Roll of Honor

Sean M. Benson Sr.

Séan M. Benson Sr.

  • Firefighter
  • Paramus Fire Department
  • New Jersey
  • Age: 50
  • Year of Death: 2015

Séan Michael Benson Sr. was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He passed away suddenly after responding to his final call on September 23, 2015. He leaves an indelible mark on everyone who knew him and will forever continue to be deeply missed. A lifelong resident of Paramus, New Jersey, Séan loved his family, friends, and community. He was always looking to help others and find ways to make Paramus the best it could be.

From the age of 18, he was an active member of Paramus Spring Valley Fire Company #2 , where he remained for over 30 years. During that time, he proudly served a four-year tenure as chief. He began his career at the Paramus Police Department as a dispatcher before diligently working his way to communications coordinator for the Borough of Paramus. He also volunteered as a communications officer for the Office of Emergency Management in Paramus. He thrived on assisting in emergency situations and most importantly loved to assist in being sure his community and the people in it were always safe.

Even with all Séan did in town, his true legacy is always putting family first. He made sure his children knew they were always #1. Words were not necessary in educating his children on the importance of volunteering for the community, because his compassion for others spoke for itself. Each one of them follows in their father’s footsteps in volunteering and assisting people in need within the community.

Séan was someone who was always there to bring a smile to the people around him. He loved family gatherings and bringing people together and was always more than ready to plan the next party to enjoy with family and friends. Camping, music festivals, watching movies, and relaxing at the beach were among his favorite hobbies. He was also an avid fan of extreme weather, always watching the radar on the lookout for the next big storm. Known for his calm demeanor and extraordinarily meticulous worth ethic, Séan put his all into every project. He is, of course, fondly remembered for his hilariously conveyed catchphrase of “This sucks.” whenever anything wasn’t going as planned.

Séan was the cherished husband of 26 years to Corinne; a loving father to Séan Jr., Erin, and Cory; and a treasured son to his parents, Eileen and the late Robert Benson. He was also the proud brother of his three sisters, Kathy Tass and husband John, Maureen DiPaolo and husband Joe, and the late Colleen Benson. He also has many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Séan is missed dearly every day and will forever be in our hearts.