The Obit For John Bench

John F. Bench Jr

Published in The Citizen from September 25 to September 26, 2010

CAMILLUS - John F. Bench Jr., 81, of Camillus, passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at home. Born and raised in North Syracuse, he moved to Camillus-Elbridge area in 1959 where he owned and operated Long John's Grocery Store. An all-star athlete in high school, Jack participated in basketball, football, track and baseball. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

Jack, the original Johnny Bench, the pitcher, not the catcher, pitched for the Boston Braves Farm League in the A, B and C Divisions.

Jack was a pipe fitter for his father's plumbing business in North Syracuse. He was a member of several leagues at the former Raab's Bowling Alley in Camillus. Jack was a charter member of the Camillus Elks Lodge No. 2367, having held several chairs, including Exalted Ruler.

He was also a member of the Teamsters Local No. 317, VFW Post, Woodpecker Club and American Legion Post No. 239 and a former employee of Loblaws, Acme Markets and Coca-Cola. Jack retired from New Penn Motor Express. After retirement, he enjoyed working at the NYS Fair for several years.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, John and Bernice Bench Sr., and sister, Lillian Jane.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Carolyn Forward; daughter, Robyn White (Tad Barrett) of Weedsport; son, Robert (Linda) of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Shawn, Courtney, Francisca and Lhiza; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Norma Dauenhauer; brothers-in-law, Bill Forward and Chuck Pisconski; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call today 1 to 4 p.m., with Camillus Elk's Lodge service at 3:30 p.m., at Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday a the funeral Home. Jack will be laid to rest in Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Camillus Elks Lodge No. 2367, P. O. Box 396, Camillus, NY 13031. To send a message to the family, sign our guest book at and click on obituaries.