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Thomas J. Benedett
| Thomas J. Benedett, 95, of 301 Towner Ave., died at 11:45 A.M. Wednesday (April 25, 2012) in Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.
Coming to the United States at the age of 4, he was born May 31, 1916 in Tortorici, Italy, a son of Salvatore and Antonina Pitinga Benedetto.
As the oldest son in a family of six children, he filled the role of father to his siblings when their own father became disabled due to illness, and went to work at age 16. He graduated from Jamestown High School a year early at the age of 17.
In earlier years he was an independent distributor of fruit and soda pop, and later was an owner-operator partner of Rapid Delivery, All Points Cartage, and Hanson Cartage. He retired on December 1, 1981.
He was a member of the Teamsters Union, The Transportation Club, and the Cotillion
Tom’s true passion was gardening. He also enjoyed reading and going out to lunch with his friends.
Surviving are two daughters: Julie (Bruce) Dudgeon and Andrea Benedett , both of Jamestown; a son, Thomas E. (Mary) Benedett of Webster, N.Y.; four grandchildren: Kevin B. (Karen) Dudgeon of Cleveland, Oh., Kyle R. Dudgeon of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Michelle L. and Sharon M. Benedett, both of Webster, N.Y.; two brothers: Carl Benedetto of Wilmington, N.C. and Sal Benedetto of Charlotte, N.C.; and a sister, Margaret Fino of Miami, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Louise “Becky” Beck Benedett, whom he married Dec. 27, 1950, and who died Jan. 30, 2001; a sister, Mary Fuerst; and by a brother, Nick Benedetto.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family, and visitation will not be observed. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. To send a message to the family, visit www.presentsixbeyfuneral.com.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 83 South Main St., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701; or to the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701.
Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home is handling arrangements.