Benny L. Fields, 66, store detective

December 11, 2005

Benny L. Fields, a Giant Foods store detective, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Overlea resident was 66.

Born in Norton, Va., he moved to Baltimore with his parents and resided on Linden Avenue. He was a 1957 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, where he played football.

He worked in personal security and was a bodyguard to Colts owner Robert Irsay and sportscaster Howard Cosell when he covered the 1979 World Series.

Mr. Fields was a Giant Food store detective for 32 years. He worked out of its Putty Hill store and handled security matters for numerous stores throughout the chain.

He ran father-daughter dinner dances at the Institute of Notre Dame for many years. He was also a season ticket-holder to Ravens games.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Moose Lodge of Rosedale.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Barbara Haller; two daughters, Judy M. Woodard of Dixon, Tenn., and Nancy L. Fields of White Marsh; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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