Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Wayne Randolph Benjamin
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Wayne Randolph Benjamin
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Wayne Randolph Benjamin
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Benjamin, Wayne Randolph Book 1
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300068
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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August 31, 1945 July 19, 1970

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

July 22, 1970

Time 2:30

S& Thanit. yV.1 :

July 20, 1970.

Mr. and Mrs. Leopold E. Benjamin
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Dear Leopold and Leona:

How saddened we all are over the tragic loss of your dear
son, and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers
are with you in this moment of your sorrow.

May your reflections on the joy which he brought to you
bind you ever closer and serve as a source of great comfort as
you mourn his passing.

Phyllis joins me in deepest sympathy to you and all the


Melvin H. Evans


It pains us all to lose someone
As dear to us as Wayne
His loss will be remembered
And things won't be the same
His cheerful smile, his friendly way
Will live within our hearts
Like an eternal light in heaven
As his spirit now departs
Farewell now, my brother!
You'll never be alone
God bless him and keep him
And guide him safely home.


Wayne, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin, was born
August 31st, 1945.

As a boy, Wayne pursued a large variety of interests both in-
tellectual and active. He spent many hours working on his stamp
collections and also loved music. Wayne excelled in sports, base-
ball and softball, were his favorites. He carried his interests in
sports into adult life and was Manager for the Amalians softball
and baseball teams.

Wayne graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School and went
on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1966, at the Interameri-
can University in Puerto Rico. He majored in pyschology.

He then entered the U. S. Army serving in the medical corps
with a rank of SP/5. until 1968. While in the army, Wayne was
stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Sam Houston,
Texas and Kassel, Germany.

After leaving the army Wayne worked as a health inspector for
the Department of Health.

Following his conviction that young people should pursue
careers in private business, he left the Government and helped
establish Entrepreneurs, Inc., whose subsidiaries include the Crim-
son Parlor; Five-O-Building Material and Equipment; Five--O-
Construction; and Smith, Marchena, Walwyn Engineering Service.

Wayne held the position of treasurer in Entrepreneur, Inc.
until most recently when he was elected General Manager by the
Board of Directors.

Wayne was active in politics and helped organize the Mel Plaskett
for Senator Committee.


Leona & Leopold Benjamin PARENTS

Miss Nellie Benjamin of Frcdcriksted GRANDMOTHER


Miss Almeade Benjamin

Miss Lucille Roberts

Miss Ilva F. Benjamin


Mr. Lionel V. Roberts, Sr.

Mr. Aubrey I. Benjamin


O God Our Help In Ages Past

My Jesus As Thou Wilt

Whatere My God Ordains Is Right

Thine Is The Glory

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin:

We were deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden and un-
timely death of our close personal friend Wayne.

Through out the many years we knew Wayne, he had the respect
and admiration of everyone who came into contact with him. Few
in so short a lifetime acquire so warm a personality and so fine an

As a young Virgin Islander he possessed the basic personality
traits associated with greatness humility, and compassion for his
fellow man in all walks of life.

At a time like this, mere words are empty and shallow, but yours
is a suffering which is universal ..... which belongs to every human
being in every corner of the world. A deep anguish which, sooner or
later, cuts into every human heart ...... strong and weak.

But as cruel as life can be, it is far better for we who carry on to
put forth a little extra effort above and beyond what we would have
ordinarily put forth just as a slight token to ourselves of our de-
termination to do our best, and that in memory of those for whom
we care.

You can be sure that we, among your many friends, are with you
in spirit in your hour of bereavement.

May our thoughts encourage you to carry on ......

The Manassah Francis Family.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11.

There comes a time, when words regardless of how fitly spoken,
are inadequate to express the deep feelings and sentiments of the
heart. Such a time is the occasion of the death of our beloved
friend and associate Wayne Randolph Benjamin. Our friendship
and association with him is an experience that will have a lasting
effect on our lives and business. His devotion to his family, his
untiring efforts to make our venture a success, his contribution to
our society and the world, cannot be measured by any means. We
had every confidence in his ability and dedication, and therefore,
by a unanimous decision of our Board of Directors, appointed
him the General Manager of our Company, about a week before
his death.

To those who knew him as well as we did, he was a source of
inspiration, a source of comfort, a source of strength. The world
needs more young men like Wayne, whose lives light a path that
leads to successful achievements. To us, the Virgin Islands is a
much darker place without him. He always had a smile, a word of
understanding, a word of cheer. His attitude was certainly one of
which we can all be proud.

Fate has claimed its victim. But what he was, what he stood for,
his hopes, dreams and aspirations, will still live on. They must
live on, for to permit them to die will be to dishonor the memory
of a brilliant and outstanding young man. One who LIVED and
yet LIVES.

We cannot replace him. But we can continue to fan the flame
which he kindled in the hearts of so many young people. He will
be greatly missed by us throughout the years to come, and we
will always feel a deep sense of appreciation because we knew
Wayne Randolph Benjamin.
James F. Smith, President
Leroy L. Marchena, Vice President
Kenrick Thomas, Asst. Secretary.

Eulogy to A Dear, Beloved Friend, Wayne Benjamin
by Mel Plaskett
Centuries ago. St. Paul stressed the importance of each person to God and con-

himself. The victory of life is death, but the creed of life is not how long we
live, but the purpose for which we lived.
My dear friend, Wayne Benjamin, had a purpose in life, for he was a human
being with heart and soul. He did not live idle, selfish, unsympathetic, seeking
what he can get without cooperation, comradeship or brotherhood.
Even lastingly mindful of his way of life and the noble deeds he has done, life
itself was not a neat conclusion, it was within the reach of success and failure,
joy and sorrow. It matters not how long a man lives, but the purpose and
goals he achieves while living.
Today as always, there can be no mourning of farewell, for he has fought a
good fight andshall be remembered in our minds and hearts as we knew him
to be helpful, happy, thoughtful, and a human being.
Let us remember that our Beloved friend, Wayne was a human being, who was

What hand of fate has struck him down in his prime?
What hand of fate has denied to his parents, to his friends and to his associates
the pleasure of his time?
Affable, gregarious and young, he enjoyed life and lived life as if he did.
I knew him; I knew him well and loved him.
Loved him like a brother.
There was a bond between us. not so obvious, but warm and strong.
Perhaps not typical of his generation, he was perceptive, contemplative and
above all utterly dependable.
Wayne is gone now and his departure is so unreal, so unreal that it almost
seems he is still here.
Certainly, he will always be with us in spirit.
For we shall long remember him.
A brief but as usual enjoyable chat the night before the fatal event makes his
departure seem so illusory yet we know he is no longer here.
We shall miss him dearly.

Alexander A. Farrelly


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