Charles R. “Chuck” Behenna, Quincy Fire Dept., Ret., age 74

of Quincy

Charles R. “Chuck” Behenna, Quincy Fire Dept., Ret., age 74

Charles R. “Chuck” Behenna, Quincy Fire Department, Retired, age 74, of Quincy, died, peacefully, Sunday, April 11, 2021 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Chuck was born in Boston, to the late Elmer C. and Margaret (Cunningham) Behenna. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1964. He had lived in Quincy for most of his life but also spent time in Palm Springs, Calif.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He attained the rank of Corporal and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with/1 star, Vietnam Campaign w/device, Marksmanship Badge, Rifle Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Chuck was proud to have served as a Quincy firefighter for thirty-three years. He was appointed to the department on May 2, 1970 and retired on September 26, 2003. At the time of his retirement, he was assigned to Engine 6 in Houghs Neck, but spent most of his career with Engine 4 in Wollaston.

Chuck was a member of the William R. Caddy Marine Corps League Detachment #124.

He enjoyed all sports, and continued to swim and play hockey throughout his life.

Beloved husband of Janice L. (Trotman) Allsop-Behenna.

Devoted step-father of Kevin M. Manson and his wife Jesslyn, and Nicole M. Manson, all of Quincy.

Brother of Joan M. Daly and her husband Benedict Daly, M.D. of Wellesley, and Peggy Defren of Manchester, N.H. and her late husband Jack.

He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Dear friend of Bruce Jones, Doug Freeman, and Eddie Dolan.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, April 14, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Thursday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Chuck’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Boston, Development Office, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.


Write a new entry for the Guestbook

Your email address will not be published.

Field(s) marked with an * are obligatory. Your E-mail address will not be published. Your name will be published as written in the Name field. All entries will be reviewed before being displayed.

  • Sorry to read of the loss of Chuck from our 1964 class

  • I am honored to have had Chuck as a close friend since 2006. Whether at work, around town, or on a vacation, Chuck and I had the best of times. I am sorry that those times are now over but the memory of Chuck will continue on. Peace and condolences to all that knew and loved him. Rest in peace, my friend.

  • A true friend and fellow Marine. You’ll be missed. Ooh Rah, Semper Fi, and RIP. brother!

  • RIP Chuck, you worked hard all your life, thank you for your service. It’s time to rest & fly with the Angels

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of such a dear friend. Chuck and I were friends from elementary school and right up through high School and beyond. Chuck was one of the main characters in our gang of health nuts who worked out, played Basket ball at the Lincoln school and hung out at Kinkade park . I have always been very fortunate to be able to call Chuck a friend and those memories we share always have and will bring a warm feeling to my person and a smile to my face. I’ll miss you Chuck.

  • Peggy and Joan and families, so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Chuck was so kind and always fun to be around. We loved Chuck dearly and truly missed seeing him in him over the past year. He is surely in a peaceful place and with your loving parents. Chuck we loved you dearly❤️🙏. RIP. Semper fi Cathy and Joe Paccioretti

  • I met Chuck in 1977 as a Marine Reservist in Weymouth and enjoyed hanging out with him on deployments. He had a zany sense of humor and that was our connection besides the Marine Corp. I lost touch for a while but reconnected as I became a FF and met up with him. I was part of the Military Order Of Devil Dogs and saw Chuck on a regular bases in the mid 2000s till he moved to Palm Springs. He was a Helluva Marine, Husband , Father, Brother, Son and all around good friend. Hell be sorely missed! S/F brother Chuck! 🙏💔🇺🇸🗽

  • I had the privilege of knowing Chuck as a member of the Quincy Bald Eagles hockey group. He was an all around good guy and I missed his presence when he stopped skating with us. I extend my sympathy to his family.
    Dave Carriere

  • I will miss my dear friend incredibly. From all we did in Middletown, Boston, Palm Springs, your zest for life was unmatched. Your dedication to fire,
    police, and the USMC was exemplary. When you came west, a trip to the base in Twentynine Palms MCAGCC was mandatory, out of respect for all currently serving.
    Your obituary was a bit short on your military service. Vietnam you certainly paid your dues, but what came after was your true commitment. Staff NCOs are career Marines, SSGT E-6 . Way to go MARINE!

  • Chuck, you are truly missed. I am thankful and honored to call you family. Throughout your life you found a family within your Marine brotherhood as well as your brothers in the Quincy Fire Department, the camaraderie and respect displayed was highly admirable, they all showed up for you this evening, along with your amazing lifelong friends that couldn’t make it, they made sure they were there in spirit, their presence was felt.
    You have been an honorary member of our family going back to the golf tournament days but I’m glad you also became an official part of our family and you were able experience the value of having a true family of your own. Gone but not forgotten, until we meet again.
    Much love, Nicole

  • Chuck was a great guy. Played in many golf tournaments with my best friend Leo. May they both have a life togerher

  • We knew Chuck through Bald Eagles Hockey and also as a swimmer at the Quincy YMCA. He was always an upstanding, friendly, and admired gentleman who will be greatly missed. RIP Chuck.
    Affectionately, Sybil and Kenny