John Elbert Benitez

John Elbert Benitez, Sr. PhD

Rochester: Passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the age of 80 years old. John is survived by his Wife, Lucy, marriage of 57 years; his Children; Deborah (Mick, children-Caitlin & Lucy), Kiki (Oty, children-Marlyn, Cristina & Cristian), Raymond (Carmen, children-Alexandra & Armando), Tony (Elizabeth, child-Victoria), Richie (Marisol, children-Juan Ricardo, Alejandro, Antonio, Claudia & Mateo), Marinelly & Adam; and his 5 amazing Great-Grandchildren.

John was a loving family man, Veteran and accomplished Educator. A lifelong student, he achieved both his Masters and PhD in Education & Administration at the University of Rochester and the University at Buffalo, respectively. John's favorite pastime was camping and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He retired from teaching graduate studies at SUNY Brockport and split his retirement years between NY, FL, and Puerto Rico. John had a passionate thirst for life, love, nature, music and poetry.

Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home (3325 Winton Rd S, Rochester, NY). Father Mickey McGrath will officiate. In lieu of flowers contributions in "John E. Benitez" memory may be made to either charity: Multiple Sclerosis Association of America – ; or Lollypop Farm –