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John Otis Benjamin

1921 - 2015 PITTSFIELD John Otis Benjamin, 94, of Melbourne Place, formerly of Dalton, died Monday, June 22, 2015, at his home. Born in Pittsfield on March 30, 1921, the son of Leroy and Daisy Goodrich Benjamin, he was educated in Pittsfield schools. A World War II veteran, Mr. Benjamin was inducted into the United States Navy on August 19, 1943, served as a Signalman Third Class with the 18th Special Naval Construction Battalion, and was honorably discharged on December 5, 1945. Mr. Benjamin was a 43-year employee of Byron-Weston Company, where he was paper trimmer in the finishing room. He was a communicant of the St. Agnes Church and a member of Grace Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Dalton American Legion. He enjoyed playing golf. Mr. Benjamin's wife, the former Rita M. Wellspeak, whom he married August 9 1941, in St. Agnes Rectory, died March 10, 2103. He is survived by two sons, John A. Benjamin of Richmond, VA, and Paul R. Benjamin and his wife, Christine, of Pittsfield; three nieces, Rita Dehey of Dalton, and Linda Robinson and Marlene Terri Stutz, both of Ocala, FL; and his good friend, Harold "Baldy" Olds, of Dalton. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Stutz; his brother, Harry Willey, Jr., and his stepfather, Harry Willey, Sr. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service with military honors for John Otis Benjamin will be held Wednesday, July 8, at 1p.m., at Ashuelot Cemetery in Dalton with the Rev. Christopher A. Malatesta, Pastor of St. Agnes Church, officiating. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires in care of the DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, 890 East Street, Pittsfield.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 5, 2015
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