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Robert Charles Benedict

Family Reference: 352.257.513

Born Born 28 June 1927   family farm in St. Vincent Twp., Grey CO., Ontario
Married Married 11 Nov 1950 Eleanor Jane Mitchell Chatsworth, Sullivan Twp., Grey co., Ontario
Died Died 10 Aug 2007   Elgin Abbey Nursing Home, Chesley, Elderslie twp., Bruce co., Ontario

Photo Album - Family album of photos and documents.

Parents:

Children:

  1. Donald Robert Benedict; b. March 04, 1952
  2. Doris Benedict; b. April 13, 1953
  3. William Alexander Benedict; b. February 16, 1956, d.February 25, 1984
  4. Jeffrey Benedict; December 30, 1967

The Early Years of Robert

Robert (ne้ Charles Robert Benedict}, ( DAD ) was born in St. Vincent Township on June 28, 1927, the third child in a family of four, growing up in the depression years. Things were pretty tough but their farm and innovative ways meant they had enough to eat. I remember dad having large feet and his small toes were curled up due to improper fitting shoes as a youth. These odd shaped toes meant great difficulty in getting proper shoes to fit him. Later in life, he conveniently had those troublesome toes surgically removed at the beginning of haying season. He got to supervise the supply of refreshments that year! His older brother Frank had lost all the toes on one of his feet in a buzz saw accident and Dad would delight in telling people that he and his brother only had three toes between them.

In 1939 Grandpa Benedict accepted the position of Deputy Sheriff in Owen Sound. Dad's brother took over the farming operation and the rest of the family moved to Owen Sound. Dad's heart really wasn't in living in town and going to school. I suspect uncle Frank could really use the help on the farm as well.

In 1942 the Meaford Tank Range was formed in the north part of St Vincent Township. Approximately 17,000 acres of farmland and orchards were expropriated to form a training ground for tanks for use in the World War II. This included the Benedict farms. After years of of blood, sweat, clearing and preparing the land, building homes, schools, churches, raising families, planting crops, planting, and nurturing beautiful, healthy, orchards, the people including the Benedicts, never got over the loss. Uncle Frank bought a good farm in Sydenham Township on the Irish Block. It became Uncle Frank's career farm. He told his son Ivan, that the poorest years on the Irish Block were better than the best ones on the Range and that the move was probably a blessing in disquise.

Grandpa bought a ten acre farm on the east side of Owen Sound near where Wal Mart is today. Dad was able to do some farming here and custom farm work as well. I know he helped Frank as well, because he broke his leg while spreading manure, when the team of horses ran off out of control. We never had any horses on our farm, even though, grandpa Mitchell always had a team and thought we kids should have a horse.

The Early Years of Eleanor

(The following was taken from a eulogy, written by her loving son, Donald)

Mother really lived two lives. One during the first seventy years of her life and a second life during the last decade while coping with The Thief we call, Dementia.

Eleanor Jane Mitchell, ( MOM ) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Mitchell, was born in Chatsworth, Grey County on November 11, 1926, the family moved to the Mitchell farm sometime around 1929. The Depression hit and created an up bringing that she and everyone from that era never forgot Her father had a car but no gas for it, so he hitched his team of horses to it and used it that way. Sometime later her sister Shirley was born, she being much younger and maybe a bit of a pest as well, but they grew up together on the farm

Educated in Chatsworth and later in Owen Sound to become a bookeeper, she than found work with the Hindman Transportation Company, and through that connection she met Robert Charles Benedict and married forming what was to be a life long bond.

Eleanor insisted on a christian upbringing for her children and the Kilsyth United Church was close and fit the bill just fine. She also joined the Kilsyth Womens Institute where she served tirelessly in many capacities and proved to be a wonderfull leader in that organization. She loved and was loved by all those she came in contact with.

Robert and Eleanor

ENGAGEMENT: - - Mr. and Mrs. Alex Mitchell, Chatsworth wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Eleanor Jane, to Charles Robert Benedict, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Benedict, R.R. 1 Owen Sound. The marriage will take place on November 11th 1950.

ELEANOR MITCHELL, ROBERT BENEDICT ARE MARRIED: - - St Andrews Presbyterian Church Manse At Chatsworth Scene of Pretty Wedding: - - A very pretty wedding was held at 12 o'clock Saturday November 11th in St Andrews Presbyterian Church manse Chatsworth, when Rev. Robert Duncanson united in marriage, Eleanor Mitchell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Mitchell, and Robert Benedict son of Mr. and Mrs. Goy G. Benedict of Owen Sound. The bride was given away by her father and looked charming in a gown of white slipper satin, Peter Pan collar, covered buttons to the waist-line, round yoke edged with inserted pace and poug sleeves. The full skirt was slightly trained. The fingertip silk embroidered veil falling from the braided satin headdress, silver slippers and a crescent shaped bouquet of Sweetheart roses and gardenias with streamers completed the costume. The bride was attended by the groom's sister, Mrs. Lloyd Spence matron of honor, who wore a pink taffeta floor length gown with matching Sandeau of flowers on her hair and carried a crecent shaped bouquet of pink and white carnations. Miss Shirley Mitchell, sister of the bride was bridesmaid. Her gown was mauve taffeta with flower headdress and crescent bouquet of pink and white carnations. The groom was supported his brother Frank Benedict. At the reception, held in St Andrews Church parlors the bride's mother received 50 quests. She was wearing blue crepe with black and grey accessories and a corsage of red roses with silver ties. She was assisted by the grooms mother in navy crepe with black accessories and corsage of red roses and with silver ties. The brides table was centred with the three-tiered pillared wedding cake, pink and white carnations and mums which were also used on the other quest tables. The assistants were Martha McDonald, Eileen Weeden, Marion weeden, Lois Benedict and Margaret Holbey. The brides going away costume was of intermission tissue-faille. The peplum was embroidered with matching silk. A top coat of copper and matching velvet hat. Her accessories were brown. On their return the couple will reside at R.R. 1 Owen Sound. Quests were present from St. Thomas, Toronto, Waterloo and Owen Sound.

Continued from The Early Years of Robert

Dad met this good looking woman who worked for the Hindman Transportation Company. He met the approval of her folks and they were married on November 11, 1950. They set up house keeping in a trailer beside the garage on Grandpa's little farm. Dad always had a hatred for leaky roofed trailers after that.

I was born March 4th 1952 and it quickly became apparent that there wasn't room in the trailer for three of us. A small farm in Derby Township with an old house, many thorn trees and lots of stones seemed to fit the bill! They started a life at RR 4 Tara that lasted over 50 years. In 1953 Doris was born to make four of us on the Derby farm. In 1956 brother bill was born to help pick those cursed stones on the farm. Things were not easy during those years, but dad was keen to learn new things and was soon putting in bathrooms for neighbors. His plumbing trade led him to full time off farm work and a much improved standard of living. Last fall I took Dad to Waterloo where he recieved his 40-year membership award from the United Association of Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Welders.

In 1967 Dad and Mother embarked on a centennial project and low and behold Jeff was born. Most of the stones however had been picked by this time. Mother, Doris, Bill, Jeff and myself kept the small dairy farm going while Dad worked at Douglas Point. A wonderful period in Dad's life was when I got married, followed by Doris and Bill as well. I had a career with Ontario Hydro as a nuclear operator, Doris as an X-ray technician at the Guelph Hospital, Billy had joined Dad as a steamfitter and Jeff was in School.

In 1979 Mother and Dad decided to build a new retirement home on the farm, and let Billy settle in the old farmhouse. We all helped in the construction of the new brick house which stands today on the 8th Concession of the Georgian Bluffs. Mom & Dad were proud of the new home and grandchildren were also arriving as well to their great joy.

Tragedy struck in February of 1984, when Billy drowned, when his snowmobile went through the ice. The stress of that event continues to torment us all to this day. Dad was devastated at the loss of his son and working partner. I don't think I ever saw him cry before that.

Tragedy followed again in February of 1985 when Dad was involved in an accident involving his snowmobile and a car! It turned out that Dad had a ruptured aorta and was being transported to the Toronto General Hospital for emergency surgery. It was a typical Grey County winter and there had been a terrible snowstorm. Many highways were closed. Mother and I had a frightful trip to Toronto on closed roads to be with him.

After five weeks of recovery Dad convinced the Doctor to let me bring him to Owen Sound in his Crown Victoria car because the ambulance was delayed. After having a trip in an ambulance myself, I can see why he wanted to ride in the car! Several weeks later he was able to come home to his retirement home, and enjoy many years that we often called "borrowed time". He and mother had many wonderful winter holidays during those years that were a blessing for both of them.

But after these pleasent years, as Donald says the demon, dementia started to take hold of Eleanor and the family had to pretty much say goodbye to the woman they had known for so many years. She went on doing her household duties, again as Donald said " who were we to argue". She became rather quiet and was quite content to sit in her chair and watch the world go by. Robert became the primary caregiver and with the help of home care they were able to stay in their home for several more years. Finally Eleanor was settled into a nursing home in Southampton.

Sometime about the middle of 2003, Dad's health began to deteriorate and he was hospitalized in Owen Sound. The SARS health episode started shortly after he was admitted. We couldn't get in to see him, the doctors didn't know what was wrong with him and he was scared and hurting. In time we got in and the doctors determined that he was going to need long term care. He had Lewey Body Dementia, which effects your physical ability to stand and walk. He quickly went from using a rollator walker to the wheelchair, which became his mode of transport until his death.

He entered Elgin Abbey in July of 2003. He naturally didn't like it at first but gradually accepted his fate. He came to like the staff especially Cathy Davis whom we all remember as giggles because of her affinity for a loud giggling laugh. His favorite nurse was Teresa Thomson. He called her the roadrunner because she was always on the run. He even came to like the idea of having a woman give him a bath, but he could never convince them to jump in with him! Lea the cook became endeared to his heart when she determined that he liked ketchup with nearly everything. We were able to reunite Dad and mother in Chesley in March of 2004. Their double room beside the ward desk became home for them. We can't say enough about the wonderful staff at Elgin Abbey.

Dad's will to live seemed to vanish last winter after Mom was gone and he didn't have her beside him. He had a trip to Doris's for his 80th birthday and I am sure he enjoyed that. He and I had some wonderful outings especially since we installed the turn assist seat in my truck. He loved to get out of that blasted wheelchair and get up high into the truck and go for a ride.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Goodbye Dad, we will remember and love you forever.

(The above was condensed from a eulogy, written by his loving son, Donald)

The Final Years For Eleanor

OBITUARY for ELEANOR JANE BENEDICT

BENEDICT, Eleanor Jane - At the South Bruce Grey Health Centre in Chesley on Wednesday, December 06, 2006. The former Eleanor Jane Mitchell, resident of Elgin Abbey in Chesley and formerly of R. R. 4 Tara, in her 81st year. Beloved wife of 56 years to Robert (Bob). Dear mother of Don and his spouse Joan Edworthy of Arkwright, Doris and her husband Ted Hack of Guelph and Jeff of Owen sound. Dear sister of Doris and her husband Arnold Draves of Innisfil. Eleanor will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Lisa and her husband Jay Eidt, Keri Benedict, Angela Hack and her friend Chris, Kyle Hack and by great grandson Harrison Eidt. Also survived by sisters-in-law Eleanor Spence, June (Jack) Porter and Lois (George) Mahon and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by son Bill (1984). Friends may call at Paul H. Eagleson Funeral Home in Tara on Sunday, December 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Celebration of Eleanor's life will be held on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.pauleaglesonfuneralhome.ca

The Final Years For Robert

Obituary for Robert Charles Benedict:

BENEDICT, Robert Charles - at the Elgin Abbey Nursing Home in Chesley on Friday, August 10, 2007. Bob Benedict, resident of Elgin Abbey and formerly of R. R. 4 Tara, inhis 81st year. Beloved Husband of the late former Eleanor Jane Mitchell. Dear father of Don and his spouse Joan Edworthy of Arkwright, Doris and her husband Ted Hack of Guelph and Jeff of Owen Sound. Brother of Lois and her husband George Mahon and Eleanor Spence. Predeceased by son Bill (1984) and brother frank. Bob will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Lisa and her husband Jay Eidt, Keri Benedict, Angela Hack and her friend Chris Braithwaite, Kyle Hack and by great grandson Harrison Eidt. Also survived by sister-in-law Shirley and her husband Arnold draves of Innisfil and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Paul H. Eagleson funeral Home in Tara on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.The celebration of Bob's life will be held on Tuesday August 14, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Tara Legion Building Fund would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.paulheaglesonfuneralhome.ca

-- DonaldElliott - 03 Nov 2008
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