Remembering Jean McGloughlin 1956-2019
By Jennifer Robins and Brian Benjamin
The Amigos de Bolsa Chica lost a good friend recently. Jane McCloughlin Benjamin passed away April 4, 2019 after a long struggle with cancer. Jean, as we Amigos knew her, was an Amigos member, board member, docent, enthusiastic volunteer and a good friend. In the 1990s, she served as Secretary for Amigos de Bolsa Chica while also participating in activities for advertising, fundraising, sales, legislative actions and public relations. Jean was a private person but certainly not a wallflower. She worked tirelessly on the Amigos Bashes (fundraiser parties) whether at a local hotel or at a Casino Night in the old Huntington Beach Mall on Edinger. She volunteered with Amigos when we sponsored the successful Annual 5K & 10K Run/Walk, “Running for the Birds” at the Bolsa Chica State Beach.
Jean was born on July 5, 1956 in Belfast, Ireland, and immigrated to the United States in 1979. A few years after that she took the oath and became an American citizen. She first worked as a chair side dental assistant and later a surgical assistant for an oral surgeon. She managed a number of dental offices in Northern Ireland and Orange County, California. She left clinical dentistry and entered the dental insurance industry with Delta Dental in Cerritos. It was there in 1997 that Jean met Brian Benjamin who would become her husband in 2006. Upon moving to Hawaii, Jane served as Operations Manager with Hawaii Family Dental in Kailua Kona right up until March 11, 2019.
Gifts may be made in Jean’s name to “Adult Literacy” in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Jean volunteered there and was blessed by teaching a senior from Kona how to read for the first time. This woman was later able to read bedtime stories to her grandchildren before passing away herself a few months before Jean.