A few years ago, I went to visit Jack at his home in Maple Grove. What ANOTHER great and wonderful time we had "Walking Down Memory Lane" and reminiscing about all of the great dimes we had together during our frienship that existed for 55 YEARS !!
Among many other things that you'll learn from listening to my Internet Show that I recorded on June 18, 2016, you'll learn that my ONLY REGRET that I will ever regarding Jack is that all of those 'plans' we made to get together for 'another lunch, breakfast or dinner sometime', never were totally fulfilled. Sadly, and I'm ashamed to admit it, the last time we 'went out to eat' together was at the Perkins Restaurant in Maple Grove twenty some years ago.
Sure; we yacked on the phone frequently but that's not anything like a face-toface meeting. Somehow, both of use, even though we've both been retired for quite some time, were always 'too busy' to 'stop for a moment' and do something that would be meaningful to both of us; like meet at the Perkins in Maple Grove or the Hilltop Cafe in Excelsior. We even talked about me flying to Texas to visit him for a few days.
Oh, how I wish, now, that we hadn't been 'so busy' !!I But there's a 'lesson to be learned' here: DON"T 'put off' getting together with a long time friend and/or acquaintance. Pick up the phone NOW and give them a call to arrange 'getting together'. DON'T PUT IT OFF !!
I know I wish I had done that; I'm sure Jack wishes we'd BOTH done that. Sadly, we can't 'go back'; it's too late for us; it's NOT to late for you.
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'TRIBUTE TO RETIRED HENNEPIN COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF SERGEANT JACK BENVER'
Webpage Are ALWAYS Welcome !!
Very sad news, he was one of a kind. Was he with family?
(Making a Website about Jack); I think your idea is a good one and support it.
Thank you for doing all of this Dick! What a gift you are giving, I can't wait to see the outcome! I will also be tuning in on your website.
Dick, nice tribute for Jack. What I knew of "old Red" was much as you. My 'sentence' at Radio was for twenty years, and at least ten were working with Jack.
Jack was a stand up guy, exactly as you said. I have never known a person who could diffuse a stressful situation like Jack. He was calm, and at the end almost always finished with a laugh. He stood up for his guys, and when "correction" was needed he had a great skill in handling it.
We all have great JB stories, but when that immediately comes to mind is my first "non-tutored" break in shift other then those initial day shift days of "familiarization". Training was sitting at the desk in the corner of the Dispatch room and observing what the Deputies were doing.
My very first solo shift was on a Sunday middle shift. It was myself (the newbie) Al Ringateld, and Jack. At first I did not know if these two were serious, gruff Al, Sgt. Jack and the kid.
About two hours into the shift they both left the room, what the H am I supposed to do if something "happens" - I was scared S_ _ _ _ less!
They both returned to the room with guitars, and commenced a Country Western and old time music concert. Not my kind of music, but it immediately set the tone (pun intended) for a less stressful job, which had more then it's share of stress.
Great guy, Jack, and great memories. We emailed occasionally up until the last several months, and I couldn't understand why no responses, but his health may have been compromised. We did talk on the phone not too long ago, and he seemed happy to have found another lady for sharing his life.
Jack's spirit is missed on this planet, his memory remains.
Thanks again Dick for sharing what a great guy Jack was with the WEB.
After reading your tribute and the letter he wrote on your behalf.....he was a decent guy who helped his friends. I loved his sense of humor!
Thank you so much Dick! Jack would have positively LOVED this!! I would absolutely love to have a copy! Address to follow. You are truly a great friend. "Bye-Bye Nice Man" (another of Jack's favorite sayings) !
Thanks so very much for the huge hand you contributed to the memory of our father! We truly appreciate you!
I think all of us getting together would be a wonderful thing. Thanks again for your assistance, Jack would be so proud.
Wow!! Truly a piece of art nice man. I can't believe it, we have the exact same pictures of Jack! What a beautiful memorable gift you have given! You are a true friend and Jack would be exceptionally proud. God bless you Dick. Please extend my thanks to the honorable sheriff for his support regarding this website. I will be looking forward to talking with you.
Hi Dick, I forwarded the email to a few others. Thanks for doing this.
(Website) Looks great Dick.
I was going to contact you regarding your speaking at Jack's funeral. The priest said it could not be done at the church so Melanie and I got permission to have you speak at the burial. We were both disappointed, but we still needed you to say something about Jack. So I hope you're up for it!
He was just a really nice guy who lived across the street from me.
I'm glad you spoke with him recently.
I remember him playing organ at your parents house and then running out of the front door to put mileage on the squad car and make up motorist assists, and of course out on the highway watching him clock cars. Now I wish I had gone for coffee with the two of you.