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June 10, 1955 – May 9, 2021
On May 9th 2021 the Benson family, the Evangel community, and the town of Gander were rocked by the tragic loss of Pastor Ralph Benson. He was a pillar of the community, cornerstone of the church, and a role model Dad and Poppy. He adored his wife Paulette (Bonita) and was an exemplary husband. His love for his children Melissa (Craig), Adam (Natasha), Melanie (Jonathan) was only surpassed by his loving enthusiasm for his grandchildren Nick, Julia, Daniel, Gracie, Avery, Luke, and Jesse. When Poppy checked in on the grandkids with either a phone call or a visit it was enough to fill their little buckets to overflowing. He had an infectious energy and just a few moments in his presence could change the course of your day.
Ralph was born and raised in the small community of Come by Chance. As a young man laden with addictions he turned his life to Jesus and never looked back! Since then his love for Jesus has impacted thousands and he has left a legacy of love and grace for us to follow. He had a huge heart for people and it was unmistakable for anyone who had the privilege to meet him.
Ralph Benson was predeceased by his parents Daniel & Mamie and oldest brother George. Left to mourn along with his wife, children and grandchildren are sister in-law Tilly, Brother Frank (Dinah), Gordon (Corinna), Rex (Sandra), and his loving sister Judy (John), leaving also a large number of Paulette’s brothers and sisters, in-laws, nieces and nephews and his church family.
Ralph’s heart for people and the impact he had is now being felt through all of the support pouring in to us as a family; from people all over the province and beyond.
In the words he spoke so often, “Life is precious; Jesus Christ is our living hope”.
You entered Heavens gates with a gleaming smile and until we meet again, Dad, we’ll have an extra piece of dessert just for you❤️
Evangel Pentecostal Community Church, Gander will be open to the public on Thursday May 13, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. for anyone who wishes to come to pay their respects or see the family. Please remember that Covid-19 restrictions will be followed. Please visit the church page to register at evangelgander.ca and we ask for your patience during the visitation times and masks must be worn.
The Funeral service will take place on Friday May 14, 2021 from Evangel Pentecostal Community Church, Gander at 2:00 p.m., with interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy donations can be made in Pastor Benson’s memory to Evangel Gander’s Community Furniture Ministry, e-transfer email@example.com and indicate Furniture Ministry in the message and full name and mailing address for a year-end tax receipt.
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander/Carmanville and to leave a message of condolence please visit our website at www.staceysfuneralhome.ca.