Roger grew up in Natick and was a graduate of Natick High School. He graduated from Northeastern University with a BS degree in Biology/Chemistry and obtained a F.A.A. Airframe and Power Plant License from East Coast Aero Technical School. He became an accomplished woodworker and photographer, and enjoyed many outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, cycling and kayaking, ice skating, and hockey
He worked as a Package Design Engineer for most of his life. He was most recently employed by Hittite Microwave Corporation as a project engineer. He was Vice President of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society Foundation. Early in his career he worked for Digital Equipment Corporation and Raytheon Company. More recently, he was employed by International Rectifier, Skyworks Solutions, and Conexant Systems. Roger, his wife, Kathy and their two daughters made Groton their home since 2002. Before that, the family lived in Upton, Massachusetts; Phoenix, Arizona, and Simi Valley, California.
Roger is survived by his wife, Kathy Parliment Benson; daughters Rachel and Marisa Benson; his mother, Fredanna Benson of Sudbury, Massachusetts; brother Joseph Benson and his wife, Anita DeFelice of Framingham, Massachusetts; and a nephew, Robert DeFelice-Benson.
A memorial service will take place at the First Parish Church of Groton on Powderhouse Road, Groton, Massachusetts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Trustees of Reservations and the First Parish Church of Groton. Arrangements are by Badger Funeral Homes, Groton.