Robert Hughes Bennekamper

August 4, 1941 - December 29, 2020
Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, "A Life Celebration Home"
38 State Highway 31
Flemington, NJ 08822
908-782-3311 | Map
Thursday 1/7, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, "A Life Celebration Home"
38 State Highway 31
Flemington, NJ 08822
908-782-3311 | Map
Thursday 1/7, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A life celebration service, officiated by Bob’s sister, Rev. Diane Bennekamper, will follow the gathering and begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Realizing that many people will be unable to attend due to the current pandemic restrictions, the service will be live-streamed with the following link being active starting at 6:45 p.m. the night of the service; click HERE to watch the funeral service live.

Also understanding that many who would like to speak that evening might not be able to attend, anyone wishing to have their thoughts shared during the service are asked to share them by clicking HERE or emailing Please include your full contact information.

Robert Hughes Bennekamper, age 79 years, of Brick Township, NJ, died on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, NJ. Born in Rahway, NJ, August 4, 1941, son of the late P. Walter Bennekamper and Alta Mae Hughes Bennekamper, Bob was raised in Rahway, NJ and had lived for many years in GreenContinue Reading

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Millie Androwicz left a message on January 10, 2021:
I have known Bob over 70 years and was good friends with his sister, Diane. We lived on the same street He will be missed Bob....RIP. GOOD FRIEND
Lori & Julian Johnson left a message on January 8, 2021:
Dear Patty and Family, words cannot express how truly sorry Julian and I are for your loss of Bob. Please know that you and the Family have our deepest sympathy. Loving thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss and in the days to come. Rest In Peace. Love, Lori & Julian Johnson
Kari Martin left a message on January 7, 2021:
Bob Bennekamper will forever be an inspiration to me, and forever in my mind and heart. Bob's commitment to his community, the environment, and Clean Ocean Action was inspiring and admirable. Bob was always a source of ideas--great ideas--for educating people about environmental topics that he was passionate about. He was thoughtful and kind. He made me laugh. He was a hard worker. He was always there to help. You could count on him for pitching in whenever he could. He taught me how great and effective citizens can be. Bob will be missed, but I will think of him and his efforts often. I send my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to dear Pat and his family and friends.
Valerie Montecalvo and family left a message on January 7, 2021:
Dear Pat and Family, It has been my extreme honor to work with Bob on the board of Clean Ocean Action. He has truly been an inspiration and a rock to us all. While we all mourn his passing, let us hold onto his values, ethics and spirit. All the great work done over the past 30 plus years has been through the collaborative effort of a few very dedicated champions of the COA mission working hard to rally many to support our work. Bob has taken his place next to Derry Bennett as the exemplary leader we all should strive to emulate. What better example can we find then these strong, passionate individuals who worked tirelessly to mentor others to advocate for a clean, safe and life sustaining Ocean! Our family extends our deepest sympathy to Pat and her loved ones as they struggle to mourn the loss of Bob while trying their best to recover from their own health issues. These are trying times indeed for us all. Let’s work together to make sure that Bob’s legacy carries forward and take care of his family during this difficult time. Valerie Montecalvo & Family
Cindy Fernandez left a message on January 7, 2021:
Dear Patty and all of yours and Bob's Family, Juan and I are truly sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and brother. A man who was deeply loved and showed love by his helping others, his volunteering, and caring for his family. What I remember most about Bob was he always had a smile on his face. A smile that shines from within which shows he led a very happy life. May he rest peacefully in eyes of our Lord Jesus and know that one day you will all be reunited in the Kingdom of God. Love Juan and Cindy
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Patsy and Jack Guttenplan left a message on January 7, 2021:
Dear Pat and family, our deepest sympathy on Bob's passing. He was a dear colleague and a loyal supporter of the ocean. He will be missed. Patsy and Jack Guttenplan
Richard Simmons left a message on January 7, 2021:
Bob lived 2 blocks away from my home in Rahway and even though he was younger by a decade I saw him a lot. We would go down to the Rahway River and drag the kayak down stream soaking ourselves regularly. We had lots of fun. We also used to hide away in the woods and have sandwiches which were secretly stolen from his home. We will miss him. Dick and Anne
Richard Simmons left a message on January 7, 2021:
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Scott MacFadden left a message on January 7, 2021:
Bob sat, stood, talked, and enjoyed the races at Wall Stadium in the same spot next to me for about the last 20 years along with our friends John Vollmann, Ray Rovira, and others through the years. I was lucky to get to know him well. We shared so many common interests, racing, music of all types, similar concerns about the environment, and our families. What a wonderful man! Always a smile, always upbeat and pleasant no matter what was going on. We didn't always agree (although the only thing I can think of is whether or not Zane Zeiner jumped the second restart that night at the Garden State Classic a few years ago) but everyone, especially today, could learn from him how to disagree agreeably and remain friends. We're all going to miss him. Given the loss I feel I can only imagine what Pat and the family are going through and my deepest condolences to all of you as well as all of those whose lives Bob touched which I am sure have been many. Godspeed my friend!
Heather Kafka Rovira left a message on January 6, 2021:
Lisa and Bobby we are so sorry for the loss of you dad and our deepest sympathy to your entire family He will be missed by all his friends at Wall stadium. Heather and Ray Rovira
Steve, Patti, Steven & Jake left a message on January 5, 2021:
RIP Bob/Grampies. We will all miss you terribly. Memories will keep you forever in our hearts. xoxo Steve, Patti, Steven & Jake
Louis DiGirolamo left a message on January 4, 2021:
I knew Mr. Bennekamper almost my whole life. I have the fondest memories of him spending much of my childhood with the family. He'd take Bobby and me riding in the back of his pick up truck, and I was fortunate to spend many beach vacations with the Bennekampers. At the beach, Mr. Bennekamper always wanted to go on the Rainbow Rapids water slide. I was the only one that wanted to go, so that became our tradition. Some of my favorite memories of Mr. Bennekamper include him as my little league coach where I learned so much from him. Mr. Bennekamper will always be part of my childhood memories like a second father. Rest in peace.
Karen and Mick Cito left a message on January 3, 2021:
We are heart broken after losing Bob. We had so much fun and so many laughs for such a long time. We were so lucky to have had you in our lives. We love you and will miss you terribly! Our love and sympathy to Pat and the entire family. XO
Walt and Carole Smialowicz left a message on January 3, 2021:
It is with heavy heart to know that we have lost a dear Friend. Someone who our children had the privilege of knowing and calling him "Uncle Bob" .Bob and I first met in September of 1955 while walking to our freshman year at Rahway High. Our families enjoyed many years of happy times together, including many picnics, weddings and other family gatherings and trips to Disney World "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. love leaves a memory no one can steal"
David & Mary Smolinski left a message on January 3, 2021:
Dearest Patty (and all family members), Mary and I are so very sorry regarding the loss of your beloved husband Bob. Though we had little acquaintance, Bob still gave the impression of a strong and gentle kindness. We know that this loss is devastating and so we pray for the courage and strength for you and family to be able to celebrate the positives that Bob lived. We send our love and prayers across the miles. Mary and David Smolinski
Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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