Mario Benjamin at 79


Mario Benjamin Mario Benjamin of Cruz Bay, St. John, died on Jan. 14, at his residence at the age of 79. Mario was born on the island of St. John on April 3, 1936, to Jeremiah Benjamin (deceased) and Belencita Abbott Benjamin (deceased). He was raised in a Christian home surrounded by his nine siblings: Manuleta Donastrog, Nellerine Rhymer, Marian McDaniel, Dassilda Buncome, Delita Rawlins, Malgarita Allen, Eleanor White and Isaiah Benjamin.

Mario is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Benjamin; mother-in-law, Cupertine Gardier; stepdaughters: Sandra Thomas and Ingrid Merrifield; brother, Isaiah Benjamin; sisters: Nellerine Rhymer, Marian McDaniel, Malgarita Allen, Eleanor White and Yvonne Benjamin Tatum; special step nephew, Evans Doway; godson, Elvis Antonio Powell; as well as many other nephews, relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a viewing at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Bethany Moravian in Cruz Bay, St. John. The service will follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Bethany Moravian Cemetery.

Arrangements under the care of Hurley Funeral Home and Cremation Center of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Tortola.

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