In Memoriam: Robert Bentley, Industry Veteran

Robert Bentley. 
Robert Bentley.

Native Englishman and car rental industry veteran Robert Bentley died peacefully at his home in Aiken, S.C., March 27. He was 74-years-old.

Born in 1944 in Stroke-on-Trent, England, Bentley moved to the U.S. in the mid ‘70s to pursue further business opportunities in the car rental industry. Bentley owned and operated an Ace Rent A Car in Austin, Texas, for many years.

“Robert was a wonderful ACE affiliate with a strong English accent, a great sense of humor and a real entrepreneur,” says Dick Radzis of Ace Rent A Car.

During his career, Bentley also operated as a Thrifty Car Rental licensee in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and as an Ace affiliate in Jacksonville and Augusta, Ga., in addition to his Austin location.

“Robert was very hard-working and as an operator, his gentle demeanor and level-headed positive outlook made him a joy to work with,” says Toni Lee Sabatino of Courtney Leasing. “He will be greatly missed by all of us at Courtney Leasing, Inc. Robert’s memory will forever be with us.”

When he wasn’t running several operations, Bentley cheered on Stoke FC, his hometown’s football club. He also enjoyed his beloved Yorkshire terrier, Rusty.

Bentley is survived by his wife, Brenda, children, Shea and her husband Zach of Austin, Siobhan and Lydia of Ireland, and four grandchildren.

Remembrance donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.


  1. Andi Hallett [ April 9, 2018 @ 10:57AM ]

    I had the privilege of working with Robert at ACE Rent a Car for 15 years. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Till we meet again, Robert.

  2. Shea [ April 11, 2018 @ 12:26PM ]

    We love you and miss you, Rob! <3

  3. Helder dias [ April 11, 2018 @ 03:25PM ]

    Thank you for the memories! I'm going to miss the Saturday morning conversations we used to have when you would always be driving somewhere. Talk to you later...

  4. Roger LaTour [ April 11, 2018 @ 04:57PM ]

    Always smiling and positive. Robert was truly one of the good guys.

  5. Zach Hause [ April 11, 2018 @ 07:56PM ]

    You taught me so many things about work and life Robert, I'm gonna miss you so much a seat in the canoe up there for me

  6. Marina Komar [ April 12, 2018 @ 08:07AM ]

    Will miss Robert's cheerful phone calls at Marple Fleet Leasing. Prayers to his family, cherish the happy memories!

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