James Armen Benham

James Benham died peacefully June 1 with his family by his side. He was 93.

Born March 14, 1917, in New York City, he was the son of a well-respected tailor, Earl Benham and his wife, Christine. Earl Benham & co. catered to the haberdashery needs of the movie stars and socialites of the time.

Mr. Benham attended Riverdale Country School in New York. Upon graduation, he attended Princeton University, where he graduated in 1939. At the time of his death, Mr. Benham was the president of his Princeton graduating class.

Mr. Benham joined the navy shortly after graduating. He served as an ensign aboard The USS Farragut when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He received The Bronze Star for his heroic act of guiding the frigate out of the harbor to safety that day. He served in the Navy until the end of the war, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander.

After the war, Mr. Benham entered the advertising business, working at Young & Rubicam until 1957, when he left to join Ted Bates & Co. He held the title of senior vice president and director until his retirement in 1981. His work included advertising campaigns for Colgate, The U.S Peace Corps and The U.S Armed Services.

Mr. Benham was quite active in the years following his retirement in many philanthropic endeavors such as Executive Service Corp., Easter Seals Rehabilitation in Stamford and the American Junior Golf Association.

Mr. Benham was an avid golfer who traveled all over the world to pursue his passion for the links. A long-time member of The Wee Burn Country Club, he was recently honored with a golf tournament in his name. The first annual Benham Cup was played this past May.

He was predeceased by his first wife June. Survivors include his wife Kay Fabbri-Benham; daughters Judi Benham of Darien and Maher Benham of New York City; grandchildren Angelo Tuccinardi and his wife Dawn, Tina Tuccinardi of Darien, and Freddie Tuccinardi of Darien, Gina Nichols and her husband Tony Zangrillo, also of Darien; six great-grandchildren, Josh, Jack and Spencer Nichols, and Gabriella, Angelo and Nicholas Tuccinardi; his stepchildren, Germana Fabbri-Day of Kentfield, Calif., and her four daughters, and Peter Fabbri of West Hartford, and his two daughters.

A private military service will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien. A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien at 2:30 p.m on Friday, June 11.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vitas Hospice Care 777 Commerce Drive Suite 220 Fairfield, or The Wee Burn Country Club Caddy Scholarship Fund, 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road Darien, CT 06820.

The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Leslie

Nancy Leslie, wife of Charles Leslie of Darien, died Saturday, June 5, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 20, 1938, she was the daughter of Jane and Joseph C. Ryan, and raised in Manhasset, N.Y.

Mrs. Leslie was a dedicated mother and grandmother, and an avid tennis player. She loved digging in her garden, and was a very talented needle point fanatic.

Mrs. Leslie enjoyed living a "multi-coastal" lifestyle. She raised her family in Marin County, Calif., and Darien, where she has settled for the past 28 years. For the last 17 years, Mrs. Leslie was also a part-time resident of Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Mrs. Leslie dedicated her life to her three children, her grandchildren and to the children of others. She worked as a teacher at the United Methodist Family Center Preschool for several years, teaching hundreds of Darien preschoolers.

Mrs. Leslie raised three children, C.J. Leslie of Santa Cruz, Calif., Jeff Leslie of Greenbrae, Calif., and Lauren Leslie who died at age 17.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Charles Leslie; her brothers Casey Ryan and John G. Ryan; her sons, CJ and Jeff; and her three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at St. Thomas More Church in Darien. A private family interment was held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stamford Health Foundation/Lauren Fund, 1351 Washington Blvd Stamford, CT 06902.

The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Anne R. Nash Rhodes

Anne R. Nash Rhodes, long-time Darien resident, died Wednesday, April 28. She moved to The Manor at Grace Gardens, Leawood, Kan., 15 months ago after her husband of 29 years, Arthur Rhodes, died.

Born December 13, 1921, in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of George and Lucy Riggs of Port Washington, Long Island, N.Y., where she grew up with her sister, Barbara.

She attended Teacher's College in New York City.

She and her first husband, Benjamin C. Nash, of South Norwalk, lived together in Darien for 35 years. After Mr. Nash's death in 1978, she married Arthur W. Rhodes of Darien.

Mrs. Nash's interests included art, travel, the Women's Board of the Norwalk Hospital and its Treasure House thrift shop. She was an avid supporter of the American Indian Children's charities. She also served as a deacon of the Darien Congregational Church.

Survivors include her three children, Douglas Nash of Port Townsend, Wash., Georgia Nash of Darien, and Daniel Nash of Stilwell, Kan.; five grandchildren; stepdaughters and stepsons Mary Grunwald of Berlin, Germany, Lillian Rhodes of Hebron, Conn., Dr. Charles Rhodes of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ross Rhodes of Canton, Ohio; seven step-grandchildren and five step-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Spring Grove Cemetery, 41 Hecker Ave., Darien, on June 19, at 11 a.m.

The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.