Albert J. Benharris

DATELINE: Cranston

Benharris, Albert J., 92, died Sunday, July 19, 2015 at RI Veteran’s Home, Bristol. He was the beloved husband of Judith (Salk) Benharris and the late Rhoda (Stein) Benharris. Born in Brooklyn, NY, a son of the late Moses and Rose (Braverman) Benharris, he had lived in Cranston since 1964, recently moving to Bristol.  He was a registered representative for McDowell Diamond Investments, Vice President for E.R. Davenport, partner for Wolfson Zalkind of Fall River and most recently, a representative with Barrett Co. of which he was formerly a limited partner.  Albert was a WW-II Navy veteran, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres.  He was a member of the Masons Redwood Lodge and Roosevelt Lodge.  He was treasurer and Vice President of Henry Friedman Lodge of B’Nai Brith.  He was a member of Chabad of West Bay. He was a former member of Temple Ohawe Sholam, Temple Torat Yisrael and Temple Sinai.  He wrote the bowling column for the RI Jewish Bowling Congress.  Albert loved cooking, sports, statistics, musical live shows and Disneyworld.  Devoted father of Neil Benharris of North Attleboro, MA and Steven Benharris of Hermosa Beach, CA.  Dear brother of Jeanne DiLella of Jersey City, NJ and the late Justin Benharris.  Loving grandfather of Ryan, Andrew, Melissa and Dylan.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Sinai Memorial Park, 100 Harrison Ave., Warwick.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Fdn. of RI, 20 Hemingway Dr., East Providence, RI 02915 and Chabad of West Bay, 3871 Post Rd., Warwick, RI 02886.  Shiva will be private.


  1. Ellen Gourse
    Jul 20, 2015

    To the Benharris Family,

    I want to extend my sympathy on the passing of Al. I met him when my father Phil Woled married Ida. Al was a very nice man and continued to contact my father after Ida died.

  2. Rich Laurendeau
    Jul 20, 2015


    I am sorry so to hear of the loss of your father. Our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.


    Rich Laurendeau

    • neil benharris
      Jul 26, 2015

      Thank You Rich.


  3. Barbara Griffing
    Jul 20, 2015

    Dear Neil,
    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s death, you, Ryan, Andrew and Melissa are in my prayers during this difficult times.

    Barbara Griffing
    (Judy’s friend)

  4. Dorothy Drapeau
    Jul 20, 2015

    Jim and I send our sincere sympathy to the Benharris family on the passing of Al. We met Al years ago when he was with McDowell Diamond Investment Company and enjoyed many evenings with both he and Rhoda. May your memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.
    Dorothy Drapeau, Seekonk MA

  5. Lloyd Malin
    Jul 20, 2015

    Neil and Steven,
    Allow me to extend my sympathies to you both on the loss of your father. I have such fond childhood memories of him as he always made me feel like family whenever we were together and I will miss him as well.
    Lloyd Malin

    • neil benharris
      Jul 26, 2015

      Thank You Lloyd

  6. Irving and Sheila Troob
    Jul 20, 2015

    We are visiting in RI and were going to visit Al Monday afternoon, when we read the news of his passing. Irving and Al had been friends for their whole lives, more than 80 years, and we will have wonderful memories. Best wishes to the family.

    • neil benharris
      Jul 26, 2015

      Thank You Mr and Mrs Troob for your friendship to my father and for coming to the funeral.

  7. John Bernstein
    Jul 21, 2015

    A sad passing of Mr. Benharris who was so much part of my youth playing basketball with Steve on Hollins Drive in the driveway and much more. Mr. Benharris making us Pizza after the games and we had great conversations on PC basketball and many things. Most important he was a good friend to me and all his son’s friends. A kind and good man filled with loyalty and love. My condolences to the family, he will be greatly missed but never forgotten. John Bernstein La Grange Park , Illinois

  8. Joyce and Sanford Miller
    Jul 22, 2015

    To Judith and family.
    Saddened to read of your loss.. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you all.

  9. Mark Roseman
    Nov 6, 2016

    Neil, this is late, but i am so sad to learn of your father’s passing while searching online for you.
    Al was a lovely, serious man who always adequate me feel older than my years. He truly cared about and respected Neil’s friends. He was always kind and thoughtful. He spoke with you as an adult. He was always present. This is why Neil had grown early on into a responsible son, and generous friend.

    Al’s legacy are the successes of his children, Neil and Steven, and his grandchildren who loved him.

    Yaasher koach on a job well done, Al. A great father.

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