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J. Peter Benzie

January 12, 1948November 1, 2020

J. Peter Benzie Jr., the most positive, thoughtful and well-prepared man on this planet, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at the age of 72.

We, his large and loving family, countless friends and acquaintances -- and anyone he has ever met -- were in no way ready to lose Peter Benzie.

He is preceded in death by parents, John Peter Benzie Sr. and Dorothy Raynor Benzie; sister Katherine Benzie Russell.

Peter is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Pam, of New York, N.Y.; and his seven children, Carolyn Loverdi, Michael Benzie, Katy Moles, Matthew Benzie, Erin Benzie, Lauren Benzie and Emma Benzie. He is also survived by sister Judy Rinda of Douglasville, Pa., brother and wife Jeff and Melanie Benzie of Birchrunville, Pa., and brother-in-law Bob Russell of Madison, Conn.

He was Poppy to 11 loving grandchildren: Alex, D.J. and Beth Loverdi; Zoe, Connor and Mark Moles; Olivia, Jack and George Benzie; and, Millie and Mabel Benzie.

However, the list of people he loved as family — and who loved him in the exact same manner — extends on and on.

Peter Benzie was a loving family man, a true gentleman, a veteran, a teacher -- a truly skilled and creative individual who could do anything and everything, and often did so before 7 a.m. He had an unwavering positive personality and quite simply, made people better.

Peter was born Jan. 12, 1948 in Bridgeport, Conn. After graduating Conestoga High School in Barwyn, Pa., Peter attended Providence College (‘70) and graduated with a degree in business management, prior to serving the country as a First Lieutenant in the 8th Infantry Division of the United States Army.

Peter’s lifelong relationship with Providence was incredibly rewarding, and he found great joy in being such a valued member of that community. He served as Trustee from 2009 to 2018, when he was deeply involved in the oversight of dozens of construction and campus transformation projects that beautified our campus and provided state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities.

The College planned to award Peter with an honorary degree at the 2020 graduation ceremony, one of the highest honors bestowed. Because of the COVID pandemic, the ceremony was postponed. This honorary degree will be awarded posthumously when the graduation ceremony is able to be scheduled.

After the military, Peter first started a career building houses, and was always proud to show his family his first business card: Benzie Construction.

And, surprise, surprise, Peter was also good at building houses.

However, in the recession of the early 1970s, Peter thoughtfully transitioned from construction, and found a way to be good at something else, beginning a long and successful 45-year financial services career that started with roll-up-the-sleeves cold calls in a small brokerage office, ending with 15 meaningful years as an executive and global sales leader Broadridge Global Solutions in New York City.

Peter truly loved work, and throughout his career and life, he was incredibly successful while always supporting and mentoring others.

However, what Peter enjoyed most was exactly what he was doing, spending valuable, meaningful time with friends and family in Madison, sailing, boating, playing golf, working around the house, getting early morning Starbucks orders for all, and of course, making sure to take time to connect with and help everyone in his life.

And this was true throughout Peter’s life. Peter was a teacher, as well as a natural leader - a father, husband, grandfather, friend and gentleman in the truest, most literal sense of the word.

If you knew Peter Benzie, it’s very likely you were smiling.

Because he definitely was.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 5-8 p.m. at Swan Funeral Home in Madison. Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Providence College or Alzheimer’s Association.

Services can be accessed at: https://cadenza.tv/set/peter-benzie . Code: Benzie123. The service will begin on Friday November 6th at 11am.

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Stephen Parri

November 23, 2020

Peter was a good man, I did a lot of work for him over the years... He was thoughtful, always wanted to know the best way to do something, told a great story.

I'll miss our morning conversations, and his big wave in the range over.

Stephen Parri

Edwin Pacheco

November 17, 2020

I first would love to say that it was an honor to know Mr. Benzie. As his Doorman, I received the utmost respect and kindness anyone can offer a person while one serves. His gentle approach on a daily basis made my day and gave me pleasure to see him and his family on a regular basis. He will be truly missed and loved. May his soul rest in Gods hands. Farewell my friend.

Christopher Wells

November 17, 2020

To the Benzie family,
I only met Peter once and could tell he was a quality individual. Most memorable were his smile and his amazing attention to detail. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Chris and Diana Wells
Clinton, CT

Janery De Leon

November 12, 2020

Dear Pam and the Benzie Family,
It is with a heartache I write this... I am still in shock.
My sincerest condolences for your loss. Peter was really proud of his family & life.
I met Peter in Sept. of 2015... I am honored to have met such a fine gentlemen. Peter was a tremendous individual full of life! I will cherish every morning he would come into the office and chat with myself and Deb... it never failed (The early birds in the office). The dances during the company holiday parties were forever memorable. I can still hear him sing, "New York... New York..." (If you know, you know) Thank you for allowing me to get to know you, Peter! I will miss your smile and charisma.

We love you. We miss you. We will cherish all the memories we've shared with you, Peter.
Your memory will still live on!

Pam & Fam - You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you much love and comfort.

With love,
Janery De Leon

Russ Heslin FedEx Driver

November 11, 2020

Dear Pam and the entire Benzie Family,

My most heartfelt condolences to you Pam, all Peters children, family and friends, I am truly sorry. I have been delivering to Peter and your family for close to 15 years and Pete was always gracious, approachable and always smiled and cared about how my day was going. On my last delivery before he has passed he was so excited to see something that was for him but quickly frowned and said “darn that’s for my wife but she’s worth it”! He often would say see you tomorrow and was always smiling. Peter made me smile and I always enjoyed meeting him upon my deliveries, he always took the time to listen and make you feel like you mattered. My very best to you all. I am very sorry, Prayers and condolences, Russ your FedEx delivery guy.

Terence Faherty

November 11, 2020

I was fortunate enough to work with Peter at Broadridge for several years. I can't say enough about his kindness, energy level and overall approach to work, work relationships and client relationships. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. He always took the time to truly connect with everyone. Will miss talking PC basketball and all things PC with Peter. Rest in Peace Peter. "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Gia Schioppo Calistro

November 8, 2020

I met Mr Benzie inthe Starbucks parking lot one morning after a run. He saw my PC magnet on the back of my car and we got to talking...Such a wonderful, happy and true gentleman. I instantly felt like family and shared his love of PC. Peter went on to mentor my son who, at the time was a senior at PC. He met with Gianni several times and gave him valuable guidance. I’d look forward to seeing his happy smile each morning as he got his morning coffees. Wishing his family peace, strength, condolences and prayers knowing his legacy lives on with many. God bless. Rest In Peace.

John Glier

November 8, 2020

How very sad to lose our friend and trusted colleague, Peter. I served with Peter on the Providence College Board, and always valued his thoughtful, kind, thoroughly prepared, enthusiastic, and insightful engagement with the College’s needs. Peter had a smile for everyone, and a deep sense of concern and respect for everyone’s point of view. Peter made us all better, and has surely left this world a better place, for his many friends and colleagues, and for his family. We will miss him.

Christine Bassett

November 7, 2020

So sad to hear of Peter’s passing. Our deepest condolences to Pam and his family. He was an amazing man who shared a great smile with us every morning. I had the pleasure of taking a step back some mornings and connecting with him over the love of his family and dogs. He will truly be missed by the Madison Starbucks team.

Gail Roach

November 6, 2020

The Benzie family. I am so incredibly sad to hear of your precious loss. I always thought so highly of Peter and so much looked forward to seeing him over the summers. Peter is very special indeed. He just lights up any room he is in and makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room while he is speaking to you. His vivacious, Positive, energetic, caring, fun nature always came through when you talked to him. I never saw a Peter without a big genuine smile. He was amazing in so many ways. I will miss Peter. Bless you all. Love, Gail Roach

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