Richard Carl Bennice, 77, of Virginia Beach, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016, after a short battle with cancer.
Richard was born January 30, 1939, in Dunkirk, N.Y., where he graduated in 1956 from Dunkirk High School. After his brief experience working at a steel mill, Richard left the comfort of home and enlisted into the U.S. Navy. During his enlistment, he attended Florida Junior College and earned an Associates in Science degree. Richard retired in 1982 as a cryptologic technician administrative senior chief (CTACS) after honorably serving 26 years. Richard worked at QED, Syscon, Cigna and Geico after his Navy retirement.
After age 65, Richard was rarely idle. He spent countless hours piddling around his garage and shed organizing and labeling. He lovingly worked in the yard, where he meticulously built raised garden beds for his wife. He could be seen every morning walking around Pine Ridge talking to neighbors and picking up pennies. He was well known for his wonderful sense of humor, witty responses, and kindness. He was the best man most have ever known.
Richard is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Lynn, with whom he spent 36 years. Together, they cared for their combined families, doted on their grandchildren and enjoyed the company of many family members and friends.
Left to cherish his loving memory are his children, Babette Anderson, Sally Murphy, Ninnette Bennice, Laurie Brunelle, Cherie Brunelle and Joe Bennice; 10 grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathan, Evan, Brittney, Jackie, Matthew, Dylan (Pickle), Blake, Blaire and Jessi the Mouse; two great grandchildren, Michaela and Jackson; and his beloved kitties, Jack and Sadie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah and Joseph Bennice, a World War I Purple Heart recipient; brother, Frank, a World War II Purple Heart recipient; and sisters, Josephine (Jay) Amico, Anita Howard and Rose Miller. Richard was sadly the last surviving member of his family. He was also preceded in death by beloved nephews, Dan Miller, Gerald Speziale, Tom Speziale and Vincent Amico.
Richard passed on from complications of undetected prostate cancer that painfully spread to his bones. Many doctors are not giving PSA tests to men over 70. These test are covered by Medicare and should be part of the annual blood test. If he had been tested earlier, he would have lived many more years.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1801 Baltic Ave., Virginia Beach.
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