Bruce E. Benishake

September 16, 1949 ~ March 28, 2018 (age 68)

Bruce E. Benishake of Ellenville, NY, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Orange Regional Medical Center surrounded by his beloved family. He was 68 years old. Bruce was born on September 16, 1949 in Albany, NY; he was the son of the late Alex and Evelyn (Hedinger) Benishake.


Bruce worked for many years as a pharmacist for both Matthews Pharmacy and the NYS Dept. of Corrections. In his spare time he enjoyed building model airplanes, shopping, reading, history, watching movies, listening to music, and telling jokes.  He was an avid fan of the NY Giants and enjoyed attending games with his children.  Christmas was his favorite holiday because he embraced the opportunity to be thoughtful and selflessly give to others; without expecting anything in return. Bruce was a genuinely kind and caring man, whose world centered around his children.


Survivors include his daughter, Brynn Benishake and fiancé Michael Kannan of Boston, MA; his son, Ryan Benishake and his girlfriend Casie Chegwidden of Jersey City, NJ; his sisters, Donna (and her husband Douglas) MacKinlay of Tucson, AZ and Denise McAllister of Troy, NY as well as many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.


Memorial visitation will be held on Monday, April 2nd from 3-7pm with a celebration of his life immediately following at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St., Ellenville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bruce’s name to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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