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Justin Cascaden Benedict  (Age 55)  
Justin Benedict was killed on November 20, 2020 after being hit by a car while walking. While other kids played stickball, Justin Benedict was reading Booth Tarkington novels, the National Review, or Mad magazine.He was born the only child of a single mom who died when Justin was 10 years old. He then became a ward of the state, in his case the District of Columbia. For the next decade he bounced from foster home to foster home.His Dickensian, street urchin youth spent roaming the avenues of DC ended when Justin found a home in AA. He was a man of big appetites, who never hid his fondness for "donuts and diet Pepsi."His wife, Christine Axsmith knew the depth of Justin's love for humanity, but especially the underdogs. Their couches were constantly occupied with homeless artists, writers, actors and other creative types down on their luck. Justin's own creativity was boundless. A prolific writer, his work ranged from essays to his novel "Sober Nerds" to his comic strips on VagrancyComics on Blogspot. He video blogged irreverent puppet shows at Progressive Puppet Theater. His life will be celebrated on December 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. through Dumbarton Methodist Church in Washington, DC in an online memorial and service.

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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 6, 2020.
Celebration of Life
02:00 PM
Dumbarton Methodist Church
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December 12, 2020
When I was newly sober, Justin was the only person that could make me laugh. Once I went to Sessions by the Sea and could not relate at all, but I found Justin and we sat on the boardwalk for hours while he gave a hilarious running commentary of all that was happening around us. I'll never forget when Justin and I flew cross country for a visit to Sea Ranch with Justin's then sponsor and Justin spent hours on the plane pay telephone talking with Bruce. He spent nearly $100 on that back of the seat phone! It boggled my frugal mind. Justin was fun and funny, and irreverent at times, but his friendship got me through early sobriety and I will always be grateful to him. My sincere condolences to his beloved Christine and all of Justin's posse.
Jean H
December 12, 2020
Justin Benedict is now rejoined with the Heaven he represented so well on earth with his selfless caring, attention, warmth, and wit. Sincere condolences to Christine, his Great Love.
December 12, 2020
Very sad to hear of Justin's death. My heart goes out to you Christine!
marie edwards branigan
December 10, 2020
Thanks for the warm welcome into the rooms 20 years ago and thanks for the slinky.
Colin D
December 10, 2020
No one quite like Justin, full of sweetness and brightening others’ days with a compliment, joke or story. Adored Christine. Helped so many. Not a saint but the kind of guy who during a rough patch was warmly welcomed to stay with his first wife, her husband and children. Everyone who knew Justin loved him: it was impossible not to. Creative as all get out with a whiff of randy, you’ll always live in my heart, little brother. Love always, Victoria Churchville
Victoria Churchville
December 9, 2020
He was a fine, beautiful spirit who let it all hang out with much love and gusto and shared his life with all kinds of people. He will be missed by so many.
Judy Birch
December 9, 2020
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Diane Eckert
December 9, 2020
Justin, you will be missed immensely.....You always had a kind word, and positivity. You were so nice to me, always. You will forever be in my heart....My love and prayers are with you & Christine.
Sheri & Keith Kopets
December 9, 2020
No one to fill those shoes...
December 6, 2020
Our deepest condolences for your loss. It’s so sad to lose someone you love in such a tragedy. May our Heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies hold you all close during these sad times. With the deepest of sympathies
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