OBITUARY

Benedetto Robert Renda

July 21, 1956July 23, 2018
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Benedetto “Benny” Renda, 62, of Little Rock died July 23, 2018 in Springfield, Missouri. Born July 21, 1956 in Little Rock, he was the son of James Peter and Bobbie Zell Prather Renda.

Benny graduated from Catholic High School in 1974 and the University of Arkansas in 1978. An avid Razorback fan, he loved his grandchildren, his family and Karaoke. He had two spider monkeys growing up and he frequently told stories about them. He was the life of the party and enjoyed good music, good friends, and good drinks. His career with K Mart, Best Buy and K B Toys took him around the country. He is survived by his daughters, Cassie Renda (Matt Fowler) of Springfield, Missouri and Chelsea Seely (Jason) of Holland, Michigan; sister, Elaine Renda of Little Rock; grandchildren, Luca Salvadore Renda and Izy Fowler; and many cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2018 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 6219 Baseline Rd., Little Rock 72209 with Father Mark Wood, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. this evening, (Wednesday) in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th St., Little Rock (501) 661-9111. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic High School for Boys foundation.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Rosary Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 26, 2018
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Benedetto Robert Renda

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Tim Jenders

August 3, 2018

It's a testament to Benny's unique character that upon hearing of his passing a sense of loss and emptiness struck me and lingers now, though I haven't seen him for over 20 years. If you were lucky enough to have spent much time with Benny, you weren't likely to forget him. Whenever friends retold "Benny encounters" smiles invariably appeared for he had a joyful and zany charm that couldn't be resisted. Why I can still hear him relating his often told claim that he got a haircut for Elaine's wedding and it lasted well past the divorce.
I was fortunate to have attended school with Benny from the 4th grade thru Catholic High, once even meeting his famed monkeys. As I recall the most memorable part of that visit involved a monkey darting up Benny's arm, on its way to the top of his head, dispensing monkey feces and tons of laughter all the way.
Sadly, I never witnessed one of Benny's karaoke performances, but I can picture him turning toward a disapproving audience and saluting them with what he called "the big bird" and then leaving the stage to mass applause. Bye Benny, you left us all a less interesting and less joyful place.

JJ Brock

July 25, 2018

Big Ben worked for my dad at KMart and he became like a big brother to me fast as we both loved wrestling and music. Ben would take me to wrestling every Tuesday night when we lived in Wichita. And remember us getting in the ring after the matches were over and goofing around until we got caught. Lol ... Ben would take me to concerts all the time, we went to see Hall and Oates in 1981 or 82 and Ben would put me on his shoulders and take me right up to the front of the stage where I got to shake hands with both Daryl Hall and John Oates. So many stories I could tell. I’m going to miss you so much Big Ben I love you !!

Bob Franke

July 24, 2018

Ben and I went to both Catholic High and U of A together. We shared great adventures together with our good friend Kenny Stroud. He loved to interact with people and loved animals. I will miss him but will never forget the great times we had together.

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