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FREDERICK LUTHERAN CHURCH
7 Norre Gade
Pastor Lawrence T. Baletti
Helge A. Jeppesen, Jr.
Combined Choirs of
Frederick Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church~ of the Reformation
Memorial Moravian Church
Nisky Moravian Church
11 :00 A. M.
Charlotte Amalie, St.Thornas, V. 1.
GUACLOTTK AMALIE, ST. THOMAS
VIRGIN IsLANs oo00os01
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR JUAN LUIS
I was terribly shocked and saddened today
to learn of the passing of Mr. Leopold Benjamin,
my Administrative Assistant and friend. This is
not only a personal loss, but one that will also
be felt by the people of the Virgin Islands.
Mr. Benjamin was one of the truly hard-
working and conscientious officials of my admin-
istration and one on whom I relied heavily for
assistance in the discharge of the day-to-day
administrative duties of my office. In his
quiet way, he fulfilled his responsibilities with
a high degree of efficiency. His services will
be sorely missed.
On behalf of the Government and people of
the Virgin Islands, personally and on behalf of
Mrs. Luis, I extend deepest sympathy to
Mr. Benjamin's widow and family on their mourn-
ful loss. May Almighty God give them strength
in their hour of bereavement.
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October 10, 1979
The sudden departure of Leopold Benjamin from
our midst leaves a void in our lives. I have known
Leopold from our early childhood days, and we have
been friends for almost all of our lives.
In particular, I recall, with deep appreciation,
his years of service with me at Government House
during my tenure as Governor.
His interest and service in community affairs
and functions were many and varied. He will long
be remembered in the Virgin Islands community.
Coo ns 1 -.s .
SMelvin H. Evans M.C.
Leopold Benjamin is no more. le passed into the great beyond on
Wednesday, October 10, 1979. Surviving him is his widow Leona
Horn in Fred'riksted, freedom city, he came to St.Thomas in 1935
where lie completed Charlotte Amalie High School in 1938. lie was
onre of the first of a hand of intrepid Crucians who have come to
St. Thomas and become a part of tile St. Thomas community.
Hlis ilhlsrious career tends to obscure is btasic humanity being
forever associated with those things which were for the upliftment
of mankind. Not standing still, he took successfully, courses in ac-
counting and finance. tlis career includes ,npmlo)ynent with tihe
Federal Governmelnt at the Suibbase and the Office of Price Adminis-
tration. In 1948 he became Chief Clerk of the United States Selective
Services. Governor Paiewonsky appointed him in 1962 as Assistant
Custodian of the Government Insurance Fund. Later, he was invited
b) Governor Evans to join the Governor's Staff as Administrative
\Assistalnt to the Governor. lie has served every Governor since then
including Governor King and Governor Luis in that capacity. His
dedication; his tendency to objectivity; his integrity, are silent but
eloquent testimony of the quality of the man. His participation in
his association witl and his support of sports are legendary, stem-
ruing. no doubt, from his athletic prowess in his earlier years.
lie was an accomplished musician and organist in the grand tradition;
Ihe was a senior organist in the Frederick I.utheran Church. On the
organ, the emotional experience of listeners was inspiring. His sensi-
tivity and his compassion merely suggests his character, reputation
Stung by the passing of their son, Wayne, nine years ago, is an index
of his ability to deal with severe human loss andindicate his towering
strength and nddomitable courage. Until his untimely death, he was
an intimate and abiding friend. We shared many many happy and
some sad experiences, for me this is a deep and personal loss.
The community will miss him; his widow, Leona Roberts Benjamin,
will miss him, so shall I. May he rest in peace.
Alexander A. Farrelly
HARMONIC LODGE No. 356, E.C.
of he Unittd Grnd Lod of A. F.. Mason o/fEnfta
CHARLOTTE AMALIE S ST. THOMAS V. OF THE U. S. A. 0001I
"...... Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden
bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain,
or the wheel be broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust
return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto
God who gave it.' Eccl. XII
These words describe the passing of Leopold Benjamin. He
was made a member of this lodge in April, 1954 and continued
that association until the day of his transition. He served in
nearly all positions faithfully. Leopold will be missed, for his
quiet efficiency and his friendly willingness to minister to his
fellowmen, by all his fraternal brethren. We share this bereave.
ment with his family and many dear friends.
Harmonic Lodge No.356, E.C.
October 11, 1979
Dear Mrs. Benjamin,
Felicia and I were deeply shocked and saddened to
learn of the sudden passing of your husband, Leopold,
In all of our years in the Virgin Islands, he was always
one of our very special friends not only because of his
warmth and interest in so many facets of our eecry day
lives but because he was one of those rare human beings
who truly lived his life in the same Christian spirit as
he would have liked others to live theirs.
There is no doubt that his presence will be missed by
those he left behind but we are sure that the seeds of
goodness he sowed during his lifetime will long be felt
in the years to come.
Our family joins with many other of your friends in
extending to you and your family our deepest sympathies.
BOX .24 C.ARLOTTE AMALIE &T.TNOMA8 U.S. VIRGIN I.LANDG 00801- PHOK 774-0.02
ST. THOMAS-ST. JOHN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Inc.
Crtobcr 12, !979
Mrs. Leopold R. Bens'min
St. Thoms, Virgin la.lds
:)ear mrs. s. Crqin:
Sbehn the 3rd or dertora orT t ohe S r. h.-S..,.
Chamber or coczrce I vich to extend to yo, o sinere nyn-
pathy and ttrndiir-ce on the passine. of Your husbanj.
For count:css years, Leopold was a very active member of the
,:h~lbcr and many of us will always rerenbcr and appreciate
se srvice as a deailcated Crrjci&' of the Chamber's Board
0 f Directors. For mmy3 long yenra, hi! provi~fed r~idar~pe anil
Ileudershi In the ronnative yemrs of our organization. His.
active arnd vocal pmr-icipation In Chamber endteavors was and
wi_-_ continue to b.: an. irspiratior. to th~se of us who have
Again. may : express our deepest sy~pathy to ynj Anda~
members af the really.
Witt. heartfelt condo;vnce,
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IN THE NAME OF A FATHER
in memory of my uncle, Leopold E. Benjamin
when we climbed ancient stain
to a sanctuary redolent of forgiveness
filled our Father's house.
From a high balcony of our Sunday mornings
wafts of music fine
and spiritual decorated the house
of our Lord; decorated, defined the youth
of my existence.
We, the sons,
sawed and hammered, made
intricate things for his house:
A house of quiet, easy love and much beauty;
pictures, High Fidelity, baseball.
Families touched, extended far beyond boundaries
of mere blood.
ascended and descended church
stairs laughing; and how we trembled together
sons, daughters, praying mothers;
Worshippers: Sinnersn: Members of the flock.
said, choir and congregation depart;
A recessional "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."
Church organs, instruments of our blessing.
Dana Samuel Orie
Oct.10,1979; 11:45 p.m.
Washington, D. C.
Leon V. Roberts
Lubin V. Roberts
HONORARY PALL BEARERS
Alexander A. Farrelly
Harry "Bud" Howe
Dr. H. K. Kim
Dana S. Orie
VIRGIN ISLANDS HEADQUARTERS
SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE. ST. THoMAS
VIRGIN ISLAN=s 00110
October 12, 1979
Mrs. Leona R. Benjamin and Family
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00801
Dear Mrs. Benjamin:
It is in deepest sorrow I join his many friends,
co-workers, and surviving family in mourning the death of
Leopold E. Benjamin, whose passing represents a momentous loss
for all the people of the Virgin Islands.
Having known him personally for almost thirty years
and having proudly observed his often unrewarded contributions
to his community through his cultural, social, and commercial
interests, I am moved to avoir that the youth of these islands
would serve themselves well by emulating the sterling character
his life exemplified in his efforts to improve the morality and
maintain a better way of life for all.
On the termination of his employment with Selective
Service in 1963 a letter was issued recognizing his "diligence,
industry, tact, and good judgment in discharging all the duties
of his office" and his industry "through his own initiative, in
accomplishing tasks not related to his position but which
contributed to a smoother operation and the well-being of his
fellow employees". Wisely, he departed our small office to
enter fields of greater responsibility and reward.
We missed him greatly then. And now as he departs
from us to enter even greater and loftier heights, we shall miss
him that much more.
May His peace abide with you.
Provisional State Director