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Donald Robert Benedict

April 6, 1934 ~ December 18, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Donald Benedict Obituary

Mr. Donald Robert Benedict, AKA Benny or Sleepy, died Monday, December 18, 2023.                    He was a twin, born prematurely, on April 6, 1934. His twin Ronald died soon after birth.  He was nurtured and grew up on the north side of Syracuse and then in Camillus, NY.  He graduated in 1953 from Camillus High School and thereupon began working as a laborer for the Department of Transportation in Camillus, where he worked for 38 years, rising through the ranks to become Supervisor of the New York State DOT Onondaga West Unit.  

He was a fisherman and a hunter. For many years he went with a constant group of friends, Spring and Fall to Deerhorn Lodge on Cabonga Reservoir, Canada.  He hunted with friends in the Adirondacks and the Southern Tier. 

Donald was a charter member of the Camillus Elks Club #2367, and its Exalted Ruler in 1979-80. When he retired, he relocated to Cobden, Ontario to a home he had purchased.  His new home was on a lake where he could fish to his heart’s content.

After a heart attack in 2000, he was urged by his sisters to return to the family homestead in Elbridge, NY.

Along with his twin, he was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Irene Benedict, sister Barbara and her husband Donald O’Hara, and brother-in-law William Smart.

He is survived by sisters, Dorothy Benedict, Kay Benedict Sgarlata (Tony), and Carol Smart, nephews and nieces, Patrick Smart (Robin), Michael Smart (Mindy), Stephen Smart, Marybeth Smart, Susan Rusyniak (Jim), John O’Hara, Jeanne Baily (Martin), Joseph O’Hara (Bridgett), Mark O’Hara (Karen), Maureen Beckermann (Tom), five great nieces and nephews and a great, great nephew, Benny. He loved them all and they loved him.

A funeral Mass at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 21, 2023, will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Jordan, NY where Donald was a faithful parishioner.  Calling hours will be held at Bush Funeral Home, 120 E. Main Street, Elbridge, New York on Wednesday, December 20 from 4-7 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Camillus Elks Club, Newport Road, Camillus, NY 13031 or St. Patrick’s Church.

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
December 20, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bush Funeral Home of Elbridge
120 E. Main St.
Elbridge, NY 13060

Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday
December 21, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Patrick's Church of Jordan
28 N. Main St.
Jordan, NY 13080

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