George D. Benson Sr.

Aug 27, 2018
George Benson Sr.

Hope — George Donald Benson, 83, died on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Frankfort, Maine on April 9, 1935, to Donald L. and Margaret Ann (Thompson) Benson.  He attended Crosby High School and enlisted in the Navy, where he served in the Korean War.

After returning from the war, he traveled some and studied various subjects including drafting, lighting and oil burners, where he eventually worked his way to becoming one of Maine’s first Master Oil Burner Technicians.

In his travels, he worked at various jobs including Wilson’s Diner in Waltham, Mass., where he met the love of his life, Marion Olive Griffin from Appleton. They were married in Malden, Mass. on April 13, 1956, and eventually settled on Simonton’s Corner in Rockport, where they raised their children and lived most of their lives until retiring to Hope, in 1997.

George was a loving father who prided himself on providing for his family.  Over the years, he worked at many occupations which include special officer for the Rockport Police Department, auctioneer, taxi driver, chef at the Knox Hotel & The Helm Restaurant and proprietor of various businesses including Marion’s Take-Out and Benson’s 24-Hour Oil Burner Service, both in Rockport.

George was a longtime member of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees and for many years was known to cook the Easter Breakfast.  He was a caring man who would always step up to serve others, including representing Chestnut Street Baptist Church as a member of the Board of the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, where he served from its beginning until he retired this past year.

An important part of George’s life was his commitment to the Masons.  With over 40 years as a Mason, George was a Master Mason and founding member of the Rockport Masonic Center where he helped the community and touched many lives.

George was predeceased by his wife, Marion, and their son, Roland “Ricky” Benson. Surviving are his children, including Kerry Collins (Julie), of Warren; Deborah Samuel (Sundar), of East Greenbush, N.Y.; Daniel Benson (Gloria), of Rockland; Donald Benson (Kelly), of Lincolnville; Jody Benson, of Marysville, Wash,; Connie Overlock (Patrick), of Hope; Patrick Benson (Andrea), of Camden; George Benson II (Jodell), of Rockport; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and many other loved ones.

A Masonic service will be held at St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge, 361 Main St., Rockport, on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 29 Chestnut St., Camden, on Sept. 14 at 11a.m. A private committal will be held at Hope Grove Cemetery. in Hope.

If desired memorial gifts may be made to The Autism Society of America or a local food bank. Condolences may be shared with the family at  Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.


Comments (2)
Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Sep 10, 2018 12:08

I met George when we served on the Board of the Camden Food Pantry. He was a good member and a strong Christian

RIP, George

Jan Dolcater, Rockport.

Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Aug 28, 2018 05:59

I first met George in my basement in 1968 sweating over my aged boiler trying to bring it back to life.

He was always pleasant and smiling .Over the years I crossed paths with George working in the Camden Rockport area, he never changed .

He will be missed by many, RIP George.

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