Scott Benjamin is described by friends as a “symbol of what Buffalo is all about” and a “shining example” of the power of community.
The 63-year-old Buffalonian tragically lost his life after a short battle with Covid-19. Seamus Gallivan, the co-founder of Slow Roll Buffalo, remembers Scott as a beam of light and joy within the community bike ride organization.
“If you’ve ever participated in Slow Roll, you’ve probably shared at least a smile and song with Scott – he was one of those leading lights, who rarely missed a Monday night ride, bringing a low-key kindness and a lotta friends in the process,” Seamus exclaims.
Scott had a passion for bike riding and joined Slow Roll five years ago. Not only did he bring a fun vibe, he also exuded compassion for those he personally knew, as well as total strangers. Seamus recounts a memory with Scott that will forever remain ingrained in his heart.
“When my mom first started coming to Slow Roll, she would come by herself. One day, early on, she recognized Scott, and they rekindled an old friendship as he invited her to ride with his group. From that point, he’d say, ‘That’s our mom’ and kept her close to him. That kind of kindness seemed to come easy to him.”
Scott's daughters spoke to their dad's legacy, as well.
"My dad meant the world to me," says Nicole Benjamin. "He was always there when I needed him to be - day or night - my hero was there!"
His other daughter, Myesha Benjamin, says, "I could go to him about anything - we shared secrets, laughs and cries."
Funds from the 26 Shirt created in Scott's memory will help in a meaningful way, and one that will help keep his legacy rolling on.
“Hopefully the proceeds from this shirt will exceed funeral costs, and with that we'll start a bike scholarship in his honor," explains Seamus.
As for the Slow Rollers of Buffalo, they plan to carry their friend with them on future rides through the 716. “This is how we roll in Buffalo," Seamus adds.
Scott Benjamin's shirt launched 1/4/20 and closes out 1/17/20.
This story is written by Kate Glaser and provided in partnership with Hope Rises: www.hoperisesnews.com.