Petit De Grat
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our father, Clement Joseph Benoit, age 87, which occurred on August 9, 2023. He died peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Dad was born on July 5, 1936, to the late Eugene and Loretta Fortune.
He is survived by his four daughters, Joyce Benoit of Sydney, NS, Lisa Benoit-Bowen (Darin) of Bedford, NS, Dawn Benoit-Samson (Lloyd) of Middle Sackville, NS and Angie Williams (Lyndon) of Stillwater Lake, NS along with his three precious grandchildren Kaleb, Renée and Madeline. He is also survived by his brothers Alfred (Diane) Benoit, Phil (Pauline) Benoit, Stanley (Joan) Benoit, his sister Jeanine (Art) Leblanc, his sisters-in-law Nola Meunier, Sylvia Power, Lorraine Landry and brother-in-law Gerald Boudreau. He is pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 63 years Marjorie Ann Benoit (née Landry) his parents Eugene & Loretta Benoit, sister Anne Corcoran, brothers in law James Corcoran, Conrad Landry, Delphis Landry, Roddie LeJeune, Clifford Meunier, Lloyd Power, Velma Babin, Bernard LeJeune and sisters in law Evelyn Landry, Mildred LeJeune, Gloria Babin, Lucille Landry and Margaret Boudreau.
Dad started his career with Booth Fisheries then moved on to the Department of Fisheries & Oceans as an Inspector. This position afforded him the opportunity to travel the world as far as China, Thailand, Costa Rica and Columbia. He was known in the department as “the nose” as no one could detect the quality of a fish like our father. He always said, “His nose knows.” Once he retired from the Department of Fisheries & Oceans, he worked as a consultant with the Premium Seafoods Group until Marjorie said “that’s enough” lol. Besides his family, Dad’s passions were politics, community, and music. He was a passionate supporter of the Liberal party and was involved in several campaigns for several candidates over the years. He loved every minute of his time on the campaign trail.
Dad also served his community in various ways and was a proud Acadian. He was heavily involved with many community organizations over the years, some of them being St. Joseph’s Parish, the Acadian festival, la Picasse, and la FANE. Dad was also involved with the parish choir and enjoyed singing and listening to music whenever he could. He spent his last few days singing songs that gave him comfort. Lastly, and above all else, Dad’s greatest passion was his family, especially his grandkids. Anything he could do for his four girls, he did. And when his grandkids, Kaleb, Renée and Maddie, were younger, he was always ready with a book or deck of cards and always wanted to make sure they were doing well. He loved them beyond words can express.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses from the 3rd and 8th Floor of the Halifax Infirmary and especially the staff from floor 9A and B of the Centennial Building (VG Hospital) who took such great care of him his last few months. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations in his memory to one of the following: Strait Richmond Hospital Foundation or St Anne’s Centre.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation upon request. A service will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Church, Petit De Grat on Friday, August 18, 2023 at 2:00pm with Rev. John DeCoste officiating.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Pier Community Funeral Home, Sydney, NS. Tributes, words of comfort and memories of Dad may be shared with the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com.
Condolence Message So sorry for your loss, please accept my condolences at Clem’s passing. I did know Clem through work I did at the plant, he was a wonderful man and a straight shooter,
From: Roger Davison