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Adelbert "Joe" Benson Jr.

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STAMFORD -- Adelbert Adney “Joe” Benson Jr., 74, of Main Road, Stamford, died Saturday morning, Sept. 8, 2007, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, where he had been admitted earlier in the week.

He was born in Readsboro on Aug. 30, 1933, a son of the late Adelbert Adney Benson Sr. and Mary Agnes (Bosley) Benson. He attended schools in Readsboro and North Adams, Mass., including the Houghton School and Drury High School.

Mr. Benson was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Navy on the USS Worcester from October 1952 until his honorable discharge on June 30, 1954. He received the National Defense Service Medal.

Mr. Benson was first employed by the former Shapiro Chevrolet in North Adams. He also worked with Emerson Construction, Brightwater Paper, and the Bear Swamp Project. He was last employed by Patten Corporation until his retirement in 1998. Following his retirement, he worked at Berkshire Landings in the summer. During the winter months, he traveled with his wife Doris in their fifth wheel camper.

He was a member of the Stamford Community Church. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing traveling, and camping with his family. He was a member of numerous clubs. He was an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scout Troop in the Town of Florida and Stamford. He was a past master of the Unity Lodge of Masons 89 in Jacksonville. He was also a member of the Cairo Shriners of Rutland, the York Rite Bodies of Bennington Temple Chapter 8, the Bennington Council 8, and the Taft Commandery 8. He was a member of the Brattleboro Shrine Club and the Northeast Association of Shrine Motor Corps. He was also part of the Scottish Rite Bodies Lodge of Pittsfield.

Mr. Benson was also a member of the American Legion Post 29 in Readsboro and was a member of the Vermont Sheriffs Association.

Survivors include his wife, the former Doris Burdick, whom he married on Oct. 16, 1954 in the Florida Baptist Church; one son, Michael John Benson of Wichita, Kansas; five grandchildren, Billy Jo Piantoni of North Adams, Mass., Joshua Piantoni of Adams, Mass., Sarah Hamm and Nathaniel Benson of St. George, Kansas; and Michaela Becerra of Manhattan, Kansas; six great grandchildren, Madison Benson, Christopher, Destiny, and Dakota Hamm, Jonathan Becerra and Kendra Piantoni; his former daughter in law- Arlene Benson of St. George, Kansas; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A daughter, Terry Jo Piantoni died in 1988. Three brothers and one sister are deceased including Francis, Lawrence, and Bert Benson and Eva Bushika.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Joe Benson will be held Saturday September 15, 2007 at 11 a.m., at the Stamford Community Church with the Rev. William Wilson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Millard Cemetery in Stamford. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center or to Springfield Shriner’s Hospital in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals Central Chapel at 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247, which is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 10, 2007
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