Lieutenant Benny Robert Hutchins, the son of Mary Elizabeth and the late James Roland Hutchins Sr., was born on September 7, 1955, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He entered into eternal rest on June 27, 2018.
Benny attended and graduated from University City High School in 1974. During that time, he received multiple trophies and a black belt in martial arts and kickboxing. After high school, Benny joined the U.S. Marines. While enlisted, he served as a military police officer. After serving four years in the military, Benny worked for Nu-Care for 13 years.
In 1984, Benny joined the Philadelphia Fire Department, where he was employed for 34 years until his untimely passing.
Benny loved to play instruments. He played the saxophone, guitar, and drums. He was in a band with some of his neighborhood friends. He was a very kind person and would help anybody he came in contact with. Benny was always the life of the party with his corny jokes, sense of humor, and his free spirit. When Benny visited his many nieces and nephews, he always bore gifts, no matter how much noise they made. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Benny is survived by his mother, Mary E. Hutchins; five brothers, James Jr. (Debbie), Courtney (Teresa), Clarence, George, and Maurice (Toni); four sisters, Greta (Andrew), Betty, Ramona, and Tiana; 30 nieces and nephews; 47 great-nieces and nephews; an aunt, and a host of cousins and friends.
B — Benny boy
E — Enjoyable
N — Nutty
N — Nice
Y — Young at heart