Garry Benson West
Jamaica- Garry Benson West, 77, of Route 30, died unexpectedly Friday morning, October 16, in the comfort of his home.
Mr. West was born in Londonderry on July 26, 1943, the son of Malcolm and Mona (Benson) West. He attended public schools in Londonderry and graduated from Chester High School with the class of 1961. Following graduation, he went to work for the Stratton Corporation (1961) and worked his entire career at Stratton from where he retired in 2013 following 52 faithful years of service with the resort.
Before moving to Jamaica, he resided in South Londonderry, where he was an active volunteer with the Champion Fire Department. After moving to Jamaica, Mr. West became an active volunteer with Jamaica Fire & Rescue for 41 years, serving one term as assistant chief.
Known for his Yankee stubbornness and being opinionated at times, Mr. West will be remembered for his spirit of friendship, steadfast work ethic, and being a true gentleman who considered himself a simple and humble man.
He was a faithful and devoted husband and loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather whose life centered around his family.
Mr. West enjoyed gardening, puttering around his home, and following NASCAR, as well as being an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
On December 18, 1964 in Jamaica, during a simple ceremony for family and close friends, he was married to Bonnie L. Smith, who survives.
Besides his wife of 55 years he leaves two sons, Dana and wife Danielle, of Jamaica, and Dale and wife Darcy, of Townshend; one sister, Janice King, of Dummerston; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Malcolm Jr., Everett, and Walter, who died during childhood.
Graveside committal services were conducted Sunday, October 25, at Pleasant View Cemetery in Jamaica, with Pastor Peter Carlson officiating.
Fire department honors were accorded by members of the Jamaica Fire Department.
Memorial contributions in Mr. West’s name may be made to Jamaica Volunteer Fire & Rescue, PO Box 285, Jamaica, VT 05343; or to Rescue Inc., PO Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To share a memory or send condolences to the family visit www.atamaniuk.com.