Latham- Roger Benedict, 84, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Born in Odanak, Quebec, Canada, Roger was the son of the late Levi and Jessie Benedict. Roger was the devoted husband to the late Donna Benedict and enjoyed 31 years of marriage.
Roger was a member of Christ the King Church. He served the Catholic Faith as a Deacon on the Reserve while living in Odanak, Quebec, Canada. Most recently he enjoyed serving his community at the Atria Senior Living leading the Rosary and as a spiritual ambassador.
Roger was the last surviving full blooded Abenaki Indian of Odanak Reservation in Quebec, Canada. His Native American heritage was deeply important to him and he enjoyed educating others about it. He also enjoyed painting, carving and had a very close relationship with nature.
His most cherished memories are those created while spending time with family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and shared a special relationship with his nephew, Chancey Benedict. He will be dearly missed.
Roger was preceded in death by his loving wife, Donna Weingardener Benedict; step daughter, Lisa Fischer; siblings, Floyd, Paul, Ralph, Joe, Chancey and Genevieve.
Roger is survived by his loving children, Debbie Trombly (Bert), Roger Benedict (Connie), Donna Martin (Greg), Kim Livingston (Mark), Louis Fischer; grandchildren, Jacquelyn, Ryan, Zachary, Megan and Autumn; great-grandchild, Kennedy and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at Christ The King Church, 1 Sumter Ave, Albany NY 12203. A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date on the Reservation of Odanak, Quebec, Canada.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Peter's Hospice.
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