Au6rey eopo(O Benjamin
October 15, 1919 Septem6er 18, 1995
fuesbay, Septem6er 26,1995
'Diewing: 9:00 10:00 am
Service: 10:00 am
Freserick Evcangeicacf utieran Ciurcfi
Officiant: everenO farvarO Stepjens
Organist: Dr. orna 1oung-Wriefit
Interment at Western Cemetery Num6er 1
SSi ThsPomas, U.S. Dirgin Isinas
I Thonmas, VA.
PerRfps you sent a love( cara,
or sat quietly( in a cfiair.
PJeriaps you sent affordfpiece,
if so, we saw it tfiere.
Perfiaps you spoke tie I~inaest woras,
as canyfrieno cou(f say.
Perfiaps you were not tfiere at oaf,
Just tfiougt of us tfiat oy.
Wfiatever you oai to console our fiearts,
We tficnlkyou so mucfi, wfiatever the part.
PRTTpNITn RVY T TnHMAr C(.RAPHTTCr
Aubrey had a nautical fondness and a penchant for boating, swim-
ming, fishing and a great love for our sister island of St. John where he
and his wife Ramona spent many holidays. He was an ardent baseball
enthusiast and an avid Dodger fan. He never missed an opportunity to
listen or to watch a Dodger game and could call each pitch as well as any
Aubrey seldom enjoyed large social gatherings and public demonstra-
tions and was happiest at family celebrations with the four generations,
the most recent being August 5, 1995.
A perceptive, sensitive, caring quiet man among whose virtues were
love of God and love and loyalty to his fellowman. Aubrey's family's
slightest wish was his command and his guidance, talents and assistance
were always available to his friends.
On Monday September 18, 1995, following a brief illness, Aubrey left
us quietly for his Father's House. "What a wonderful salvation, where
we always see his face; what a perfect habitation, what a quiet resting
place." With cherished memories we cushion our sorrow, pain and loss.
The Master in his Wisdom claims you, Aubrey, and we though reluc-
tantly, relinquish our borrowed treasured Gem. Our Dearly Beloved:
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Great
Uncle, Friend ... Farewell.. You have gone to your place of quiet rest,
"near to the heart of God."
Your Sister, Ilva
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Au6rey eopo(1 Benjamin
Aubrey Leopold Benjamin, the fourth child of the late Amos and
Florence Benjamin, was born on October 15, 1919. Following his educa-
tion in the public school system here on St. Thomas, he continued to be
academically self-taught and highly mechanically motivated. Aubrey was
the self-appointed apprentice of the Mason, the Carpenter, the Plumber
and the Auto-Mechanic and had a grand grasp of each, thus, earning the
title of" Mr. Fix It."
Aubrey had a lifelong career in the Departments of Public Works and
Fire Service, working in various capacities including heavy equipment
operations. The Fire Division was at that time under the jurisdiction of
the Public Works Department and was supervised by the late Donald S.
Boreham, Director and Brand Major. After several courses and training
session on the U.S. Mainland, and having served with the Division for
more than twenty-five years, Captain Benjamin was appointed Fire Chief
of the U.S. Virgin Islands, succeeding Chief Omar Brown. He was in-
stalled in a brief ceremony, witnessed by officials, family members and
friends on December 30,1968.
Chief Benjamin was diligent, courageous, conscientious, and dedi-
cated, and found Fire Service to be a highly satisfying career. He served
as Fire Chief until his retirement on December 30,1974.
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Orber of Service
WORDS OF CONSOLATION
PLACING OF THE PALL
HYMN ...............................Come Ye Disconsolate, #255
PSALM121 .............................. Marisa RamonaTumbull
"HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW" .......... Marisa Ramona Tumbull
EULOGY ...................................... IlvaBenjamin
HYMN .................................... Be Still My Soul, #165
"GOING HOME" .................... Dr. Lawrence O. Benjamin, Sr.
SERMON ............................. Reverend Harvard Stephens
HYMN ........................Whatever God Ordains Is Right, #446
SHARE OF PEACE
COMMUNIONHYMNS ......... Pass Me Not, Gentle Savior,#179
What a Friend We Have in Jesus, #214
COMMENDATION ................... Reverend Harvard Stephens
RECESSIONAL HYMN .................... Thine Be the Glory, #145
Jfymns at tfie Gravesiae
In Times Like These, Will Your Anchor Hold, Amazing Grace
Adelbert Molyneaux Sr., Kenneth Benjamin Sr.,
Dr. Lawrence O. Benjamin Sr., Kenneth Benjamin, Jr.,
Adelbert Molyneaux Jr., Sean Benjamin
Rudolph Thomas, Oswald John, Owen Jackson,
Ralph DeFreitas, Claxton Jonas, Robert OConnor Sr.
Kenneth Benjamin Sr., Adelbert Molyneaux Sr., Aaron Benjamin
Marian Raimer, Carol Mae Hendricks, Cherril and Colleen Benjamin
Almeade and Ilva Benjamin
Shelley, Kenneth Jr., Maxine, LaVeme, Lawrence, Margo, Vance,
Celicia, Adelbert Jr., J6nell, Brian, Marisa, Juanita and Aubrey
Quinton, Brittany, Lorenzo, Adelbert III and Brandon
Lima Benjamin and Judith A. Molyneaux
Daisy Gibbons and Theresa Lucas
Antonio Lucas, Sosthen Sille, John Gibbons
Dr. Lawrence O. Benjamin, Albert and Milton Benjamin
Lawrence Jr., Sean Sr., Michael, John and Albert Jr.
Sean Benjamin Jr.
many other relatives and friends
To My Father... I will miss you! I will miss the strong, quiet man; I
will miss the man of peace. I will miss the man who fixes things, I will
miss your humor; I will miss the history lessons; I will miss your har-
monica playing. I will miss your sound, practical advice on how to make
things work Your influence in my life still goes on however, and your
spirit will always guide me because it is so strong. Rest well, "Breto,"
your love for me will always be cherished.
Your Son, Sonny
Dad. You will be eternally missed! Through the years whenever I was
at the Crossroads you were always there to steer me in the right direction.
My accomplishments, however few are due to your discipline (of me),
encouragement to go forward and your guidance in my education and
With love, Aaron
Daddy... I didn't think you would leave us so soon. I will miss your
easygoing ways, but the comforting part is that you have told me in many
ways that you loved and cared for me. May you rest in peace until we
Daddy ... You are gone from me forever and although I know I'll
never see you again, you will continue to live in my heart. You have left
me with so many loving memories which I will always treasure. Just as
peaceful as you lived, just so peacefully you left this life. You are now at
rest in our Father's loving arms. Good-bye, Daddy, until we meet again.
Your loving daughter, Carol Mae Hendricks
Daddy... Words cannot express the hurt when a loved one dies, but
the thought of knowing that you are with the Almighty God is comfort-
ing. We love you and you will be missed by all You have left a void in
my heart that can only be filled by the love of God in Jesus Christ Rest in
Your daughter, Cherril and son
Daddy... I can't believe you are gone. You were a wonderful father
and grandfather. You were always willing to do whatever you can for all.
You have left pleasant memories behind. You will be missed but not
TO MY BELOVED HUSBAND It is not so easy to lose a loved one
whom I loved so dearly and cared so much for. You suffered silently and
God saw your broad shoulders being weighed down and said, "that is
enough, you need rest". I know you are at peace now. How I wish you
didn't have to do it this way. If only death were a two-week trip where I
could look toward seeing, talking and laughing with you. Death is final
One day we will be together again and there will be no more separation,
pain and suffering for either of us. I love you, but Jesus loved you more
and His will must be done. So, I will wipe my tears, knowing you are safe
and protected in Jesus. Aubrey, you were a very good husband, father
and grandfather. I'll always remember and treasure your love. God bless
you for everything you have done for me. You may be gone from this life
but you will always be in my heart. I love you and will miss you very,
Your beloved wife, Ramona
"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that
I can do, or any kindness I can show to my fellow human being let it be now. Let
me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
The above quote from the words of Stephen Grellet reflect so well the
philosophy of my brother. Aubrey accepted challenges, and never gave
up on a task regardless of how much time or energy was involved. His
greatest satisfaction after a most "pains taking" experience, was to share
the details with close friends and family members. The love and respect
that we shared as we grew from childhood into our senior years was
bonded by the love of his children and their families. For as peace
comes after suffering, And love as a reward of pain, So after earth comes
heaven, And out of our loss, the gain."
Your sister, Almeade
Dad ... Like father and son, we were not very much for expressions.
However, you never once were too busy to give me a helping hand nor
too busy to have our little talks as you compared your younger days to
today and how things were done then. I will always cherish these memo-
ries and will miss our heated discussions about our "family team", the
Dodgers. We will meet again and I will enjoy resuming our talks.
and keep us safe.
Love always, Dee, Marisa, Juanita, Jonell, and Aubrey
No matter who we are or where we are on our path, loss can happen to
our loved ones. It may be hard for us to understand why God allows
losses to occur. We may feel betrayed when we lose our best friends; we
may want to give up on God or our spirituality. We may wonder why
we should bother working so hard at our spiritual growth, only to be
ignored in our time of need; but after our grief and our anger we can
experience another feeling accepting both the painful and the joyful gifts
God sends us. We accept our loss with serenity. Eternal rest grant unto
him O lord, and let your eternal light shine upon him until we meet again.
Your dear friend Maude Bartlett and family
and goddaughter Neya Miranda
A MESSAGE FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FIRE SERVICE
On behalf of the Virgin Islands Fire Service, I would like to convey our
deepest sense of regret and sympathy to the family of Retired Fire Chief,
Aubrey Leopold Benjamin, on September 18, 1995. As you mourn
Retired Chief Benjamin's passing, re-
member that, even amidst the recovery
of Hurricane Marilyn, he made a great
contribution to the people in this com-
munity in the saving of lives and prop-
erty. He had a way of making his fellow
Firefighters and everyone he came in
contact with feel good about themselves
and they in turn would do the same for
others. May your happy reflections of
him fill the void of his passing and I
pray that God will grant you and the
Benjamin family strength, serenity and I j
comfort in the difficult times ahead.
Friend in Christ, Carlton Dowe, Director
Your daughter, Colleen
Dad.... It is unbelievable that in two months since we found out you
of you will last the rest of my life, especially the nightly Sara Lee Cake
and a glass of milk or soda crackers with cheddar cheese and a cup of
black tea. I smile when I remember most of the time you called a friend's
name you said, "God rest them." You were there for my family in every
form and manner. God has taken the physical you from us, but your
spirit will be with us the rest of our lives. Rest in peace, Dad
Your daughter-in-law, Judy
A Tribute to Uncle Aubrey... I'm sure you knew, although I may not
have expressed it, that you were a positive force in my life, You made it
easy for me to do well in my trade classes because you allowed me to
learn from you. When you undertook a plumbing, carpentry or masonry
job around the home I was there. If you were under the hood of a car I
was by your side. Those skills that I learned from you are valuable assets
which I have been able to use in my own home over the years. My
memories of you will always be fond ones.
Your nephew and Godson "Larry'
To Our Beloved Grandfather ... You were a loving, kind, and family
oriented person. We will miss your dearly, especially during family
gatherings. We always enjoyed listening to your old time stories and
hearing you address the younger family members as scatter shots" and
"bandelouxs". We will always have fond memories of you. May you rest
in peace with the Heavenly Father.
Maxine, LaVerne, Lawrence, Aorgo
To Our Dearest Grandfather... "Scatter Shot Scotomorroo, Bandeloux,"
the names we heard when you called us. Everyday when we were
younger, we could count on you to pick us up from school, always
stopping to buy us a snack. Grandfather, we all will miss you dearly, but
we know that as you live eternally in heaven you will watch over all of us
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