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George Alexander Benedict

Family reference: 352.254.125

Born Born 3 Dec 1912   Calgary, Alberta
Married Married 18 Sept 1942 Muriel Ritchie Calgary, Alberta
Died Died 19 Feb 1986   Calgary, Alberta
Buried     Queen's Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta

Parents:

Children:

  1. William Ritchie Graham Benedict; 1943 - 2011

George’s Early Years

George joined the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) for World War II and worked in the aircraft instrument section. After discharge, he worked for the Alberta Liquor Control Board and stayed in the job for over 25 years. As a hobby and for some income, later on he undertook pocket and wrist watch and clock repairs. An old wall clock is in the family possession, dating back to at least 1841, from Ireland, according to a hidden note.

George and Muriel

Helen Muriel Graham Ritchie was born on May 9, 1914 in Calgary, Alberta, the daughter of Fire Department Chief William Graham Ritchie and xxxx.

George married Muriel in 1942 in Calgary, while he was still enlisted in the Canadian forces. A notice in the paper said,

"In honor of Miss Muriel Ritchie, a bride-elect, a shower was given by Mrs. Alex Wright and Mrs. Arthur Kennett at the home of the former. Little Eileen Homstrom presented the guest of honor with a gift from the 20 guests. The room was decorated with pink and white streamers, wedding bell, and flowers."

George and Muriel belonged to St. Giles Presbyteian Church, on 23rd Avenue and 10th Street, N.W., where he was an elder.

The family resided at 1127 - 17th Avenue N.W. from 1958 to 1971, then onto 1601 - 15th Street, S.W. until 1978, then moving to #12 - 401 Grier Avenue, N.E. They never owned property, always renting. Muriel passed away at Forest Lawn nursing home, after a brief illness, in 2010. Their son, Ritchie, died at home in 2011 at the age of 68, caused by congestive heart failure.

The Final Years for George

Footnotes

Ritchie Benedict

Ritchie was born in Calgary on August 8, 1943. The only child of George and Muriel Benedict, he attended McDougal, King George and William Aberhart schools in Calgary, and also attended the Alberta Institute of Technology. Ritchie worked for a brief period at Robin Hood Flour Ltd., at the massive concrete flour silos located at 9th Avenue and 4th Street, now occupied by Gulf Canada Square. He also had short-time employment at photography counters and the Canada post office during Christmas rush. Ritchie had a lifelong passion for the paranormal and was noted as a researcher and book reviewer in this field.

-- JimBenedict - 15 Oct 2011
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