Nathaniel Benjamin

[ Age 24 ] FedEx driver who played lacrosse in school wanted to be professional trainer.

October 19, 2007

Nathaniel Benjamin Sr., a driver for FedEx Corp., died Oct. 12 when he was struck by a car while unloading freight on Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown. He was 24 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 2000 graduate of Northwestern High School and attended the Community College of Baltimore County from 2000 to 2002, where he played lacrosse. He also studied at the Allstate Truck Driving School and the North American Trade School.

Mr. Benjamin drove a tractor-trailer to make freight deliveries for FedEx.

He married Nina Jocelyn Bratcher in 2003.

"He was a kind and giving person who always looked out for others," said his grandmother-in-law, Florine Robinson-Amin. "He worked hard to make something of himself."

Mr. Benjamin regularly went to an athletic center and was pursuing certification as a professional trainer. He also enjoyed drawing and painting.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., where he was a member.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Nathaniel Benjamin Jr., 3; his parents, Angelina Belinda Gresham Benjamin and Simon Trevor Benjamin Sr.; seven brothers, Simon Benjamin, Joseph Benjamin, Samuel Benjamin, Terry Jackman, Kevin Benjamin, Nigel Benjamin and Michael McCray, all of the Baltimore area; four sisters, Sarah Benjamin, Janine Beddoe, Michelle Capel and Joy Anderson, all of the Baltimore area; a grandmother, Eutrice Benjamin of Trinidad; and a grandfather, William Gresham of Baltimore.

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