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In loving memory of David Ernest Benham, age 74, who passed away on June 14th, 2013 at his home in North Waldhof.
David was born January 7, 1939 in Guelph, Ontario and was raised on the family dairy farm in Rockwood, Ontario.
He studied and then taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Hamilton and started his elementary school teaching career in 1960 at S.S. #3 Peel, in a one room school: Grades 1-8. He went on to specialize in music, and accepted the position of Music Supervisor with the Dryden Board of Education in 1966. He furthered his education at Lakehead University obtaining an Honors BA.
Throughout his career in the Dryden area, he became known for his student choir performances at annual Music Festivals. He is remembered in area classrooms for his musical visits, where he taught students to appreciate music and have fun. There will always be fond memories of him and his accordion “Nellie Bell”.
His` gift of music was shared in several area churches, at local dances and fundraising events. He enjoyed his retirement years in North Waldhof often having the opportunity to drive tractor for Rhyner’s Green Acres farm and was very proud of his extensive collection of replica toy tractors.
David is survived by his devoted wife Judi – best friend of 36 years, and his children Dean (Darlene) of Minnitaki, Melanie of Thunder Bay, Kendra of Timmins and beloved grandchildren David, Caine, Calder, Jedidiah, Riley, Alexis, Brayden, Culloden, Maren and Loen. He is also survived by his brother John (Anne) and nieces and nephews Heather, Kimberly, Tracey, David, Ryan, Derek, Dawn and Samantha. He was predeceased by is parents Ernest and Madeleine Benham and nephew Daniel Benham.
A service of song to celebrate David’s life will be held on Tuesday June 18th, 2013 at 11 am at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Vermilion Bay with Pastor James Wood officiating. Interment of ashes to follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Mark Lutheran Church Building Fund, or a charity of one’s choice through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave, Dryden, ON P8N 2X3
David leaves a legacy of love for, and faith in, our risen Saviour.