Thomas Benaquista

Thomas J. Benaquista

Monday June 24, 1946 - Tuesday March 31, 2020
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Loving Husband, Father, Brother, and Grandfather

Thomas J. Benaquista, 73 of Nutley, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Born in Newark, the son of the late Alfred R. and Anna (Chieppa) Benaquista, Thomas retired as a sales manager for Estes Express Lines in Richmond, VA. He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and an avid golfer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanne (Ciccone) Benaquista; his daughters, Stephanie Pollitt and her husband, Michael, and Jenny Smith and her husband, Robert; a brother, Robert Benaquista and his wife, Lyn, and their two children, Robert and Jessica; and 3 grandchildren, Eliana, Violet, and Dominic.

Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( would be appreciated.

Funeral services will be held privately. A memorial service will be announced at a later time.
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Uncle Larry, Denise & Tommy

Posted at 02:28pm
Your smile will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
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David & Susan Schear

Posted at 06:09pm
Jeanne, Susan and I are very saddened to hear of the passing of your spouse. We're glad there is this opportunity to plant a commemorative tree.
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Dianne Thumm

Posted at 11:27am
Our deepest Condolences . We are truly sorry for your pain and loss. Prayers for all. Dr. Irwin, Dianne and staff

Diane Angelo

Posted at 08:19pm
Jeanne and family-we are sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts at this difficult time. Our prayers for all of you. And may you find comfort in your memories. Love, Billy and Diane Angelo

Denise Giaimo

Posted at 02:46pm
Tom will be in my heart forever. Jeanne, Stephanie and Jenny I know how much you will miss him. When I was a little girl Tom was my protector. They will call Tom, Tony Boy, James Jr & me (being the only girl) the Little Rascals. Growing up we were very close he even babysat for me. I know in the past few years we really haven't seen each other much because life got in the way. I will miss him very much. My heart goes out to you all. Love, Denise

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