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T.R. Benning Passed Away: Sad News For Atlanta Thrashers Faithful

A fixture of Philips Arena and Thrashers game since the first one, Mr. T.R. Benning, passed away today at the age of 89. For those of you who the name doesn’t ring a bell, he is the elderly gentleman on the kiss cam who always got huge applause when he and his wife appeared.

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Ben Wright of the Blueland Blog has some details about Mr. Benning’s amazing life. accomplishments. Mr. Benning Was a WWII vet and a veteran of the Battle of Normandy.

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The Bennings were chosen as the winners of the Thrashers’ 7th Man Award last season for their support since literally day one of the franchise.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Benning family and his wife, Maria, during this sad time.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.