Benedict, Paul COLONIE Paul Benedict of Colonie, went to be with God on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the age of 89 after a long fulfilling life. Due to the wonderful care he received from his family, Community Hospice and a very gifted caregiver, he was able to complete his life in the home he loved where he and his wife raised their family of nine. Paul is predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Florence (Flo), his son, Paul Jr. and his granddaughter Charisse Benedict. One of the last living full-blooded North American Abenaki Indians, he was born and raised in Odanak, Canada, Providence of Quebec. He spoke three languages, English, French, and Abenaki, one of the last fluent speaking Abenaki's. He came to the United States in his teens, where he proudly served in active duty during World War II in the Army with the Heavy Artillery Division, and was one of the initial troops to invade and occupy Japan. During which time he received many medals, because of his love for the Catholic Church he also served as a chaplin while stationed in Japan. Upon returning to the United States he met his loving wife Florence (Grattan) of Albany, where they married, settled, and raised their family. He was a devoted, loyal husband and a hard working father, proud to have been able to provide for such a large family. He was a retired City of Albany firefighter for engine 1 (fondly known as Beaver), where he enjoyed cooking large meals for the station house. He also worked for many years at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Albany as a driver. He was a man of God, a devoted Catholic and a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany. During the last year of his life he found comfort and peace through his cat Sadie and the devotion of his youngest daughter Genny who will miss him dearly. He is survived by eight children, fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Our father has generously decided to donate his remains to Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program so in lieu of a wake and funeral, there will be a gathering in his honor. All are invited to attend and celebrate this wonderful man. Come celebrate with us as we remember and honor this incredible man on July 17, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Shaker Road Fire Department, 550 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville. A special note to Community Hospice, thank you doesn't begin to cover it. You are the people heaven was made for. Willmont (caregiver), there are no words, but if there are thrones of honor in heaven, surely there is one with your name on it! God bless you all! Please make any donations to Community Hospice and Catholic Charities Caregivers Program.
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Published in Albany Times Union on July 8, 2014