Raymond A. Benson, a picture framer and former art gallery owner, died Dec. 29 of complications from an ulcer at St. Joseph Medical Center.
He was 65.
The son of an engineer and a homemaker, Raymond Alan Benson was born in Philadelphia and spent his early years in Drexel Hill, Pa., before moving to Norwood, Pa., where he graduated in 1963 from Interboro High School.
After high school, he moved in 1964 with his family to Timonium.
Mr. Benson was a 1969 graduate of what is now Towson University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in art.
In 1970, he married his college sweetheart, the former Sinikka Paavola.
During his lifetime, Mr. Benson had worked as an artist, carpenter, chef and manager of Towson Artists Supply before becoming a gallery owner and framer.
"He was a Renaissance man and a talented artist," said a daughter, Keira Benson McGuire, who is a producer and host at WITF-TV in Harrisburg, Pa.
Mr. Benson opened his first gallery in 1979 in a section of Foster Brothers Hardware on York Road in Hereford.
He later moved to a Hereford pharmacy and then expanded to a building next door.
Mr. Benson relocated the business to Monkton, and in the mid-1980s opened the Quail Valley Gallery on York Road in Sparks, which he owned until the mid-1990s.
He later established Strays Gallery in Timonium and subsequently had galleries in Monkton and the Penthouse in Towson, and was associated with Wild Wings Gallery in Kenilworth Mall.
"He would often hold openings for Maryland artists where the public could come in and meet the person behind the painting," said Ms. McGuire.
For the past decade, Mr. Benson had owned and operated a framing and art-restoration business in his home in White Hall, Harford County, which overlooked Deer Creek.
"He loved his life by the stream and sailing on the Chesapeake," said Ms. McGuire.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Liriodendron, 502 W. Gordon St., in Bel Air.
In addition to his wife of 41 years, who is retired from Hereford Middle School where she had been an art teacher, and his daughter, Mr. Benson is survived by another daughter, Seija Krasowski of Stewartstown, Pa.; his mother, Marian Benson of Stewartstown, Pa.; a brother, Jim Benson of Felton, Pa.; and three grandchildren.