It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert Angelo Benvin on November 21, 2016.
Robert was born October 2, 1937 to John and Ana Benvin in Vrana, Croatia. He was one of 6 brothers and 4 sisters. He resided in Como, Italy for 10 years and upon completing high school and 2 years of college in Varese, Italy, he left for a better life in America.
In 1956, Robert arrived to the United States and spent the next 4 years as an assistant tennis professional to Jan Kozeluh in Charleston, West Virginia and to Doris Hart in Spring Lake, New Jersey.
In 1960, he was drafted to the U.S. Army where he spent 6 months at Fort Dix, New Jersey and 18 months in Goeppingen, West Germany.
In 1963, Robert became a squash professional at the Rockaway Hunting Club in Cedarhurst, New York as well as a tennis professional at the Atlantic Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, New York.
For 3 years he held a full-time position with Wilson Sporting Goods as a tennis and squash sales representative throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Robert Benvin and Dorina Muzic met on the 4th of July in New York and were married November 6, 1966 in Mali Losinj, Croatia.
Robert was always involved with racquet sports and he and his partner ran Century Sports, Inc. for 25 years.
On the squash court, Robert was a fierce competitor and in 1980 he achieved the ranking of #1 in the U.S and #2 in the world.
Robert was very proud of his children. He passed his family values to his daughter Michelle who has a wonderful family of her own and he devoted himself as a tennis coach to his son Richard who competed as a professional tennis player for many years.
Robert loved the ocean and was an avid fisherman. He would sometimes walk on the beach for miles. He enjoyed reading, interesting conversations and was not afraid to express his opinions, especially where he saw injustice.
He was a wonderful husband and loving and supporting father, putting all others ahead of himself and not wanting anything in return. He was one of the most honest, humblest and giving men one could hope to know.
His proudest title was Nonno Bob to his two beautiful grandchildren and loved them with all his heart. They loved and cherished him deeply.
Robert and Dorina Benvin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 6, 2016.
Robert A. Benvin, 79, of Delray Beach, passed away on November 21, 2016 at his home with his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Dorina Benvin, son, Richard Benvin, daughter, Michelle and son-in-law James Mayotte, 2 grandchildren, Mason and Robert Mayotte, 2 brothers and 3 sisters, Nick, Lucky, Teresa, Atilia and Maria.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 13, 11:00AM at Ascension Catholic Church, 7250 N. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Interment with military honors will be held later that day at 1:00PM at the South Florida National Cemetery 6501 S. State Road 7 Lake Worth, FL 33449, please pull into Lane #1 upon arrival.