Bryan Wayne (Bobby) Benay

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Born November 6, 1946 in Geraldton, Ontario – Died February 9, 2019, Edmonton, Alberta.

Bryan passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of February 9th, after being showered with love and adoration by those who held him dearest, his children and grandchildren.

Bryan was the fifth born of nine children of Alice and Jack Benay spending the majority of his youth in Edmonton chasing girls with his brothers, occasionally finding trouble and teasing his sisters.

After being an Air Cadet as a teenager, he joined the Air Force. It was there his career in aviation started. During his air force years in Ontario, he met and married “the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, Maralyn” and they welcomed the arrival of their first daughter, Stephanie.

After the airforce, he joined Pacific Western Airlines (PWA), where he travelled the world with the Hercules Operations group, making lifelong friends. He often referred to it as the best time of his career. His family expanded to include Kristine “Daddy’s girl” and he and Maralyn bought their first home in Fort Saskatchewan. Here they raised their family and spent over 25 years, actively participating in the community through the service clubs and St. George’s Anglican Church.

His career continued with Canadian Airlines and Air Canada as Duty Manager at both the Municipal and International Airports and finally with the Edmonton Airport Authority, where he shared many hours of laughter with his colleagues. People often described him as a fair straight shooter and a good listener, although his daughters wonder about that as he spent many years answering “no” to any question that started with “Dad?”.

He was passionate about golf and would spend hours regaling anyone who would listen with stories about golfing, and the epic “hole in one” he had on the 15th hole at Radium Hot Springs May 8, 1994. If you knew him then, you undoubtedly received a phone call that day excitedly retelling the story. Most importantly, he proudly turned his grandsons into passionate golfers and remained unbeaten by any of them. He reminded them of this all the time.

Bryan’s love of his grandchildren was known by anyone who gave him a few moments of their time. After living in a house full of women, it was a momentous day when his first grandson Matthew was born. That day, he became “Grampie”. With Matthew he had a partner in crime, a kindred spirit, a fellow lover of ice cream and his forever “Bud”. Seven years later, his “boy”tourage expanded with the arrival of namesake twins, Nicholas and Nathan. Eight months later, twins Jackson and Katelin arrived, and he became the proudest Grampie on the face of the earth. Each of them represented a piece of his heart and the love he had for them was limitless. Imagine, how over the moon he was 10 years later, when Stephanie married Cam, and with him came Cam’s twin daughters, Lyndsey and Maysyn.

Bryan was predeceased by his parents; brothers John and Barry (Butch), sisters Jean and Estelle. Also greeting him in heaven are his father and mother-in-law, Melvyn and Evelyn Frost.

He leaves to celebrate his memory his wife of 52 years, Maralyn, daughters Stephanie Benay (Cam Moore), Kristine Benay (Desi Trusty, Brittany and Devon), and grandchildren, Matthew Benay, Nicholas and Nathan Nelson, Katelin and Jackson Dexter, Lyndsey and Maysyn Moore. He also leaves his adored older brother, Larry (Marlene) Laramee and sisters, Pat Kennedy, Sandra Cormier and Shelley Adamowski; brother and sister- in-law, Barclay Frost (Janet) and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was never one for sentiment, but he would want you to know if you were his friend, he expects you to vote in the election and not for that “idiot Trudeau” or “knucklehead Notley”. Also, he is most likely going to continue to send tasteless internet jokes and political nonsense emails from heaven, so check your spam folders (and don’t open at work).

Please join us for a memorial service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 4416 50 Street, Leduc on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 1:00pm. Lunch to follow. Bring your stories and memories. We will.

Memorial donations in Bryan’s honour may be made to St. Columba Anglican Church
5703 – 50 Ave, Beaumont, Alberta, T4X 1C4
https://www.stcolumbaanglican.ca

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Christine Simard

My deepest condolences to you Maralyn and the family.

“Nothing can change the wonderful ways a cherished one touches your life. Grief can’t take away the good times you shared, and sorrow will fade in time… but the memories will remain FOREVER”

You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Christine

Mike & Gail

Such sad news of Bryan’s passing! Within our hearts & prayers may we express our deepest sympathies & sincere condolences to his beloved Maralyn, their precious family, whom he embraced with such unconditional love & pride plus their extensive, dear friends & aviation alumni. I had the immense privilege of working with Bryan & experiencing his mentorship over many years with the Airport Authority @ EIA. I so admired his ‘true grit’ considering his health challenges … ‘per ardua ad astra’ (‘through adversity to the stars’ / RCAF). Bryan will be sorely missed by many & so fondly remembered by all. RIP dear friend!

Jerry and Sheila Maroosis

Our heartfelt condolences to Maralyn, Christine, Stephanie and all the family. Bryan was one of a kind, genuine and very special. We have many years of wonderful memories of Bryan when the family lived next to us in Fort Saskatchewan. After they moved to Beaumont we seldom got together except every time we were travelling we would look for Bryan at the airport both when we were departing or landing. Most times we were able to find him and have a coffee and catch up. He always brightened our day with his humour and witt and bragging about his daughters and grandchildren. Being able to stay connected via email and facebook was a pleasure. We will miss him dearly. We will never forget him and how he touched our lives.

Jamie & Jack Lain

Our sincere condolences to you, Maralyn and your family. You are in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. Love, Jamie & Jack Lain

Lorne Kuny

It is with great sadness that I hear of Bryan’s passing. I had the privilege of working with Bryan at both yxd and yeg although at the time I was a union rep and Bryan was management we had to represent opposing sides. I always enjoyed the back and forth between us and never once did we lack respect for one another’s views. I found Bryan to always be fair and sensible. I spent many hours visiting with Bryan over the years and we always put our opposing work positions second to our friendship. He was a great man and will be sorely missed my thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.
God Bless.

Kathy & Bob Mills

Maralyn & Families:

May you know God’s Peace holding you in these days.

Love,
Kathy & Bob Mills

Wayne Kempton

I worked for a decade with Bryan at XD. A sentiment below says that “he was one of the best co-workers I ever worked with…he was supportive & always had my back”. I wholeheartedly agree. Because we shared an office (literally), my operational & staffing decisions often affected him – especially if he followed me on the afternoon shift. And when I screwed up, not once did he throw me under the bus.

A greater measure of the man though, was how much he loved his family. And how proud he was to become a Grandpa. I know he is missed by you all, but how blessed you are to have had him in your lives.

barbvrolijk

I worked with Bryan at Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. I was sad to read of his passing.
My sincere condolences to all his family.
May you find peace and joy during this time of grieving.

Sue & Jack Burgess

Our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patty Schachter

Every time I saw Bryan over the years at PWA he ALWAYS had a smile on his face or a quick quip. A true gentleman he will by missed by a lot of people!!!

Ann Bidlock

I was a flight attendant for PWA, Canadian and Air Canada and knew Brian for a long time. The last time I saw him was at a protest at the Alta. Legislature about 3 years ago. We continued to exchange political news. He stood up for his views and will be missed. He left us too young. RIP Brian.
My sincere condolences to the family.

Brenda Mehmel

Bryan and I were co-workers as Airport Duty Managers for the Airport Authority at Edmonton International Airport. During our time working together we developed a strong friendship and he became one of my best friends. We had many long conversations about various topics and shared many a good laugh. He was one of the best co-workers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He was so supportive, always had my back, and I learned so much from him.

I was able to share a couple of golf games with him and I remember the one when we played with Ross Popik, another good friend, and marvelled at Bryan’s antics on the golf course in order to get into the heads of his fellow golfers so they would flub their next shot. If he was successful in doing this, he would have a great laugh afterwards.

I also remember the time when I was working the night shift and was called about a kitten stuck in the engine area of a car located in the Value Parking lot. We were able to retrieve the kitten and I brought him back to the office. Bryan relieved me the next morning and I thought he wasn’t going to be too happy to have to cat sit until we found the little guy a new home. When I was leaving the kitten starting climbing up Bryan’s pant leg and when I looked back was perched on Bryan’s shoulder and Bryan had a huge smile on his face.

If you knew Bryan, you knew his strong love for his family and how proud he was of each and everyone of them. He took every opportunity to speak of them.

Though we never spoke about it directly, we knew, due to his health issues, that the probability of Bryan living into his eighties was low. He always expressed his concern about ensuring that the love of his life, his wife Maralyn, would be taken care of both financially and otherwise, upon his passing and that is why he worked so hard to ensure that was the case. He was so proud of Maralyn and all her accomplishments.

I will miss him dearly and never forget this wonderful man who I had the great pleasure of working with and knowing.

RIP my dear friend. I will never forget you and all you did for me! Brenda

Gary & Judie Gilsig

We are so sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. May wonderful memories comfort you in the weeks and months ahead.

Brenda Mehmel

To Maralyn and family. I am so sad at the passing of Bryan. I worked with him as an Airport Duty Manager with the Airport Authority at Edmonton International Airport and we developed a great friendship. He was one of the best co- workers I have had during my career; always supportive, always had my back, and taught me so much. I did get to share a golf game with him and Russ Popik and marvelled at his antics on the golf course, always trying to get into the head of the other golfer to try and make them flub their shot. We shared so many laughs together, but the one thing he talked about the most was his admiration and love for his family. He was so proud of each and everyone one of you, and spoke about all your accomplishments. I know, because of his health issues, he knew deep down, that he would probably not see his eighties, but he was a fighter and never gave up. His main concern was that upon his passing that the love of his life, his wife, Maralyn was taken care of financially and otherwise, so he worked hard to ensure that. I will miss him dearly and never forget him. RIP my dear friend! Brenda Mehmel (co-worker, but most importantly, friend)

Michelle Feeney

Sincere condolences to all the family. Will miss your humour and messages. Love ❤️ to the Family

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