H. Bradford Benson
September 15, 1930 – May 7, 2020
H. Bradford Benson, 89, of Southbury, CT, former longtime resident of Glastonbury, CT died on May 7, 2020 surrounded by family. His beloved wife of 56 years, Phyllis T. Benson, predeceased him on Sept. 11, 2012, Brad was born on Sept. 15, 1930 in New York City, son of the late Hobart E. Benson and Josephine Libbey Benson (Packard). He grew up in Hastings -on -Hudson, NY and Melrose, MA and graduated in 1952 from Brown University where he received his B.A. in Economics. In addition to ROTC, he was active in student government as class vice president, glee club and Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy upon graduation, he served on the USS Wrangell ammunition ship in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean before being released in May 1954 to Inactive Ready Reserves as a Lieutenant Junior Grade. Brad then moved to NYC where he worked in banking from 1954 to 1956 at Manufacturers Trust Company and attended NYU School of Business. He met his soulmate Phyllis, who was working at NYU Law School, and they were married on Dec. 31, 1955. The couple moved to the Hartford, CT area in 1956 where Brad began his career as an investment broker with Putnam and Company which later became Advest, Inc. He became a co-manager of the Hartford office in 1966 and general partner in 1972, retiring as a Senior Vice President in 2004 at the age of 74. He was a trusted and respected investment advisor who received awards in his business and accolades from many colleagues and customers. Brad and Phyllis began to raise their three children in Newington, CT where Brad was active in the Congregational Church and Brown Club of Hartford, including as President. The family then moved to Glastonbury in 1966 where Brad continued his community involvement with the First Church of Christ, Congregational, serving on the Board of Trustees for 25 years. Brad and Phyllis enjoyed traveling together and always looked forward to relaxing at the family retreat on Lake Norman, NC. Brad remained a resident of Glastonbury after Phyllis’ death until 2015 when he moved to Southbury to be cared for by his devoted daughter Barbara. Brad was a reverent man who put his faith and trust in Jesus, his Lord and Savior. He was known and loved by all for his integrity, respect, kind heart and generosity. We rejoice in the sure and certain knowledge that Brad is now with his father he never knew here on earth, as he died when Brad was only 3, and with his beloved Phyllis. They now walk with him on new paths in the eternal fields of heaven and hear the angels’ song. Brad leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, B. Brooks Benson and his wife Princia of Barneveld, NY; Brenda Connolly and her husband Michael and their son Sean of Old Bridge, NJ; Barbara Ready and her husband William and their three sons, Zachary, Jacob and Daniel of Southbury, CT. One of Brad’s greatest joys in life was his four grandsons. Brad is also survived by his sister Beverlie Tuttle of Minneola, FL, three sisters in law, two brothers in law as well as many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. JoAnn Maroto-Soltis, Regional Hospice Danbury and all of the caregivers who took loving and compassionate care of him at home over the last several years. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, burial will be held privately in the Green Cemetery, Glastonbury. A memorial church service will be held to celebrate Brad’s life at a future date. Memorial donations may be made in Brad’s memory to Samaritans Purse, Boone, NC, at samaritanspurse.org or to Seeds of Hope Children’s Ministry, Abbotsford, B.C., at seedsofhopecm.com.
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H. Bradford Benson
May 28, 2020
My thoughts are prayers are with Brad's family during this difficult time. Brad was a wonderful person, he always greeted me with the biggest hello and a smile that always warmed my heart. I will miss him very much!
May 28, 2020
Rest in peace, Brad. I enjoyed my years as your assistant at Advest.
May 28, 2020
I was fortunate to work with Brad for 33 years at Advest and am blessed to call him a dear friend. He always had a smile and was so kind and generous to me over those years with his advice and guidance. He will be truly missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. My sincere condolences go out to all of his family and friends - my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
May 28, 2020
I worked quite a few years with Brad at Advest. He was a kind soul and showed great guidance to his coworkers and clients. Now he and Phyllis can be together again eternally.
May 22, 2020
Uncle Brad was a "Great" Uncle- he would show up after the 16 hour trip from Connecticut to Lake Norman, NC in the immaculate Cadillac, put on his sunglasses and fisherman's hat and be ready for boat rides. Back in the day he would also enjoy a cigar or two and glass of wine while having great conversations with all of the family in his booming baritone voice, which was always kind and reassuring.
His generosity was evident when he and Aunt Phyllis hosted our family in their cool 1966 era home in Glastonbury, and we visited Mystic Seaport and enjoyed exploring the area. As a 12 year old into things with wheels, Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Brad pulled out the case of their son Brooks' mint condition 1960s era Matchbox cars and I about exploded. They allowed me to pick 3, which I still have and cherish to this day.
As I got older Uncle Brad's integrity served me well as I was able to start understanding investing on a small scale- buy companies of integrity and don't look for the quick buck, a practice I still try to uphold.
On the day I decided to ask Lori to marry me, I had the ring zipped up in my pocket to go on the boat as I planned to do this on an island at the lake. We stopped by and visited with Uncle Brad and Aunt Phyllis on the way and had a lovely conversation while I remained nervous the entire time. Later that night, we all celebrated together in Charlotte at a nice restaurant after my mom Joan's symphony choral performance.
Uncle Brad and Aunt Phyllis have had such amazing care from Barbara, Brenda and Brooks. The love, compassion and extraordinary effort to keep them both comfortable and at home surrounded by family toward the sunset of their lives is testimony to their example of the importance of family that goes well beyond what most folks only talk about.
We'll miss you, Uncle Brad. Enjoy a cigar in the great beyond.
Ebba Jo Spettel
May 17, 2020
Brad was the best brother-in-law one could imagine. In 1957, I was waiting to go to Germany with my 3 children to meet my husband for our new tour of duty in the army. With a newborn and two children, ages 5 and 6, I stayed with the Bensons for 3 weeks. Their first son Brooks was also a newborn . Missing his father, my 5 year old son followed Brad's every footstep and adored him. We all did. In 1993, He escorted his wife and 3 sisters-in-law on a cruise to the Scandinavian capitals and Russia. What a brave guy. At the first formal dance, he said, "Where are those gentlemen hosts when I need them? I have 4 ladies to dance with." The Bensons drove down from Connecticut to Virginia for Thanksgiving for 25 years. So many happy family reunions. Brad was a man of great integrity and intelligence. He was also great fun to be with. I am grateful to have had him in my life......His loving sister-in-law, Ebba Jo Spettel
May 15, 2020
I remember that Brad enjoyed playing the trumpet in the high school marching band. He was six feet three inches and was easy to spot being taller than everyone else!