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Thomas E. Benevento, 63

February 28, 2021

Thomas E. Benevento, aged 63, passed away February 28, 2021 after a courageous fight with leukemia. Thomas was the loving husband of Laura, their relationship and marriage spanning 44 years. He was a doting father to Kate and Ev, their two beautiful daughters.

For 25 years Thomas was a skilled and dedicated Waterways Conservation Officer with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. This, his dream job, was a cornerstone of his happiness. Thomas shared the passion he had for his career with nearly everyone he met. With many years of service under his belt, he had many stories to tell and loved sharing them. As a WCO, Thomas enjoyed boating on the waters of the Commonwealth within his assigned district of southern Chester County, as well as neighboring districts when assisting fellow officers.

For many years, he set up and directed the aquatics station of the Chester County Envirothon, which was sponsored by the Chester County Conservation District. He enjoyed engaging in the Friends of Hibernia activities, especially when it came time to volunteer with the Hibernia Park Candlelight Tour held in December, when he looked forward to collaborating with fellow club members to decorate the mansion and the towering Christmas tree that dominated the ball room. He would fearlessly climb the ladder to decorate the highest limbs of the tree. He regularly attended White Clay Fly Fishers meetings and was involved in numerous other community activities over the years.

In his leisure time he took fishing trips to the ocean off the Delaware coast with his friends, fished local PA waters with his family, and particularly looked forward to summer vacation trips to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, his favorite place in the world. He loved the beach there. We often saw pods of dolphins skim the coast, watched ospreys fish the waves, spied majestic eagles perched high in the loblolly pines behind the dunes and marveled at the spectacular sunsets over the bay. A truly magical place.

Thomas was always a few steps ahead and the first to give advice or lend a hand. His caring, loyal and committed nature will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made in Thomas’s memory to the following foundations to commemorate his love for the ocean and to preserve and promote a clean and thriving environment.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403

The Ocean Conservancy
Oceanconservancy.org/ways-to-give/

(The photo above is of Thomas fishing on Chambers Lake, Hibernia Park, in his beloved Grand Banks Dory.)

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Condolences to the Family

March 12, 2021

Please accept our condolences. We just now have found out about Tom. We are so very sorry to hear of his passing. He has been a face that has popped into our shop for many years now. We did not know of his illness and feel horrible in that we did not reach out to him. May the family find peace in your love and memories. 
Karl and Connie Troupe and Family

March 11, 2021

Laura, Katy and Evie:
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of Tom. He touched so many lives for the good. What a great person and what a full amazing life he had doing what he loved. I am honored and blessed to have worked and known him. I’ll remember Tom in so many ways with his wit, smile and terrific sense of humor. Such a witty, kind and intelligent person. He did a tremendous amount of good for Southern Chester County. He always spoke of you while we were on patrols. I know that words are inadequite at a time like this, but I wanted you to know how very sorry I am for your loss, and I think you already know this. I’ve lost a good friend. May God bless and comfort you.  Jim Alexander

March 11, 2021

I was shocked and saddened to hear Tom had died. He always attended meetings of the White CLay Fly Fishers, usually with Ed Guthrie. I often talked with Tom; we had something in common since I worked for the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife for twenty years. He was a nice fellow and obviously very dedicated to fishery conservation and fisheries in general. I will miss him. 
Desmond Kahn

March 10, 2021

Tom is an icon and a legend here in Chester County. Tom and I have worked together for the past 25 years in Chester County. We’ve spent dozens of hours traveling together to and from training and worked on countless details together. Tom was very detail oriented and had great instincts in the field. I could always count on him for assistance if and when needed. It will not be the same around here. 
Bob Bonney

March 09, 2021

So sad to hear this.  Always a smile on his face….always ready to share with you fishing stories and advice…..always a joy to see because he made you feel great……ALWAYS HAD A POSITIVE ATTITUDE ON LIFE.  Condolences to all of his family….he was amazing.  
Teddi Silver – Charter Member of WCFF

March 09, 2021

The WCFF Thursday night fly tying group enjoyed his visits. He always had a story to tell us about his on the job encounters. He was a regular at our monthly meetings and the club appreciated his dedication to conservation. He will be missed.
Barbara J Brunnet

March 09, 2021

Dear Laura, Kate and Ev,
I am so sorry for your loss.  Tom was at my side for every Trout in the Classroom release at Pocopson Elementary and was a genuine pleasure to be with! He will be greatly missed. May God cover you with his love at this great time of sadness.
DAVE DICKENS SR

March 07, 2021

Tom was a great friend and a great Officer.    I truly enjoyed every opportunity I had to work with him as a Deputy.  He was perhaps the biggest reason I became a full time Officer with PFBC.   I will miss our talks and the stories he told.  He was a great mentor and always available for advice   Laura, Ev and Katie- Thomas loved the job but the three of you were always his number one.   Rest In Peace my friend.  
Matt Raetsch

March 06, 2021

My condolences go to the family of Tom. I had the pleasure to work with Tom for seveal years. As the PFBC Training Officer for many years, Tom sat in my classrooms and on the firearms range many times. Great Officer. He is truly missed.
Guy Bowersox

March 05, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Tom’s passing.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time .  He will be missed by many.
Corey Britcher

March 05, 2021

My condolences to Laura and family. My heart breaks for all of you. I met Tom at the Friends of Hibernia board meetings.When it was his turn to speak he always had a very very funny fish and game story. He will-truly be missed. Strength to all of you. Joni

March 05, 2021

Tom will be sorely missed in the PFBC.  I worked with him a few times being an officer in Lehigh County.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family.  Lee Creyer

March 04, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He always was a cheerful friend. I’ll miss that wry smile he’d give right before a good joke.
Bill Crisp

March 04, 2021

We are so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We met several times over the years at the statewide meetings and EOT at Stackhouse. Know that we will be praying for you and you can always reach out to us as we are your extended family.
God bless and comfort you.
Jim Smolko, NW Region

March 04, 2021

Laura, Kate, Ev,  my deepest condolences on Tom’s passing.  Tom was one of the first people I met in my career as a park ranger and he trained me on the job and about the ways of life.  His dedication to family was an overwhelming example of positivity and strength.  Over the past fourteen years, I can’t think of someone that I have belly laughed more with while sharing stories and jokes.  He was a perfectionist at putting things lovingly and bluntly at the same time and there just was no one like him.  The lake will never be the same place without him.  From now on I will be adopting what he always said to me when parting:  “Be good.”
Mike Trzaska (as Tom would say, “Terraska”)

March 04, 2021

Tom has meant a lot to me, welcoming me as a Deputy in his district, but most importantly, he was a true friend. His dedication to family goes without saying, usually when we met up, the order of conversation was always family first, then fishing. Our annual saltwater fishing trips were always filled with talking and laughter, and of course, Tom always catching the biggest fish. Tom, you will be missed in say many ways, but will always be remembered.
Mike Rieker

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