Robert A. Benn, 67, of Fredericksburg passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He embodied “Live Strong” and proudly wore his yellow bracelet every day throughout his seven year fight.
Born March 25, 1946, to William Robert and Gwendolyn Frances Benn, Bob grew up in Northern Virginia. He attended Flint Hill Prep. where he discovered his love for “the game” – baseball, basketball, and football. He would tell you he played some football at the University of Pennsylvania until he met the love of his life, Linda.
He owned and operated Burning Bridges, a small family farm in Belmont, Va, where he raised cattle and grew corn for nearly 20 years. He sold real estate in Northern Virginia for many years, but his true passion was coaching youth sports, which was evident throughout his life. What began with coaching his son and daughter through Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation would continue with his grandchildren well into his 50s. Cancer would not keep him from watching his grandsons play ball. His white Escape could be seen parked at the top of the field at ballparks throughout Stafford County. He was an avid fan of the Washington ball teams, the Caps, the Nats and the ‘Skins and anyone playing the Eagles.
Bob is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Kennedy Benn; two children, Robin Benn Enfinger (Fred) of Fredericksburg and William Robert Benn (Sarah) of Richmond; a much loved aunt, Euniceteen Harrison of Doniphan, Mo.; and three grandchildren, Austin, Logan and Evan Enfinger.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 18, at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Allen H. Fisher Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation (memo line: youth scholarship fund), Box 28 Spotsylvania, Va 22553.