In Memoriam: Ben Randazzo — We Will Miss You

This week, the Bronx community was saddened to learn of the passing of community fixture Ben Randazzo. Ben was chief of staff to Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto. Ben was 74 and had lived on the same waterfront lot in Tierney Place in Locust Point, the Bronx, for his entire life.

In a statement, State Senator Jeff Klein wrote,

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Ben Randazzo, to Assemblyman Mike Benedetto and his staff, and the entire Bronx community at this difficult time. Ben was a fine man who dedicated his life to public service. Through the years, I had the pleasure of working hand-in-hand with Ben on a number of issues and was constantly impressed by his breadth of knowledge and commitment to helping people from all walks of life. Ben left an indelible mark on The Bronx community and his grand presence will be sorely missed.”

The wake for Ben Randazzo will be at the Schuyler Hill Funeral Home located at 3535 E. Tremont Avenue on Wednesday, November 4th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Thursday, November 5th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

On Friday, November 6, the Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis de Chantel Roman Catholic Church, located at 190 Hollywood Avenue at 10:45 AM.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ben described in an interviewed with the NY Daily News how Sandy had ravaged his community. “I never had this much damage before,” he said. “This wasn’t fun. Thank god nobody was hurt.” That was Ben. On the scene and worried about other people.

Bronx Chronicle publisher Sal Conforto was saddened by the news of Ben’s passing. He called Ben a big part of the local community. Sal urges everyone to “please keep Ben and the Randazzo family in your thoughts and prayers.”

On Facebook there was an outpouring of sadness at the passing of Ben Randazzo.

Political activist Sylvia Lask wrote, “Rest in Peace Ben Randazzo…you will be sorely missed by so many.”

Bill Toth: “My condolences to the Randazzo family. May he rest in peace.”

John Doyle: “So sad, he was a gentlemen in every sense of the word.”

Dale Ford: “The community has lost a truly wonderful man. Our hearts are broken by this news. We ask God to hold Ben’s family close.”

Phyllis Limongelli Kandell: “There are no words to say when you lose a man like Ben. He was truly a man the cared for his community. But more then that he was a kind and loving man. My heart go out to his wife Marie and his son Frankie. RIP Ben knowing you were love by so many people and will be truly miss.”

Sherrill Kratenstein Cropper: “Our community has lost a wonderful man and strong supporter. We send our prayers and comfort to his family.”

Egidio Sementilli: “Very nice man. RIP”

Judy Lanci: “My heartfelt sympathy to the Randazzo family. Ben was a huge help to this community he will be missed.”



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