Thomas J. Benton

October 7, 1941March 2, 2012

Arrangements under the direction of Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home, New York, NY

OBITUARY Thomas John Benton was the oldest son born to Dorothy and John Benton. He was predeceased buy both parents and his brother, Richard.

Tom was born in Jamaica, Queens, NY and moved to Woodmere, Long Island at an early age. He attended Woodmere Elementary and Junior High Schools. Tom attended George W. Hewlett High School but left at the age of 16, and went to work as a body and fender mechanic. At 18, he joined the Woodmere Fire Department and rose to the rank of Captain of Hose Company #1. After his success in the Fire Department, he returned to school and got his G.E.D.

Thomas entered the US Marine Corp. and served in Viet Nam from 1965 to 1969.

Upon leaving the Military, he went to work for Mutual of Omaha in Miami, Florida. In this office he rose to Unit Manager and in 1974 was one of Mutual’s top managers in the country. Tom continued to excel, and became the General Manager of the Syracuse office, and later the Flushing, NY office.

On January 7, 1989, Tom had his first heart attack and retired from the Insurance Industry. He used this time to get his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Empire State College and his Teaching License. Although Tom never worked as a Teacher, per se, he volunteered his services daily in the East Harlem Block School, and P.S. 108. For 20 years he worked in various capacities: as a Kindergarten Substitute Teacher, Lunch Duty Officer, and Supply Officer.

Tom loved children, cars and driving. With his wife, he drove throughout most of the contiguous United States.

Thomas married Donna Benton in 1983, and they have been together every single day since that union.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thomas J. Benton

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anthony benton

May 17, 2012

Going to miss you pop!! My Friend, MY Mentor, My FATHER!!!!!He always say the good in a situation, to give his insight and how to make a situation POSITIVE!!! Love you pop , your son Anthony

March 29, 2012


Shirley Ramos

March 12, 2012

I am so sorry to hear that you have passed but God knows what he does and you will forever have a place in my heart and in my memory thank you for being who you was. Donna I would like to express my condolences on behalf of myself and my family... So dearly sorry for your loss...

Shirley Ramos former student of Donna and Tom

Josephine Padilla

March 10, 2012

Rest in peace Tom, you will be sadly missed. Donna and family our prayers are with you and God bless you and your family.

Love: Josephine Padilla and family

Clarice Rodriguez

March 9, 2012

Tom was a good friend and mentor to so many young people and will be greatly missed. I think of the joyful times we had at P.S.108/East Harlem Block School and I will cherish those memories forever. Donna, my condolences to you and the family. Rest In Peace Tom.

Travis s. jackson

March 8, 2012

mr.benton was a father figure to me during my time @ east harlem block school. he was always a loving and caring man it didn't matter who u was he took you under his wing. i was kind of a hard headed kid when i was younger mrs.benton my condolences goes out to you and your family. mr.benton you will always be missed in everybody hearts.

Le'Hena Johnson

March 8, 2012

To:Donna you have my Family deepest sympathy,Ilove both of you dearly ur in our prayers sory for your lost.

Luz Perez

March 7, 2012

to Donna and family, may god give you serenity and strength in this sad day. We loved Tom and will never forget him
love Luz Perez

luz perez

March 7, 2012

Tom you will forever be missed. You had a place in my heart the minute we layed eyes. You welcomed me with open arms and we truly went through challenges together lol but we survived it all. I would say i would had never had changed it for the world. You was a great man, father mentor and especially a friend. My condolence to Donna and family, may god give you the strength and god bless you and everyone. love luz perez

Shelia Mapson

March 7, 2012

Tom,rest in peace!You will be surely missed my family and i think of you and Donna often.The both of you were a big influence on my children (Yolanda & Kiyonda Hester)and the beautiful women they have become,for that I THANK YOU! Donna,may god keep and continue to bless you and you family.Tom,Donna,and Mrs. Walton you are a special people and we are blessed to know all of you,CONTINUED BLESSINGS!!!