Chesley Benson
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Obituary of Chesley Benson

Passed away with courage and dignity at the Palliative Care unit, Carmelite House, Grand Falls-Windsor on February 9, 2018, Chesley Albert Benson of Bishop's Falls. Predeceased by his wife June Benson (nee Stuckless); parents Sarah and Nehemiah Benson; Sister Francis Leppla. Left with many fond and loving memories are his daughter Glenna (Wayne); sons, Daryl (Jenn) and Chad; and his much loved grandchildren Talor, Alyssa, Jared and great grandson Levi; sisters Marion Holmen, Gladys Hayley, Phyllis Sweezey, Doris (Jonas) Weinrauch, Margaret (Melvyn) Gold; Brothers Fred, Harry (Joan),and Roger (Barbara). Also saddened by his passing is his very dear long time friend and companion, Mary Furey and his large extended family

Throughout his lifetime, Ches was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, loving the peace and tranquility of time in the woods and fishing on the Exploits River. His annual week long moose hunting trips to the Bay d’Espoir area were a special bonding time with brothers and friends.  He relived these trips frequently, even in his final days.

Ches spent his entire career working with Abitibi Bowater company, starting out as a papermaker and ending his career as Assistant Superintendent.  He loved his work, demonstrating  keen intellect, ingenuity, and problem solving abilities earning him the label  “practical engineer” by his colleagues. For many years, he served as a Volunteer fire fighter with the Bishop’s Falls Fire Department where he remained an Honorary Member. 

The funeral will take place on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m at the United Church, Bishop's Falls. Interment to follow at the United Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Daryl Benson, Roger Benson, David Benson, Jared Benson, Eddie Benson, and Paul Furey. Honorary Pallbearers are Harry Benson, Gerald Dyke, and Lorne Slaney.

At this time the family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Carmelite House in Grand Falls-Windsor, who provided Ches with such warmth and compassion during his very short stay there. All members of the Central Health Palliative Care team also played an essential role in supporting his goal to remain at home for as long as possible.  Words cannot fully express how much the care provided made a world of difference to him and his family.

Flowers will be gratefully accepted, or a donation to the Dr. Lionel Kelland Hospice in his name will be appreciated.


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