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270 Atlantic City Blvd.
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: 732-269-3100
Fax: 732-269-3101
John Beninati

John Joseph Beninati

Thursday, February 24th, 1927 - Sunday, February 10th, 2019
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John Joseph Beninati, 91, a lifelong resident of Kenilworth, NJ, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Mastapeter Funeral Home in Roselle Park is handling the arrangements.

A memorial gathering of remembrance will be announced at a later date.

He was the director of procurement for BOC/Airco in Murray Hill, NJ for 31 years, where John Joseph was the holder of three patents for Cryogenic Insulation Machine, retiring many years ago, prior to that John Joseph was in partnership with his wife, Eleanor and Mike and Sybil Cavalla called “The Sea Shell” pet shop in Kenilworth, prior to that he worked for his father Thomas Beninati as an Electrical Contractor.

He served honorably with the U. S. Navy during World War II. Serving in the Pacific aboard the LSMR-507 out of San Diego, CA, past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2230 and a member of the American Legion Post 470.

John attended Maryville College in TN, University of Tennessee, and Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

In 1953, he was appointed by the Mayor Berzin, to serve on the first Juvenile Conference Committee for the Borough of Kenilworth, President, Zone Chairman, and District Governor of the Kenilworth Lions Club, charter member and first secretary of the Kenilworth Honorary PBA Local 135, treasurer and secretary of the Young Republican Club, member of the 200 Club of Union County, served on the Kenilworth Board of Adjustment, and the Planning Board as secretary for 15 years, in 2008 he received an award for being the first “Volunteer of the Year” by the Borough of Kenilworth for his many years of service and willingness to help others.

He is predeceased by his parents Thomas and Mary (Gromodny) Beninati, his brother Daniel, and a sister Mary Balstein.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Eleanor (Loh) Beninati, two dear sisters Pricilla Beninati, and Clara Beninati Trukowski, and many adored nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and godchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in John’s memory to the Kenilworth PBA Local 137 or the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Dept. Rescue Squad or Kenilworth VFW Post 2230.

“Stand down Sailor, your watch is ended”.
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John Ferraioli

Posted at 06:16pm
A good neighbor who I would see caring for his property. A gentleman who would stop his chores to say some kind words to my elderly mother when she would take her daily walks past his house. Waving and saying hello as we would notice each other working outdoors winter and summer. The kind of person that makes new comers like my wife and I feel welcome. He made the neighborhood a very nice place to enjoy. May he rest in peace and we are thankful for his kindness. Hanna and John Ferraioli, Kenilworth NJ.

Brian watton

Posted at 01:59pm
John and I have been friends for almost 40years from a common interest in the Cryogenic Gas Industry. We got together when we could either in the USA or the UK where I was located. My wife Joy and I have forged a strong friendship with Eleanor and John over the years and following our mutual retirements our meetings were normally in London as John and Eleanor loved to travel and have many friends in England. We had a common interest in gardening and through our interest in Old English Roses always found plenty to talk about. John's passing has left us in great sadness but our memories of such a kind, informed and gentleman will never fade. Rest in Peace Joy and Brian Watton. Shropshire UK

Christine Yarusi

Posted at 11:51am
In memory of John Beninati for a life so graciously led.
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Curtis Dick

Posted at 10:53am
John was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He was a constant gentleman who I watched open the doors for his wife Eleanor up until just a few weeks ago when he became ill. I worked with him a short time on the Planning Board and John was always willing to help me through the processes for which I was unfamiliar. He was someone who would go out of his way for others and a neighbor who I will truly miss. My deepest sympathies to Eleanor and his family. Your neighbor, Curtis Dick.

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