Joel Benton

Joel Peter Benton, 56. After a year-long and truly courageous fight with cancer, Joel left this world on the morning of 25 February, at home with his wife Laura at his side. In his final days he cherished the companionship of his brother Chip and many loyal and loving friends. Joel moved from Connecticut to Wellfleet in his early teens and graduated from Nauset High School; he later attended universities in both Connecticut and Minnesota. He will be fondly remembered for so many things: his gentle and easy-going nature, his sense of humor, generosity, and as a great inspiration to many. As a friend of Bills for the past 24 years, he had helped countless others with his intuitive, non-judgmental, and wise counsel. He lived his life with humility, grace, and gratitude. Joel was also an extraordinary builder, which combined with his creativity, talent, and integrity, made him an essential choice for many clients both on and off Cape Cod. Many fine homes and renovations stand as testimony to his art. He leaves a deeply grieving family: wife Laura Scheel and cherished 5 year-old son Cole William of East Orleans; brothers Chip Benton, Noah and Dane Benton; stepsister Lara Knowlton, stepmother Deborah Benton; father Alfred Benton; mother Arlyne Benton; two nephews and three nieces. Friends are invited to a potluck celebration of Joels life on Saturday, March 16, at the Methodist Church in Wellfleet, from 24 p.m. In lieu of flowers, devoted friends have created a fund for young Coles future education (checks payable to "Ameriprise Financial FBO Cole W. Benton," P.O. Box 417, East Orleans, MA 02643). Or, some may wish to donate in Joels name to VNA Hospice, whose generosity, sensitivity, and assistance were beyond extraordinary (VNA Hospice, 434 Route 134, S. Dennis, MA 02660).

Published in The Cape Codder from Mar. 6 to Mar. 13, 2013