Margarette "Obee" Benjamin
Obituary for Margarette "Obee" Benjamin
Obee, aged 97, died at home in her sleep December 20, 2019. Born in Tatsfield, England, as the only child to Leonard and Dorothy Obee. She came to Canada on a British Schoolgirls Cricket Tour of Canada through Roedean School in 1939 when war broke out and it was decided she would be safer here than going home to England. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Remby Benjamin. She is survived by her five children: Judith Cookey, Dartmouth; David Benjamin (Elizabeth), Beaverbank; Robin Benjamin (Tom Daly), Crousetown; Bruce Benjamin (Pamela), Dartmouth; Nikki Benjamin, Zealand, NB; as well as 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. In her own words, written shortly before she died, “I have had a wonderful life, most of which I couldn’t have conceived in my childhood. My path was radically diverted by the outbreak of W.W. 2, but the changes it caused made my adult life so very happy, in a new country where I immediately felt at home in a sense I had never had as a child. I got married to a wonderful husband; we had a large and awesome family - all as different from each other, and each one so interesting in themselves. We are, like Canada, a multi-racial lot, and I’m proud of that, and of each of you.
The family will be holding an open house 'Celebration of Life' for Obee on January 18, 2020 from 2-4pm at Oakwood House in Dartmouth, NS. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Obee’s name to North Woodside Community Centre, or any other worthy charity.
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