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”.