William Evarts Benjamin II

MANALAPAN, FLA. And PRETTY MARSHHaving celebrated his 90th birthday on Sept. 18, William Evarts Benjamin II died peacefully at his beloved Maine home in Pretty Marsh on Sept. 21, 2014, surrounded by his family and his dogs. Born on Sept. 18, 1924, he resided in New York, Southhampton, Long Island and Cooperstown, N.Y.

He attended the Buckley schools, St. Paul’s School and Columbia University before becoming an ensign in the Navy, where he served in the Pacific. After the war, he worked in publishing and advertising and was director of the American Sugar Co. in Haiti. He and his family moved from Greenwich, Conn., to Palm Beach in the 1950s. In 1957, he purchased the Consuelo Vanderbilt property in Manalapan, which he ran as a club before taking up residence there. Mr. Benjamin directed the Point Manalapan Development  Corp., the First State Bank of Lantana and was a director of the Island National Bank and Trust. He was a founding trustee of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, president of the board of the Palm Beach Academy, president of the Palm Beach Community Foundation, a member of the Council on Community Foundations and the Maine Community Foundation. He was president of the Norton Art Museum and a board member of the Society of the Four Arts and served as mayor of Manalapan, Fla. He was a member of Saint Anthony’s Club, the Pot & Kettle Club in Maine, the Everglades Club and the Silverbacks of Palm Beach. Mr. Benjamin loved his various boats called Lyon and cruised the waters of Maine and the Bahamas.

William Benjamin leaves his third wife, Maura and five children, William E. Benjamin III, Beatrice Benjamin, Alexandra Benjamin, Christopher Benjamin and Anne Green; his three stepchildren, Marjorie Moore, Elizabeth Atterbury (deceased) and James Riordan; his grandchildren, Renata Benjamin, William E. Benjamin IV, Lucas Sharp, Wynston Vose, Parke Benjamin, Millicent Green, Will Green, Story Cowles, Clara Crabtree, Katherine  Atterbury, Katie, Sam and Jack Riordan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palm Beach Community Foundation, Friends of Acadia, Bar Harbor, or the SPCA of Trenton.

A memorial service is planned for later this season.

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