Wayne Chandler Benton
Wayne Chandler Benton (AKA “B”) 65, of Pine Island, Florida, since 2005 and a longtime resident of Liberty, New York, died August 18, 2016. He was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1951. The son of late Grace Ramsey Benton and William Benton of Liberty, New York, he was predeceased by his parents as well as his brother, Thomas Benton. Survivors include; his wife of 38 years, Polly Reed Benton, sister Nancy Benton of Liberty, New York, niece Laura Reed of Pine Island, Florida, nephew Justin Reed of Virginia, and many dear, close family and friends.
Wayne was a retired New York State corrections officer and a member of the Moose Lodge #2199 where he tended bar. He was also a member of Sons of the American Legion of Pine Island, Florida and the Elks Lodge of Liberty, New York.
Sports played a huge part in his life and while he knew a great deal about most sports, he was a real connoisseur when it came to baseball and football (following the Detroit Tigers and the Washington Redskins was his passion). Outspoken and direct, he was never afraid to tell it like it is. You always knew where you stood with Wayne. Knowledgeable on topics ranging from history to life in general, Waynes quick-witted sense of humor was always on display. He was known as an avid animal lover who would save a stray cat as well as feed the birds. He enjoyed cooking his sauce and celebrating all the major holidays.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be sent to the Helping PAWS Animal Sanctuary 10060 Mallory Parkway Unit D, Saint James City, FL.
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 1, 2016 at the Cape Coral Moose Lodge #2199 at 2 P.M. In honor of Wayne’s passion for sports, those attending are invited to wear a sports team related item. His final resting place will be Liberty, New York.