March 24, 2022
Dennis Floyd Benac, formerly of Bell, Florida passed away Thursday morning, March 24, 2022, at The Atrium in Gainesville, Florida following a courageous battle with cancer. Dennis was born January 15, 1952, in Flint, Michigan to Floyd and Joanne Benac. Dennis was known for his active lifestyle, hard work, and skill at fixing almost anything. As a young man, he worked in Detroit for Ford Motor Company painting cars, as a maintenance man in San Francisco, California, doing construction work in Iowa, and as a construction foreman in Boston among many varied jobs. He loved riding motorcycles, and when he made his first trip to Florida for a motorcycle event, he knew Florida was where he wanted to stay. He lived and worked along the St. Augustine coastal area, the Tampa area, and the Panhandle; but started doing construction and maintenance jobs for Clark Butler and settled in Gainesville in the 1980s. He continued to do maintenance and construction work throughout the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s in the Gainesville area, and his handiwork is still seen today in many communities throughout Alachua County and surrounding areas. One of his last jobs was as the maintenance manager at The Greens at West End in Jonesville. Even after he “retired” he continued to work for Grady Cabinet Works in Gainesville installing kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Dennis loved the outdoors and enjoyed biking, kayaking, growing plants, and riding motorcycles. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and his older sister Irene and is survived by his sister, Patty, his niece, Brenda, and his girlfriend, Debbie along with some aunts, uncles, many cousins, and other family members. Per instructions from Dennis, we will not have a service. Memorial contributions can be made in Dennis’s honor to an animal rescue of your choice. Anyone that knew Dennis was aware of his enormous love for animals. That was his personal request and would make him very happy. No flowers, please.
Dennis Floyd Benac, formerly of Bell, Florida passed away Thursday morning, March 24, 2022, at The Atrium in Gainesville, Florida following a courageous battle with cancer. Dennis was born January 15, 1952, in Flint, Michigan to Floyd and Joanne... View Obituary & Service Information
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