Robert A. Benn

Born on 03/25/1946

Departed on 11/12/2013

Resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia

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.


18 thoughts on Robert A. Benn

  1. barbara carter on said:

    Linda, Robin and William, We were so saddened to hear of your loss. We will always remember Bob as loving person. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. With much love Barbara (Bo), Beckie & Kadee

  2. Kathy Smith on said:

    Linda and family: We are thinking about you all and praying for you in your loss. Bob fought a good fight and he will be missed. Kathy and Warren

  3. James on said:

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of Robert. It is never easy to deal with the death of a loved one even knowing the fact that they are no longer suffering from any illness. May the God of Comfort give those grieving the strength to get through this difficult time until the time when we can see our loved ones alive again (2 Corinthians 1:3; Acts 24:15).

  4. Amy Buckner on said:

    Linda and family: I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to let go of those we love, but find comfort and peace in knowing Bob is with God looking down on you all with love. My prayers of comfort and peace are with you all.

  5. Bill & Nancy Biscoe on said:

    Linda & family,
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. A gentle man fought a monster disease & he always did so with a smile & courage. We will always remember Bob as a neighbor and friend. May God surround you with His comfort.

  6. Paulette Tantlinger on said:

    Linda and family,
    I wanted to let you know that I hold you in my thoughts and prayers for comfort with the passing of Robert. It’s hard to let go of a loved one but Robert is now at peace, pain free and in the arms of God watching over you.
    God Bless you,

  7. LINDA GILLISPIE on said:

    I believe I met Robert some time ago in my office at the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office in Stafford. His mother Gwen came in for years and I would always help her. She was constantly talking about her family. She would tell us about the trips she would go on. I can only imagine Robert being a wonderful person. So sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely, Linda Gillispie

  8. Bill and Marylea Schmidt on said:

    Linda and family,
    Larry just dropped us a note, and we are saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. He certainly put up a great fight. He was such a great guy. What wonderful times at Penn, the 40th reunion and more recently in Fredricksburg. He will be missed. I can hear his hearty laugh even now. May the good times give you strength during this period of grief. Our prayers are with you and Bob. Stay in touch. Bill & Marylea

  9. Dan Haywood on said:

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Pam and Danny Haywood

  10. Mary B. Acors on said:

    Dear Linda,
    I pray family and friends will comfort you, faith will uphold you and loving memories of Bob will bring you calm, comfort and peace. I know this is not easy for you but your love and care you gave Bob through the years will help bring you peace. Caring for a loved one is not easy. My pastor shared a poem with me that I found very comforting:

  11. Mary B. Acors on said:

    Thinking of you,

  12. Karen Nichols on said:

    Linda, Robin and William- Bob fought cancer a LOT longer than 7 yrs. I recall with such fond memories Robin’s High School graduation in 1988 w/my own son Tommy Oakes Jr, and Bob had just gotten out of the hospital from his kidney being removed due to cancer, found only because of his suto accident. The ‘fond memory’ part was two-fold! He said he ‘was sending the woman who hit him flowers for saving his life’, AND he said he ‘was SO glad his last name was not ZENN because as soon as Robin got her HS diploma, he felt so bad and was so weak in the HEAT of that summer night, he was leaving for HOME’! What a courageous and kind man! Lovc to all of you, and to your family…….

  13. Cherie and Steve Sweazey on said:

    Dear Linda, Robin & William,
    We fondly remember Bob as David’s first soccer coach when we first moved to Virginia 30 years ago. He was a great guy and a wonderful role model for young athletes. We feel fortunate to have known him and had him interact in our lives. May God grant you peace in your memories.

  14. Lawrence Kennedy on said:

    Bob was a great family provider and took immense pride in his children and grandchildren. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Angela Lord on said:

    Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. Carol Ann Talley Wagner on said:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during such a trying time. Keep faith. Much love to you all.
    Carol Ann

  17. Jim Dossett on said:

    Linda and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss.

  18. Jen Jarrell on said:

    I still think of you often Mr. Benn. Watch over us all, especially your dear wife and beloved kids and grandkids. Miss and love you always,

    Jenny Enfinger Jarrell

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