Dr. Benincasa was born in Queens to Frederick Benincasa, a history professor at St. John’s University, and Frances (nee Guardino) Benincasa. The family soon moved to Huntington, Long Island, where he spent the remainder of his childhood. Dr. Benincasa attended Walt Whitman High School, where he fell in love with soccer, baseball and a young woman named Lisa Jannuzzi, who would become his wife.
Dr. Benincasa graduated from St. John’s University, where he majored in chemistry, and enrolled at Georgetown University’s School of Dentistry. Dr. Benincasa and his new wife spent the next four years in Washington while he finished his studies.
The young couple moved to Waterbury, Conn. where Dr. Benincasa undertook his dental residency at Waterbury Hospital. In August of 1980 they had their first child, Carl Jr.
The family then moved to Sag Harbor where Lisa had spent summers. There Dr. Benincasa purchased the dental practice to which he devoted his entire professional life. In 1982 daughter Catherine was born. Five years later, youngest daughter Elizabeth followed. Over the next 25 years, the Benincasas lived, worked and raised their family in Sag Harbor.
Dr. Benincasa was well known for his love of the community and charitable nature. He volunteered with the Sag Harbor Lions Club, serving as president for several years. He was on the Dental Staff of Southampton Hospital providing emergency care. He educated Sag Harbor’s school children on the importance of dental hygiene and donated dental supplies to needy children across the world.
In his free time, he rooted for his favorite teams, the Mets and the Jets, and played golf at Noyac Golf Club, where he had been a member since 1983.
Dr. Benincasa is survived by his wife, Lisa; his three children, Carl, Catherine (John) Dowling, and Elizabeth; his mother, Frances; his sister, Carol; and brother, Frederick.
To family and friends “he was the presence that makes ordinary life seem spectacular. He will be missed by many.”
Donations may be sent to the American Hypertensive Society or St. Andrew’s Church.