Joseph Benoit (Ben)
1923 – 2009
Ben passed away on April 2, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comox.
Born in Baker Lake, New Brunswick on January 19, 1923, Ben moved to Peace River, Alberta at the age of 5 where he was schooled by Catholic nuns and served as an alter boy. He helped out at home by working on farms. He joined the army in 1941 and went overseas as a member of the Army of Occupation. Upon returning home, Ben had a terrible farming accident resulting in him losing his right leg. This did little to slow him down as he then moved to Vancouver Island to work in road construction where he worked as a Cat Skinner. This is where he met the love of his life, Muriel. After being married, they bought a home in Cumberland and have remained in the Valley since then. Ben loved to pass time doing jigsaw puzzles, playing crib, and spending time with family and friends and always with a smile on his face.
Ben was predeceased by: parents Alma and Selim Nadeau, sisters: Cecile, Betty and Laura, his brother Albert and grandson David Williams. He is survived by wife Muriel of 49 years, son Ray (Joy), daughter Judy, brother Roger, and sister Isabelle, grandchildren: Clint (Michelle), Tassie, Christopher, Jason, and great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as extended family.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm at St. George’s United Church. Donations to the Hospice or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Piercy’s – Mt. Washington Funeral Home in care of arrangements.