy Nguyen - 06/14/2013
Our thoughts and prayers are continue to be with you and your family through this difficult time. Our condolences to your family and may you find comfort during this time.
Amy & the WGLFCU Team
Robbi and Joe Smith - 06/14/2013
He was without a doubt, the most humble man we have ever known....never did he boast about his accomplishments or his worldly treasures...truly and officer and a gentleman!!
He had a way of making you feel that you were important..that you counted. His smile....ever radiant....always there.
Reposer en paix, mon ami!!!!!!!!!!
Webb Hatch - 06/19/2013
What a great photo of Frank. I don't think there were more than a handful of basketball games missed by Frank during Scott's four years as a player at Marymount. There weren't many times that I scanned the stands before a game when from '87-91 when Scott played for me at Marymountthat he was not there. I did not know the he was a Veteran and an Alabama football fan, maybe that why we hit it off - Roll Tide. My thoughts are with Mrs. Benson, Scott, and Barbara. I know he will be deeply missed but cherish the wonderful memories.