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949 Main St
P.O. Box 363
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-832-5541 / 1-855-826-HALL (4255)
Fax: 207-832-6346
Gordon Benner

Gordon Benner

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
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Gordon A. Benner, 85, passed away peacefully at Quarry Hill in Camden, ME. on the evening of June 18, 2019 with the comfort of his family by his side. Gordon was born on October 27th, 1933 in Rockland, ME to Hazel Teele Genthner.

Gordon grew up in Bremen and Round Pond, attended Bristol schools and graduated from Bristol High School in 1953. After graduation Gordon entered the U.S. Army working as a helicopter mechanic during the Korean War.

Gordon was a school bus driver for many years, owned Benner Bros. and Leeman Construction, and built, owned, and operated the first car wash in Damariscotta on the Biscay Road. Gordon chaired the Bristol Parks Commission for almost 15 years, where he took great pride in working on many projects big and small; the Education Center at Pemaquid Point, the Ellingwood Park Information Center in Bristol Mills, and with help from his wife, Betty, developed the flower beds at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park.

Gordon was a devoted member of the Order of The Eastern Star which he served as the Worthy Grand Patron and member of the Bristol Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. Gordon was also a member of the Shriners and the American Legion of Damariscotta. Gordon also enjoyed being a member of the Maine Obsolete Auto League. Gordon and Betty enjoyed driving their motor home all over the United States visiting various O.E.S. Chapters, whose members they thought of as their second family.

Gordon was predeceased by his mother, his loving wife Elizabeth, his brothers Adelbert, Edward Jr, Malcolm, and his sister Pauline.

Gordon is survived by his daughter Deborah Hilton of Damariscotta, brother Frank Genthner and wife, Cecilia of Bristol, brother Clell Genthner and wife Gerri of Damariscotta, sister-in-law Janice McGuire of New Harbor, and brother-in law William Benner and wife Pat of Bristol. He is also survived by his grandchildren Paul Leeman III and wife Cerina of Round Pond, Heather Leeman of Jefferson, Nathan Hilton and wife Jessica of Damariscotta, Christopher Hilton & Hannah Kutschinski of Damariscotta, along with great grand children Gabrielle Kimball & Forrest Meader of Boothbay, Ivy Rose Kimball & Fiance’ Augustus Bond of Jefferson, Paul Leeman IV , Lorelai Leeman, Lucy Leeman all of Round Pond, Abigail Hilton, Fiona Hilton, and Wyatt Hilton all of Damariscotta, several nieces, nephews and many friends. Gordon was looking forward to the birth of his first great-great granddaughter Rose Elizabeth Bond in July. He also leaves behind his faithful 4-legged friend Lacey.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 28th, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro. A celebration of Gordon’s life will he held on Saturday June 29th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with a memorial given by the Order of The Eastern Star at the Broad Bay Church, 941 Main Street, Waldoboro. Officiants will be Rev. Bob Dorr and Rev. Dr. Edward Wynne, Jr.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kora Shriners, 11 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, ME 04240

Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences visit www.hallfuneralhomes.com
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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Hall's of Waldoboro
    Address
    949 Main Street
    Waldoboro, ME 04572
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ
    Address
    Main Street
    WALDOBORO, ME 04572
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    An Eastern Star Memorial and U. S. Army honors will be given to Gordon during the funeral service.
    Officiant
    Rev. Robert Dorr
    Co-Celebrant
    Rev. Dr. Edward J. Wynne Jr.

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Bob Dent

Posted at 10:30am
Gordon was one very special person. I so wish I could be with his family and friends today.

Whenever I supplied the Damariscotta Church on a Sunday morning, I would look to see if Gordon were there. And he was present on most Sundays when he was able to do so. His warm smile and kind and caring ways were so very powerful and radiated a sense of peace & contentment. I always felt a very special connection to Gordon and loved to chat with him. Bringing his granddaughter with him to church on numerous Sundays just underscored the very special sort of person that he was.

I think it was John Claypool who coined the phrase "his balcony people." By that he meant people in his congregation who had died and who had became part of the communion of saints who continued to cheer him on. And when he conducted worship and looked up into the balcony he could sense some of those people sitting there and giving him courage and inspiration to proclaim the love & justice of God. Gordon was that for me. And he has now become one of my balcony people.

To his family and friends, I can only say that you have been blessed by having a very extraordinary person in your lives. His presence and influence must have left a very positive mark among you. And we send our thoughts and prayers to sustain you in this time of loss in the coming days and weeks.

Peace, grace & love,

Bob Dent
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Jessica & Paul Jr.

Posted at 10:44am
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
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Mark Cowan

Posted at 06:33pm
I have great memories of this wonderful man growing up.
Especially his great humor and quick whit.
He loved to “pull my leg” and liked getting back
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Guy E. Lane,Jr

Posted at 12:27pm
Gordon, Your one of a Kind, Wish i knew more Men like you, i will never For get you ! your Hard Work and the Nice times i had working for you,over the years, You Always Seem to have away of making Lemonade out of Lemon"s You will be Missed by Many

Deb,I am Very Sorry to hear of his Passing, But I feel he is in Great Hands Now !!!!! With GOD

Darlene Hayden

Posted at 09:35am
Mount Zircon #142 want to share our condolence for your loss. He was an honored and trusted member of our order. RIP job well done.
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