ARTHUR J. BENOIT - WILLISTON - Arthur J. Benoit, 93, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in the The Arbors, in Shelburne, after a long illness. He was born on Feb. 2, 1921, in Chrysler Ontario, Canada, the son of the late Felix and Hermaline (Charlebois) Benoit. Art's family moved to Vermont when he was five years old. He was one of 15 brothers and sisters. He later married his bride of 74 years, Loretta Tremblay on July 31, 1939. Art spent many years as a farmer, truck driver, excavator, fuel dealer, an owner of a hardware store and many other enterprises. In his later years, he bought and sold real estate. Art was also very active in town boards in Williston and was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid baseball fan that loved the Boston Red Sox. One of his highlights was when he played for the Red Sox fantasy team in Florida. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at The Arbors and the Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington for the excellent care he was given during his stay. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Loretta Benoit of Williston; his six children, Roland and his wife, Sheila Benoit, of Grand Isle, William Benoit of Williston, Albert and his wife, Lavonna Benoit, of Florida, Geneva Benoit of Essex, John and his wife, Therese Benoit, of Williston, and Rita Benoit of Williston; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gerard and his wife, Evelyn Benoit, of Bridport; and several nieces and nephews. Art was predeceased by a granddaughter, Susan Roy; and by eight sisters and five brothers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Williston. Interment will be later in the spring in Deer View Cemetery in Williston. Visiting hours will be on Monday, March 10, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Rd., in Burlington. Online condolences may be sent to www.readyfuneral.com
. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495.