All official enquiry into the circumstances associated with the death of Joseph Benoit, of Cape St. George, seaman of the Nfld. Royal Naval Reserve, who had been serving on the steam-drifter Loyal Star, at the time of the accident already referred to in the WESTERN STAR, was held at the Royal Hotel, Ramsgate, the day following the accident. Seven witnesses were examined, including John Benoit, a cousin of the deceased, who was serving on the same ship and was with Joseph Benoit at the time of the accident. Sub Lieutenant Lewin, who was in charge of the boat, explained that in order to save a ship from striking a mine, rifles would be fired. He said that their boat carried three such rifles, and added that any seaman might be expected to handle them, He understood that John Benoit was cleaning a rifle when the accident occurred. Capt. Grace and William Horne, the mate of the Loyal Star, were next examined.
The latter had noticed that the boys had been great friends. He had also noticed how the death of Joseph Benoit had affected his companion. He was greatly excited and told the commander that he had the rifle on his knees when it became discharged accidentally. The other witnesses gave similar evidence. John Benoit stated that he was an ordinary seaman of the Loyal Star. He and the deceased had been boys together at Cape St. George, Newfoundland, and were both 18 years of age. They enlisted together, and were always great friends. At the time of the accident he was on watch, and the deceased was with him for company. He was sitting with the rifle on his knee, and the deceased was standing at his left. He did not think it was loaded, and did not know what made it go off, The boat was rolling and he had to move to keep his balance. He did not think his clothing touched the trigger. The Coroner regretted that this young life given to the service of his country should be lost in such a manner. After a brief deliberation the jury returned a Verdict of "Misadventure."
Excerpt from The Western Star Newspaper, June 18, 1915
VICTOR J. BENOIT,
FIVE NAVAL RESERVISTS LOST
Commander McDennott; H M.S. Calypso, received a message Wednesday morning from the Admiralty, stating that five members of the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, who had formed part of the crew of the Armed Drifter Frons Olivar were lost when that ship struck a mine and was blown up the previous day in the North Sea. The men are :
Victor J. Benoit, son of Joseph Benoit, Cape St. George.
Walter James Hynes, son of Mrs. David Hynes, Port au Port.
George Hussey LeDrew, brother of John LeDrew, Cupids.
Stephen Sparks, son of Mrs. Fanny Sparks, Georgetown, Brigus. Has another brother serving who joined at the same time.
Wm. Mark Woolridge, son of Elizabeth Woolridge, Fogo.
(Excerpt from The Western Star, Wednesday, October 20, 1915)
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Madeline Benoit announce her passing at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville on Monday, July 8, 2002 at the age of 73 years. She will be sadly missed by six sons: Wayne (Madge) Benoit, Carl Benoit (Ann Boland), Ted Benoit (Loretta Jesso), all of Ship Cove, Robert (Kim) Benoit of Ontario, Lenny (Lorna) Benoit, Bernard (Coleen) Benoit, all of Prince Edward Island and four daughters: Carolyn Jesso (Russell Elsworth), Hilda Marshall, Mercedes (Lew) Sheppard, all of Stephenville, Brenda Benoit of Mainland and daughter-in-law Lizzy Benoit of Ontario; two sisters: Regina Wheeler of Ship Cove, Stella Jesso of Sheaves Cove and two brothers: Limbert (May) Jesso, Howard (Alma) Jesso, all of Ship Cove and sixteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren: Blake and Jossie and a large circle of relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry E. Benoit. Friends may call at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Piccadilly on Tuesday (after 2:00 P.M.) and Wednesday. Funeral Services took place on Thursday, July 11th at 10:30 A.M. from Our Lady oft Fatima Parish, Piccadilly with interment in the) Roman Catholic Cemetery in Ship Cove. As expressions of sympathy flowers or donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Funeralt Arrangements were under the supervision of Russell's Funeral Home, 39 Queen Street, Stephenville.
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Elizabeth Jesso announce her passing at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville on Friday, July 5, 2002 at 7:15 a.m. at the age of 67 years. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband, Ronald P. Jesso and four sons: Bernard (Lillian) Jesso of Flin Flon, Manitoba, Alban (Karen) Jesso of Cape St. George, Alphonsus (Mandy) Jesso of Cape St. George, Terrence (Sarah) Jesso of New Brunswick and six daughters: Magdalen (Robert) Rouzes of Cape St. George, Venecia (Lenny) Jesso of Prince Edward Island, Margaret (Robert) Jesso of Stephenville, Wanda (Don) Scott of Manitoba, Winnifred (Lindon) Jesso of Stephenville, Linda (Lawrence) Chaisson of Cape St. George and three brothers: Patrick (Venecia) Chaisson of Manitoba, James (Hughina) Chaisson of Cape St. George, Stanley (Alice) Chaisson of Cape St. George and one sister, Pauline Chaisson of Manitoba; twelve grandchildren and a large circle of relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence and Margaret Chaisson and her sister, Gladys Cornect. Friends may call at Our Lady of the Cape Parish on Sunday, July 7th (after 4:00 p.m.). Funeral Services took place on Monday, July 8th at 10:30 a.m. from Our Lady of the Cape Parish, Cape St. George with Interment in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Marches Point. Funeral arrangements were under the supervision of Russell's Funeral Home, 39 Queen Street, Stephenville.
BENOIT, Mary Elizabeth
of Lourdes, NL
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Mary Elizabeth Benoit announce her passing at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville on Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 2:20 a.m. at the age of 53 years. She will be sadly missed by her son, Glen (Jeanne) Benoit of Kippens, her daughter, Glenda (Michael) Walsh of Kippens and special friend, Carl Duffney of Stephenville and four brothers: Bill (Madonna) Skinner, Henry (Linda) Skinner, George (Elaine) Skinner, Isaac (Urinna) Skinner, all of Stephenville and four sisters: Tina Jesso (Lawrence Gallant) of Stephenville, Sarah (Bernard) Gastia of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Dinah (John) Vatcher of Stephenville, Ernestine Flynn of British Columbia and two grandchildren: Tamara and Deidre, along with a large circle of relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents. George and Mary Skinner and her brothers, Kevin and Leo Skinner. Friends may call at Russell's Funeral Home, 39 Queen Street, Stephenville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Services will take place on Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. from St. Stephen's Parish, West Street, Stephenville with interment in the Hillside Interfaith Cemetery, Hansen Highway, Stephenville. As expressions of sympathy, flowers gratefully appreciated.
Bay St. George Long Term Care Centre (Formerly of Black Duck Brook)
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Aloysius Duffney announce his passing on Sunday, October 27th, 2002 at Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, Stephenville, at the age. of 84. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories daughters; Marie Carroll, Halifax, NS, Mary (Billy) Barren, Stephenville, Theresa (George) Duffney, Kippens, Mercedes (Carmon) Slavenwhite, Bridgewater, NS, Deloris (Virgal) Jarvis, Lunenburg, NS, Margaret (Leo) Gossenlin, Halifax, NS. Sons: Aloysius (Wilma), Bridgewater, NS, Clifton (Grace), Lunenburg, NS. Gerard (Pam). Dartmouth, NS, Wayne (Nancy), Dartmouth, NS, Michael (Darlene), Lunenburg;' NS, Robert (Sharon), Grand Falls-Windsor, and Leonard (Ruby), Stephenville. 26 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Brothers: Kevin, Black Duck Brook, Hubert, Winterhouse; sisters: Annie Doucette, Port au Port, Sophie Quann, Bay St. George Long Term Care Centre and Megdaline (Norman), Laughner, Ohio, USA, as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his wife Martha. Friends may visit Fillatre's Funeral Home. 25 Prince Rupert Drive on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with visitation continuing on Tuesday from Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Lourdes, from where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 30th, at 2:00 p.m., Fr. Jan Gal officiating. Interment to follow at the Roman Catholic Cemetery, West Bay. As expressions of sympathy, flowers graciously accepted or donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, Stephenville.
BENOIT, Norman Joseph
Bay St George Long Term Care Centre
(Formerly of Sheaves Cove)
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Norman Joseph Benoit announce his passing at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville on Monday, February 17, 2003 at the age of 82 years. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Sarah and eight sons: Kevin of Sheaves Cove, Raymond of Ship Cove, Pius of Sheaves Cove, Peter of Cape Breton, N.S., Joey of Dartmouth, N.S., Jimmy of Bronx, New York, Terry of Dartmouth, N.S. and five daughter: Angie, Margaret, and Reba of Montreal, Sarah of Mississauga, Bertha of Dartmouth and three brothers: Wilfred of Stephenville Crossing, Nicholas of Montreal, Alcid of Dorchester, N.B. and one sister Reba Boulos of Deer Lake, 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Peter Paul and Selina Benoit, son Norman Jr. and daughter Marie. Friends may call at Our Lady of the Cape Parish, Cape St. George on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-9 p.m. Funeral Senrice will take place on Friday, February 21st at 10:30 p.m. from Our Lady of the Cape Parish, Cape St. George with interment in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Sheaves Cove. Funeral arrangements are under the supervision of Russell's Funeral Home, 38 Queen Street, Stephenville.