Thursday, March 28, 2013

Benington, Arthur C. 1914-1999 Born in Hartwick, NY

Arthur C. Benington

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. — Arthur C. Benington, 85, a retired music teacher, died Sunday, March 7, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla.
Mr. Benington was born in Hartwick, in May 1914, the son of Hobart and Florence (Colburn) Benington.
He was a graduate of Hartwick High School, Hartwick College and the Crain School of Music at Potsdam University.
An accomplished violinist, Arthur started his musical career by playing in church and teaching violin to area students.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Benington was a well-known music teacher in the Draper High School in Schenectady. He also taught in Montgomery, Mexico and at the Satellite High School in Florida, coming to Florida from Mexico in 1963.
He organized and directed the Cape Canaveral Space Center Chorus and the Ten Tones at Satellite High School.
After retiring from teaching, he became a real estate broker. He owned Space Coast Realty in Palm Bay from 1972 to 1996.
Mr. Benington was a member of Palmdale Presbyterian Church in Melbourne. He also had directed choirs at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialonte and First Presbyterian Church of Palm Bay.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marion Benington of West Melbourne, Fla.; daughters, Marueen Laverty and Doreen Boles of Palm Bay and Barbara Johnson of Canaveral Groves; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a cousin, Virginia White of Morris; several nieces, Frances Northrup, Nadine Carvin, Janice Coulter and Sandra Berger, all of Oneonta, and Sharon Shaver of Mount Vision; and a nephew, Harold Stenson of Durham, N.C.
He was predeceased by a sister, Marion Stenson of Oneonta.
Memorial services were held for Mr. Benington on Thursday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at Palmdale Presbyterian Church. Interment was in the church's memorial garden.

Published in The Daily Star on March 27, 1999.

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