Charles H. Benjamin Jr., 75, firefighter, shuttle driver

July 02, 2002

Charles H. "Ben" Benjamin Jr., a retired firefighter and Avis Rent A Car shuttle driver, died of lung cancer June 25 at his Landsdowne home. He was 75.

Born in the city and raised in Morrell Park, he was a graduate of city public schools. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific aboard the destroyer USS Evans as a water tender in the ship's engine room.

He was discharged in 1946 and enjoyed attending annual reunions of his former shipmates.

Mr. Benjamin worked maintaining trolley equipment for the Baltimore Transit Co. before joining the Baltimore Fire Department in 1954. He served with Engine Co. 47 until retiring in 1974.

He later worked as a shuttle driver for Avis Rent A Car at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

He was married for 40 years to Margaret F. Benjamin, who died in 1987.

Mr. Benjamin was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville, where services were held Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, the former Yvonne Sappe; a son, Charles H. Benjamin III of Westminster; a daughter, Denise Eckhardt of Sykesville; two brothers, Leonard Benjamin of Lancaster, Va., and Louis Benjamin of Keansville, Fla.; a sister, Joan Lee of Timonium; a stepson, Edward Harte of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Linda McGill of Roland Park and Kathy Harte of Landsdowne; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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