David Benua

January 24, 1956May 30, 2010

Mr. David Benua, age 54, of Marblehead, died Sunday, May 30, 2010. He was the husband of Susan E. (Wilder) Benua, to whom he had been married for 30 years.

Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Richard Squier and Joan Anne (MacLellan) Benua. He grew up in Larchmont, NY and graduated from Mamaroneck, NY High School. He then received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979. He lived in Marblehead since 1997.

For many years David was a computer consultant and one of the principals of Percussion Software of Woburn. An avid sailor and avid cyclist, he was a member of the North Shore Cyclopaths and the North Shore Cyclists.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a son Richard Benua of Marblehead; a brother Daniel Benua and his wife Sun of Portland, OR; 2 sisters Peggy Benua and her husband William Lindner of Coral Gables, FL and Laura Benua of Nyack, NY; his mother-in-law Joan Wilder of Queensbury, NY; a brother-in-law John Wilder and his wife Taru of Winter Garden, FL; a sister-in-law Nancy Wilder of Queensbury, NY; a niece Rachel Wilder; and a nephew Bryan Wilder.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Old North Church, 35 Washington Street, Marblehead on Monday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Donations may be made in David’s memory to the Old North Church Memorial Fund, 8 Stacey Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. Arrangements by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead, 781-631-0076.


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North Shore Cyclists

July 17, 2010

Our sincerest sympathy goes out to you at David's sudden passing. What a tragedy for you. We will keep you in our hearts.

Lorna Perkins

June 11, 2010

Sue and Ricky,

I was shocked to learn yesterday evening that David had passed away.

I remember seeing him often at Bell School and Charter events, larger than life and obviously so proud of his talented son.

My deepest sympathies are with you at this tremendously difficult time.

Lorna Perkins and David, Kevin, and Glenna Joyce

Nancy Plympton

June 7, 2010

I was shocked to hear tonight of David's passing, and I will sorely miss his big smile in my Spinning class. May the wind be at his back, and may he forever ride strong.

lauren mckenney

June 6, 2010

As I sit here thinking about our time on the water with David, I feel compelled to add, David was brilliant, but understated and without ego ... a tremendous combination of qualities and what made him so adoring.

Lauren McKenney

June 6, 2010

I am both shocked and so sorry to hear of David's passing. I sailed for David when he first moved to Marblehead on his Mumm 30 quite a few years ago. David slid me into a role on the boat and had the patience to school me until I dialed in. His kindness and confidence in me helped leverage me and enabled me to go on to bigger programs once he sold off his boat. That experience was not only invaluable but we also had a hell of a good time. It was always a pleasure sailing with Dave. He was a true gentleman thru and thru.

Jen Perkins

June 4, 2010

When I began writing documentation at Percussion 11 years ago, Dave was already a fixture in the company. For my first few years, I was in a state of terrified awe whenever I worked with him - he was so brilliant and confident, and everyone in his group called him Dr. Rhythmyx. Needless to say, whatever he told me went straight into the documentation.

As the years went on, I saw that Dave was worldly and funny as well as a very proud dad. In time my terrified awe became . . . well, just awe.

I loved that Dave was an honest critic, and if he said something I wrote was good, I was proud of it.

Sue and Ricky, I'm so sorry for your loss and our loss. It's going to take me a long time to get used to the fact that when no one else can help me with a question, I can't stop by Dave's office and get the answer.

June 4, 2010

Our condolences from his entire spinning class. We will miss his humor so early in the morning.

Tim Hardyman

June 4, 2010

Dave was such a nice guy. I'll never forget how helpful he was to all of the team and how he always had time for us. He was not only extremely intelligent, but very personable and fun too. I'll miss the reasurring "Dr Rhythmyx is online" in my IM client.

He's been an inspiration in my life, and I feel better for having known the great guy.

Love & hugs,
(ex-Percussion UK)

Michele Doucette

June 3, 2010

What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

Peace, prayers and blessings...

Kathleen Benua

June 3, 2010

Dear Susan, I was so sorry to hear of David's passing. I remember spending a lovely Thanksgiving with you all and Dick and Joan at their home in Larchmont. Please accept my condolences. Kathy Benua (Mrs. Louis Benua)