John J. Benson
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John J. "Johnny" Benson of Braintree, died November 18, 2020, at the age of 92. John was a lifelong resident of Braintree. He was the founding owner of John J. Benson, Inc. (Benson's Garage) in North Weymouth. For 56 years he worked as a mechanic, helping those in need and making many friends along the way. His generosity reached far beyond his business. He was devoted to his faith and he believed that giving back was his mission. He was an usher at St. Joseph's Parish in Quincy and longtime member of the Holy Name Society. He was elected their Man of the Year for his philanthropic work. John was also a co-founder of the South Shore Men's Catholic Retreat which is still active today. As a veteran, John found many ways to support other veterans. Most notably was his instrumental role in the building of the Korean War Memorial in Jackson Square, Weymouth. John was a family man. He was a devoted husband of 67 years to the late Barbara (Delaney) Benson, who was also his partner in business. He was the proud father of Barbara Wuestefeld and husband Skip of Rockland, John J. "Jackie" Benson Jr. of Weymouth, and Leslie Belcher and husband Ken of Braintree. He was the doting grandfather to Thomas Wuestefeld, Kerrie Vernava, Jason Wuestefeld, Michael Wuestefeld, Lindsay Hulke, Kyle Belcher and Destanie Cripps-Benson. He was the loving great-grandfather to 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John was brother to the late Mary McDonald, Rita Arneson, David Benson and survived by sister Pat Kenny of Hingham. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, 40 Sea Street (off Route 3A - Bicknell Square), North Weymouth. Relatives and friends will gather at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Monday prior to the 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Church, Quincy and burial at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Donations in memory of John may be made to the St. Joseph's Holy Name Society, 550 Washington St., Quincy, MA 02169. See for directions and online condolences or call 781-335-0045.

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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Nov. 21, 2020.
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November 25, 2020
Jackie, and the entire Benson family my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He was a true gentleman and an avid supporter of our department. My thoughts are with you. Jim Thomas Retired Chief WPD.
Jim Thomas
November 23, 2020
Dear Jackie and Benson Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. John Benson, he was a great guy and was a fixture in the North Weymouth Community.
I recall many a day stopping by the Garage on Bridge street and enjoying his conversations and friendship. I was fortunate to have known him, he was a good guy!
Sending you All of my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless
Jim Bowen WPD Retired
jim bowen
November 22, 2020
Mr. Benson was a very kind man. I looked forward to seeing him at weekly mass @ St. Joes. Rest In Peace.
November 22, 2020
The first thing you saw when you went to the 8:30 Mass at St. Joe's was John's big smile and he always wore his usher's jacket. Later, when I joined Holy Name we always looked forward to John joining us.
His smile made you smile and he was always the first to welcome you to Mass. John was the JOY movement before it arrived here at St. Joe's.
To his family I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies and also a big Thank You for sharing John with us at Mass every week. John's smile is lighting Heaven now and I'm sure he's in the company of the Angels.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Gordon Johnson
November 22, 2020
The first thing you saw when you went to the 8:30 Mass at St Joe's was John was his usher jacket on and a big smile on his face. Always with a kind word he made you smile and feel welcome. May John rest in the company of the angels. I know Heaven is much brighter with John's smile and kind words. We'll miss you ..... you brought Joy before we ever had a JOY movement.
Gordon Johnson
November 21, 2020
Always a gentleman and super to do business with ~ he was knowledgeable, honest and fair ~ sincere sympathy to his family and friends..
The Venetos
November 21, 2020
My condolences to John's family and friends. It was a privilege to know him. He told me the story of how my grandfather (BPD) got tired of John's speeding in his younger days so stopped him & tore up his license in the middle of Independence Ave.
Sorry I can't attend & share memories - 1500 miles away.

Bradley H. Annis
November 21, 2020
Mr. Benson,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
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