Nick Benatar Family
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Benatar was born to Joseph and Victoria Benatar in Beira Portuguese East
Africa on September. 8th 1924.
He was one of four children: an older sister Becky Berro and two
younger sisters, Fourtunee Menashe and Rita Brooks. The family
moved to the Belgian Congo for a few years then to Que Que in Rhodesia.
Nick did his schooling at Chaplin School in Gwelo. He excelled in
sports, especially cricket. When he left school Nick went to live in
Salisbury where he worked for Radio Limited until he opened his own
business Radio City in 1957.
older sister, Becky, died in 1997 in Phoenix, Arizona.
His other sisters, Fortunee Menashe and Rita Brooks, now live in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
met Pat Gillis while on holiday in Europe in 1955. Pat, born on November
27th 1932, was the only child of Philip and Sadie Gillis of
London England. The Sephardic Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth,
Rabbi Dr Solomon Goan, married them the following year on August.26th.1956
in London at the Spanish and Portugese Synagogue. They had two children:
Joel Gregory, born June.25th 1957, and Victoria Rachelle, born
April 28th 1960.
and Pat where divorced in June 1967. Pat moved to Johannesburg, South
Africa at the end of 1968 with their children where they lived until they
all immigrated to America in the 1980s.In the 1970ís Nick became an
entrepreneur owning a French Restaurant in Salisbury, Hotel in
Inyanga and in Kariba, Disco and cinema in Salisbury and an interest in
the casino at Victoria Falls. In 1974 Nick married
Yvonne Foster, born September 27th 1949. Yvonne came from Port
Elizabeth, South Africa. They had a daughter, Tanya Louise, born October
left Salisbury in 1980 to live in Phoenix, Arizona. He opened electronic
stores and a fan and lighting store. His son Joel moved to Phoenix in
1982. Joel moved to California in 1986 where he opened a leather furniture
store in Irvine. In March 1991 he married Michelle Rosenblatt, daughter of
Harry and Zandra Rosenblatt who were originally from Johannesburg. They
moved to San Diego.California where Joel went into the automotive spare
parts business. They have two children: a son Sean Nissim, born May9th
and a daughter Nicole Shira, born May.18th.1995.
daughter Vicky lived in Phoenix until she moved to San Diego in 2000. His
daughter Tanya lives in Phoenix and was married in March 2004 to Aaron
Gagnon. Nickís second wife Yvonne lives in Phoenix and as does his first
died on September.22nd.1991 at the age of 67 with all his
family around him. He did live to see his son get married.
information about a wonderful book written by Isaac Benatar called Song of Africa
go to http://hometown.aol.com/authorbks3/
contact e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached photos of Nickís family. Pat Benatar compiled this short
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|At his son Joel's wedding March 10th 1991 with his 1st
|With his eldest daughter Vicky in June 1978.
|Nick with his 2nd wife Yvonne and their daughter Tanya taken September 1991
a few weeks before he died.
Joel my daughter Victoria 
Sean ,Grandaughter Nikki my daughter-in-law Michelle and
2004 in San Diego with cousins Herbie and Lydia Benatar [Charhon]
and Ray Hertz[Almeleh] and her daughter Ilana Shupper and Troy
taken August 26th 1956 in London - they all came from Salisbury for
wedding of Nick to Pat. Picture shows L-R Bobby Benatar, Issy
Kaplan, Raffie Schwartz, Victor Sanua, Pat and Nick and in the
background are Esther and Mateo Charhon
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|Nick and Pat when they met in
Cannes, South France August 1955.
||Scottsdale, Arizona April 1985 from left to right, Jerry
Kander [Pat's companion of many years he died in 1997 and is the late Father of Joan Struck who lives in Israel,
then Vicky, Pat and NIcks daughter, Sandra Gordon [Pats life long friend], then Pat then Nick and Yvonne and in front Tanya [Nick and Yvonnes daughter] and kneeling
Joel, [Pat and Nicks son.]