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Charles Benjamin

July 17, 1940 - December 30, 2021

“We cannot depend on the eloquence of the bureaucracy.

We cannot depend on the excellence of the academics.

We can only depend on the good conscious of man”

Charles Benjamin, also known as Cyril or Benjie, age 81, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Born in Guyana, South America, on July 17, 1940, he was a son of the late Joseph and Rose Benjamin. Charles received his early education at St. Mary De Virgin Anglican School, Guyana Technical Institute where he studied Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, he worked for L.B.I. Estate, Bookers Store, and Guyana Timbers Ltd. During his leisure time, he loved to listen to music and watch various movies, tv shows, and sports, specifically cricket, tennis, boxing, and football. Charles was a man of many traits; hardworking, calm, friendly, knowledgeable, outgoing, stubborn at most times, but overall, a human being.

He met the love of his life, the girl on his mind, Hortense Phillips, in March 1975. One year later, they were married. They had one daughter (Candace Benjamin). They were married for 45 Β½ wonderful years.

A man of many skills and a jack of all trades, he was a family man, loving co-worker, avid gardener. Most of all, Charles will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, and a wonderful, caring friend.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 Β½ years, Hortense (Phillips) Benjamin; daughter, Candace Benjamin; siblings, Margaret Aaron, Compton Benjamin (Shirley), and Clement Benjamin (Pam); father and mother-in-law, Royston and Elsa Phillips; and brothers-in-law, Roger Phillips, Franklin Phillips, and their families and the late Andrew Phillips. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by 2 sisters and aunts, uncles, and numerous other family members.

The Benjamin family would like to thank the staff at CWE, especially Ray Okane, Rebecca, Maria, Darly, and Ophelia (OP); niece, Keola Phillips James; Mrs. Grace Blades, Berkeley Wharton, and Barbara F.; Auntie Janet and family; and Pastor Amy Wright from Hope Lutheran Church and her congregation. A special thanks also to the Staff at Season’s Hospice for their love and support shown to both Charles and his family during his final months, including his case manager, Madison, Christina, Roxanne, and Chaplain William Irons.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12 pm until 1 pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 1 pm. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine. Interment will be held privately.

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18 Condolences for Charles Benjamin

  • Candance I’m so sorry for your loss sending prayers and hugs and blessings to you and your family may God Bless you in this time of need and be with you and your Mother ,Peace and blessings Ginny Gesner

  • Hortense, Candace and your family are in my heart and mind. My condolences on the passing of your husband and father. May God give you the peace that you seek. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of your loss. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. Hold tight to your memories. Blessings.

  • To Hortense and Candice our Sincere Sympathy in the time of your loss, from Desiree and cousin Alma

  • To Candace and Mrs. Benjamin, I pray that you have peace, comfort, joy and love that only God can give. He sees you. He understands. Much love from our family to yours. Wanda and Jennifer

  • Heartfelt condolences from Ted, Nicole, and Laura, to Hortense and Candace on the heartbreaking loss of your husband/father. We hope you find peace in knowing that Charles is no longer suffering, and he will comfort you in spirit through your difficult days to ones filled with happiness and peace.

  • DJ, It was a real pleasure meeting your delightful daddy. I will always remember him sitting outside at the office at the picnic table while we chatted lightly about life. He was a real cutie, and I am terribly sorry for your loss. πŸ™

  • Our deepest condolences to the Benjamin family. Through the darkest hours, the loneliest moments, God’s love will surround you, his strength will upload you, his peace will fill your hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers πŸ™.

  • My condolences to his entire family especially his seven children living in Guyana South America. Ian, Paula, Marcia Orin Nicole, Christopher and Anthonette Benjamin know that God is in charge and all will be well . To be absent from the body is to be present with the lord.

  • On behalf of myself, 6 siblings, your 15 grandchildren and your 8 great grandchildren Rest in Peace & Rise i Glory

  • Heartfelt condolence to the entire Benjamin family from the Robinson family. Memories of the happy times we had will live on. Gone but never will be forgotten. Rest in perfect peace my brother, we love you but God loves you best.

  • Candace sending my condolences to you and your family.

  • My condolences to you and Candace from the entire Allicock’s family hold strong unto God he will comfort you give peace and strength if you seek him and he will take away your pain πŸ™ over time

  • My sincere condolences to the family circle of our dear Grandfather. On behalf of the grandchildren (16) and great grandchildren (13) and myself. May the closing of this day bring all the reminding family today. God bless us all as a great family. Sending love and hugs most of all my sincere prayers to us all. Blessings!

  • You will be missed Uncle Cyril, Condolences to you Aunty,Kids,Grandkids and the Benjamin Family May he R.I.P πŸ™πŸ½πŸ•Š

  • To my dear husband Floyd Ian Benjamin and his siblings my condolences. God has all the answers.

  • I had fun memories of Cyril going up in Beterverwagting Village. As a young man I’ll go to look at him when he is taking is run up to make his delivery to the batsman he bowling to ….O Boy you will hear is sound when the batsman couldn’t play that ball and it passes close to the stumps …Woooow
    Wa Man not out. Try again Cyril…
    Condolences to the family.
    RIP my friend. Peace

  • Uncle Cyril,
    Since the day you left us in BV, as a little girl of maybe 15, I yearned to see you again through the many years. Always wondering where is my Uncle, how is he, when will I see u again…because unknowing to u, u were so big in our little lives and now the void you left is now forever bigger…
    Sincere condolences to Mrs. Benjamin + daughter, my cousins Ian, Marcie, Orin, Nicole, Topher, Anne and Paula and all their children
    As your Mum’s sister aunt Florie would always say family is family and always will be because blood thicker than water….in much pain Esther

  • Cyril we loved you but God loves you best. May your soul rest in peace and may Family find solace.
    Hortense and Candace please accept our condolences.
    The Gibson Family.