Benjamin was the son of David and Francine Wheeler, who left New York City for Sandy Hook when Francine was still pregnant with Benjamin. The family attends Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, according to a bulletin posted on the church’s website. In addition to his parents, Benjamin leaves behind an older brother Nate.
NEWTOWN — It was Benjamin Wheeler’s birth that led his family to Sandy Hook.
Wheeler’s parents, David and Francine Wheeler, began thinking about leaving their former home in New York City when Francine was pregnant with Benjamin, according to published reports.
The move didn’t happen immediately, but the family moved to Sandy Hook in April of last year, according to a profile of David Wheeler on the website of the Flagpole Radio Cafe theater, where Wheeler began performing once the family moved here.
David Wheeler spent over 20 years in film and television acting while living in New York City, according to the profile.
Benjamin’s mother, Francine, is a music teacher and performer who released a CD of children’s music in 2004, according to a profile of her published in the Newtown Bee.
“Music can happen anywhere,” Francine Wheeler told The Bee. “We knew we wanted a piece of lawn, somewhere quiet, somewhere with good schools. We have friends in Newtown we’ve been visiting for a few years, and liked the town, so with the help of a really patient real estate agent we finally found a place.”
Writing on HighlightHollywood.com, a self-described family friend, Roger Hitts, recalled Francine’s baby shower for Benjamin that was held at a local park in Queens. He too recalled that the family moved to Sandy Hook with their children in mind.
The family attends Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, according to a bulletin posted on the church’s website. The Church’s pastor has been providing spiritual care to the family.
In addition to his parents, Benjamin leaves behind an older brother Nate.