Just got the news this afternoon that our brother Bobby "Zephyr Man" DiBenedetto died this morning of a heart attack.
I don't have any of the info on the visitation, funeral, or any of the details, but I know that many of us have been blessed to have known him, and I wanted to make sure that his disc golf family was informed.
I can not go to Greenwood Park in Baker LA without thinking about how he cared so deeply for that park and the course that we had/have.
Well said, Will. He was a special person. He cared about everyone other than himself more than just about anyone I've ever known. I sure did love and will miss him. I know a lot of people feel the same.
2007-2008 SN Amateur Player of the Year
SN advanced single season points record holder - 466 (2007-2008)
SN advanced single season wins record holder - 16 (2007-2008)
SN advanced single season score record holder - 53.40 (2007-2008)
Here is Bobby's obituary. For those of you who can't make it to the services, you can go online and sign his guest book if you would like to.
A resident of Baker, he passed away suddenly in Zachary on Monday, November 5, 2012. He was 55, a native of Baton Rouge, and a former pipefitter with Harmony Construction. His life will be celebrated at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 2pm until memorial service at 4pm, conducted by Rev. Daniel Parker. Survived by wife, Tracy Wilkinson DiBenedetto; father and step-mother, Leon Charles and Alfie DiBenedetto; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kayla DiBenedetto and Timothy Kimmel, and Kelsi DiBenedetto; son and daughter-in-law, Casey Adam and Ashley Griffith DiBenedetto; sister, Janet Nettles; two brothers and a sister-in-law, James Charles and Stephanie DiBenedetto, and Alan DiBenedetto; three grandchildren, Kaitlyn Addison, Grayden Fisher, and Alyssa Griffith; numerous nieces and nephews and close friends; Mike Ringe, Nathan Hebert, and all of the boys that he loved and treated as his own sons. Preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Whitworth DiBenedetto, and a nephew, Justin DiBenedetto. Bobby loved the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, gardening, LSU baseball, and The Camp. He loved discgolf, and was known as "The Zephyr Man." In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Bob's memory. Please sign the online guestbook at [www.bakerfuneralhomeonline.com].
RIP Bobby you were always good to my children on the course. You will be missed by all. Jim!
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After being away from disc golf for about 5 years, I started playing again with my son this summer. We both enjoy it so much, we can't figure out why we ever stopped playing. Anyway, I started looking at the tournament schedule for the coming months and saw the "Zephyrman Memorial" scheduled for early December. Knowing what the "memorial" part of the name almost certainly meant, I searched the site and found this thread.
Bobby was a different sort of cat, but he had a good heart, and truly loved disc golf and Greenwood. Everyone who played there thought of him as a friend. I know he spent many countless hours tending to and improving the course. It seemed to me to be a labor of love.
Sorry for dragging up an old thread, but I wanted to chime in my thoughts on Bobby. RIP. You are missed.
I am happy to say that the first tournament I'll play in after my extended absence will be the one named in his honor.