Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:25 PM
Dear Lake Eustis Sailing Club member
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the
family of Ted Benedict our LESC Wayfarer sailor who passed away
Mike and Dotty Murto, which I believe reflects the thoughts of
all of us:
Ted has been a member for 13 years and
will be missed dearly. He was a good friend to all of us, he could be
counted on whenever you needed help. He was a joy on the water
and off, being a fair competitor and a gracious winner.
Fair Sailing Ted, you will always be with
Al Schonborn <email@example.com>
Date: 11/13/2013 8:31 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Dotty and Mike Murto
Subject: Ted Benedict
Well said, Dotty and
Mike. Ted did indeed provide us with many treasured moments and I for
one will always remember him as a truly Corinthian sailor.
Uncle Al (W3854)
just loved the world," said daughter Carol Deane B. Mitnick of McLean,
died Monday, a week after a cardiac arrest. He was 69. Born
in Key West, Benedict grew up in New Canaan, Conn. A gifted
long-distance runner at New Canaan High School, Benedict, who was also
class president, went on to attend the University of Michigan on a
cross-country and track scholarship. He
studied philosophy, which younger brother Charles Benedict called
fitting because it's the "adventure of the mind".
Benedict joined the Peace Corps, hoping to see places different from
what he was accustomed to in the U.S. He
landed in western Nepal, where he helped design and build roads. While
there, Benedict learned Nepalese and took up photography. He also
learned Japanese, Indonesian and Hindi. So
in awe with the land and the people of Nepal, Benedict convinced his
brother Charles Benedict to join him on a later trip. More than 40
years later, Charles, of Beloit, Wis., can still recall a rafting
excursion that took the brothers to a waterway few Westerners had ever
was not a good idea to go down that river," Charles said.
traveling Asia and Europe in the late 1960s, Benedict stopped in
Istanbul, Turkey, where he met Marjorie Smith. She offered him some
bread and honey she had purchased in Greece. "When
he stopped eating, he fell madly in love," Marjorie said. The
two didn't reconnect until several years later. While in Atlanta, they
shared a pizza on their first date and later married in New Orleans in
1976. The couple went on to have four children. The
adventures didn't stop for the newlyweds. The couple moved to
Indonesia, where Benedict taught English.
1981, Benedict and his wife moved to Central Florida when he took a
position with Lockheed Martin. Benedict chose to settle in Mount Dora
because "it reminded him of New Canaan," his wife said. The
area's lakes allowed Benedict to take up sailing. Over time, Benedict,
who was a member of the Lake Eustis Sailing Club, amassed a collection
of boats and often raced on the weekend. But
his wife said he wasn't about winning, though he often placed in local
Benedict family, including Benedict's 93-year-old father, Bill of
Chapel Hill, N.C, traveled to Alaska in 2011. The following year,
Benedict, his wife and his father toured the Great Lakes, stopping at
lighthouses and breweries along the way. "He
wanted my grandfather to have an adventure as well," Mitnick said.
addition to his wife, daughter, father and brother, Benedict is
survived by his sons T. Robert Benedict, Daniel Benedict and Andrew
Benedict, all of Mount Dora; brother John Benedict of Canton, Mass.;
sister Laura Benedict Jr. of Durham, N.C.; and one granddaughter.
Harden Funeral Home, Mount Dora, is handling arrangements.