Harry Van Benschoten, 94, Mining Executive, Woodway Country Club Officer, Active in Episcopal Church

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Harry Van Benschoten of New Canaan and Naples, Florida died peacefully at his home on Aug. 31, 2022 at the age of 94 1/2.

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Harry Van Benschoten, 94, died on Aug. 31. He will be buried in a private ceremony.

Harry was born in New York City on Feb. 18, 1928. He attended Dartmouth College and enlisted in the U.S. Army in September, 1946 through January, 1948 and served during the occupation of Japan after World War II.

He returned to finish college and then continued on to graduate from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. The earlier part of his business career was spent with several accounting firms located in New York City as a certified public accountant. After developing an expertise in accounting for mining companies, in 1967 he joined Newmont Mining Corporation, an international mining company. He served as corporate vice president and chief accounting officer until he retired in 1987.

Throughout his lifetime he volunteered his services to the Episcopal Churches in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Florida. He also served in leadership roles at both Woodway Country Club in Darien and The Club at Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida. He participated in many industry organizations and sat on a few corporate boards during retirement.

Harry was the beloved husband of Mary Louise for 65 years and was predeceased by her in 2016. He has been the beloved father of Thomas Van Benschoten, Claire Rische and Diana Locke. He has been the beloved grandfather of Sarah Cannavaro, Matthew Van Benschoten and Ellis and Stuart Locke. He has also been dearly loved by his daughter-in- law, Lenore Van Benschoten, and his two sons-in-law, Charles Locke and Philip Rische.

Harry will be buried during a private ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan.

Contributions in Harry Van Benschoten’s memory may be directed to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, CT 06840 and earmarked for the Capital Fund, or to a charity of your choice.

This obituary is from Hoyt Funeral Home, where online condolences may be left.

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