It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to our beloved mother and grandmother, June Benjamin, who passed away October 30, 2020 at the age of 94 years.
June is lovingly remembered by daughters, Glaide and Catherine (Peachy), and son, Weston, as well as grandchildren, Morgan and Cassandra and daughter-in-law, Wilma. June was predeceased by her husband of twenty-five years, Lawrence (Benny) Benjamin (d. 1973) and son, Easton (d. 1975). She leaves behind three sisters, three brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews. June also had two goddaughters.
June was born to David and Dorothy Reid (nee Garner) on September 10, 1926 in Toronto, Ontario. She was the second oldest in a family of twelve. June finished high school in Toronto and aspired to become a nurse. However, the large family needed additional income during the difficult years of the Second World War, so June was asked to go to work. She developed superb secretarial skills and after the war, followed her younger brother out west to Alberta and lived in Calgary for a short time before moving to Edmonton. In the late forties, June met a handsome fellow named Benny Benjamin. They married in 1949. After their first two children were born, they moved into a house and had two more children.
Benny had a career in advertising in those years then became a concert promoter during the 1960s. It was an exciting time and June greatly enjoyed seeing the shows and meeting many of the biggest names in show business. She had a lot of stories to tell and it was always a pleasure to hear them. Her kitchen table was the heart of her world. She regaled many people with wonderful tales of the famous and the aspiring. And it was there that she read books by the great writers and wrote cards and letters to the people whose birthdays and significant dates were kept in a special book.
June was an active member of her community: swim instructor, figure skating program coordinator, and fundraiser for various causes. She was keenly interested in what her children were involved in: sports, travel, education, relationships with people and places near and far. She traveled with them to California, Hawaii, Mexico, Belize, Taiwan, and many parts of Canada. She loved learning. Her children remember her for many reasons, but the enduring image is of her being fiercely protective and always supportive and encouraging them to live a life of curiosity and passion.
June Benjamin’s greatest legacy is her impact on the many people who remember her kindness, acceptance, consideration, and poignant thoughtfulness. She was a great person who believed her place on earth was to make others feel good about themselves.
Family members would like to express their gratitude to the staffs at Jubilee Lodge Nursing Home, the Emergency Response Unit of the Grey Nuns Hospital, and Serenity Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, June’s family would like donations to be made to any of the following organizations: WIN House, Edmonton Humane Society, Winnifred Stewart Association, and the Canadian Red Cross. With the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, a conventional service is not considered practical. Notification of a celebration of June’s life planned for the spring of 2021 is pending.
If Roses Grow in Heaven
If Roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother’s arms and tell her they are from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her and when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day,
But there is an ache within my heart that will never go away.
Serenity Funeral Service – North Central Chapel – 780-477-7500