Bruce Benson

Obituary of Bruce C. Benson

Glenville – Bruce C. Benson, 94, passed away Sunday September 26, 2021. Bruce was born in Washington D. C., the son of the late Rev. Jesse and Marcella Benson. He proudly served in the US Navy during WW II in Panama and was part of what Tom Brokaw affectionately referred to as The Greatest Generation. After the Navy, Bruce earned his Bachelor's degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. He spent most of his professional career with GE and retired from Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory as a Nuclear Engineer. Bruce was a long time member of Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church, elected to Schenectady City Council in 1967, was a Mason and volunteered with Better Neighborhoods, Inc. It was through his volunteering that he met then President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. After retirement, Bruce and his wife Delores moved to Port St. Lucie, FL. There he was an usher for the NY Mets training facility for 14 years where he had his own fan club of admirers among fellow baseball fans. He also had a lifelong passion for boating and spent many memorable hours cruising his favorite rivers. Bruce is survived by his wife of 67 years, Delores C. Benson, children: Brenda (Lance) Little, Brian (MaryAnn) Benson and Barbara (Gino) Bureau, grandchildren: Elissa, Emily, Florence, Jodi, Andrew, Christopher, Erin, Scott, Eric and Nicole, 13 great-grandchildren, his brother Bradley (Anne) Benson and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Beverly Briggs Jackson. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York or the American Cancer Society in Bruce's name.
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