In Loving Memory of Martin "Marty" Benoff [March 17,1921- September 12, 2023]
With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Martin Benoff. His extraordinary journey, spanning over a century, was marked by dedicated service to his country, his community, and his family.
Marty's life started in South Philly and extended to Strawberry Mansion as a teen. He spent many hours playing stickball in the street with a broomstick and a rubber ball cut in half, bought at the corner store for "two bits." He explored the city as a child, confidently exploring its many neighborhoods by trolley and subway. There was no neighborhood that was out of bounds. He and his buddies explored junkyards, railroads, the waterfront, and any way to earn money. At a young age, he sold pennants, pins, and other items at ballparks in the city. During the summer, living with relatives in Atlantic City, he peddled newspapers on the Boardwalk. He proudly turned over his earnings to his parents.
Marty enlisted in the Army Air Force at age nineteen and remained in service through the entire war, fighting all over North Africa as well as Corsica, Italy, and southern France, reaching Master Sergeant and receiving several medals and awards within the 57th Bomb Wing, 310th Bombardier Group. He survived a total of 70 bombing missions as a gunner and radioman aboard B-25 Mitchells and other bombers. He was most proud to have flown several missions with Capt. Jimmy Doolittle as his pilot, one of our war heroes. Later in life, Marty became involved with his Air Force Association, serving as President of the 57th Bomb Wing Association for a couple years.
He is survived by his children: Rhona (Richard) Case, Fred Benoff, and Cheryl (Sam) Goldfarb, as well as a legacy of seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren (with one dearly departed), and four great-great-grandchildren.
Marty married Marilyn (Listokin) in 1947. They remained happily married for 56 years until her passing in 2003. He eiiJoyed organizing bingo fundraisers for the West Oak Lane Jewish Community Center during the 1960s. A man of many talents, Marty's journey led him to learn electronics during his time in the Army Air Corps. After the war he established a Radio/TV repair business and even built one of the first televisions in the Philadelphia area. His gardens were always impressive...”Hah, you really want to see some big tomatoes!?”
At the remarkable age of 102, Marty Benoff left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. Marty fancied himself a comedian and, without a doubt, brought laughter and smiles to countless faces. His talents extended to barbecuing, golf, bowling, bocce, billiards, and ping-pong. At age 85, Marty sold his suburban home and lived independently in a retirement community near Valley Forge, where he participated in theatre and led a group on current events. Remarkably, he danced, played table tennis, and shot pool into his late 90s and did not give up driving until 99.
As we bid farewell to Martin "Marty" Benoff, we do so with gratitude for the rich tapestry of life he wove. He was a patriot, a family man, a comedian, an athlete, a dancer, and above all, a beacon of love and goodwill. His memory will continue to inspire and bring smiles to our hearts for generations to come. Services were private.
Always in our heart, Dad!!
Rhona, Rich, Fred, Cheryl and Sam