Published On: Sun, Aug 3rd, 2014

Harry Lloyd Benson Jr. former principal of Boca Raton High School passed away

Harry Lloyd Benson Jr., former principal of Boca Raton High School and Palm Beach County School District Director of Secondary Education, passed away Friday, Aug. 1, from complications after knee-replacement surgery at Viera Hospital in Viera, Fla. He was 76.

Benson was born in Delray Beach, Fla. in 1937, the oldest of four children of Berneice and Harry Lloyd Benson. He was raised on a dairy farm near the beach in the Delray/Boynton area and graduated from Seacrest High School in Delray Beach. While attending the University of Florida, he married his college sweetheart, Martha, and in 1961 started work at J.C. Mitchell Elementary School in Boca Raton. In 1963, he moved to the new Boca Raton Community High School, where for 11 years he was well-loved and respected as a teacher, coach, dean and principal. He was promoted to the Palm Beach County School District administration in 1974.

In 1991, he retired from the school district after 31 years and pulled a reverse-snowbird, moving to North Conway, N.H., as superintendent. After nearly seven years of cold and snow — and an inability to understand why the kids there got a school holiday on the first good powder day of the ski season — he and Martha moved back to Florida and settled in Viera, near Melbourne. He worked part-time at Turtle Creek Golf Club providing tee times and trying to perfect his game of “FLOG” — “golf” spelled backward, he always said, because that’s about how good his game was.

Benson is survived by his devoted wife, Martha; his daughter, Diane Benson Harrington of Madison, Wis.; his grandchildren, Kristina (21) and Kathy (19) Benson of Boynton Beach, and Jack (17) and Ben (15) Harrington of Madison, Wis.; his sister, Myrtle Calbert, and brother, Burt Benson, as well as daughter-in-law, Penny Brown Benson and son-in-law, Scott Harrington. He was preceded in death by his brother Marvin Benson and, in November 2013, by his son, David Benson, who also worked with the Palm Beach County School District. The two are probably playing at a never-ending father-son golf tournament in the sky, where his swing has undoubtedly improved.

The family will have a private service. Condolences can be offered at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Viera (www.BeckmanWilliamson.com) [NOTE: This page at the funeral home is not yet set up. Please check back Sunday for that.] In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to First Tee, the National Stroke Association or the charity of your choice.

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