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Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
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Jay Benedict

Jay "Teonietathe" Benedict

Tuesday, June 27th, 1961 - Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Jay Benedict, Teonietathe, 58, was called home by creator on Enniskó:wa/March 30, 2020. Surrounded with love, Jay has found peace after a lengthy illness. His spirit is carried on through his parents Charles (Buster) and Pat Benedict, his wife Lisa Francis-Benedict, his daughters Dorian Benedict and partner Pat Tasse-Phillips, Janisa Benedict and partner Jake Martin, his grandchildren Taeys, Ever, Kansas, Kennen and Indi Mae, his siblings and their wives Keith (Keesee) and Nola, Billy, Willie and Darla, Quinn and April, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jay, was Turtle clan and a self-proclaimed lifetime member of Akwesasne. He was a loving Husband, Father, Tota Man, Uncle, Son and beloved friend to many. Jay was born on Ohiarí:ha/June 27, 1961 in Cornwall, Ontario to Pat and Buster Benedict, who along with his family are very proud of all of the great accomplishments Jay achieved throughout his life and during his many years of service to the Akwesasne Mohawk community. Jay exuded a passion and dedication toward his role as the MCA, Director of Technical Services (DTS). With his 37 years of service he leaves behind a legacy of successful projects, strong mentorship of Akwesasne’s young engineers, and an overall desire to improve the community as a whole.

When Jay wasn’t in the office you would find him enjoying pontoon rides with his loving family on the waterways of the St. Lawrence, which he treasured so dearly. He also enjoyed working the garden, and riding his four-wheeler. He was always one to enjoy a good joke and will be remembered for his laughter and smile. He took a great deal of pride in his home, his beloved wife Lisa, his daughters Dori and Janisa and his grandchildren. He found tremendous joy in being a Tota Man who loved hugging and giving his infamous mustache-adorned kisses to his grandbabies. You would find him a frequent fan at their Lacrosse, Hockey and dance recitals, or taking them along on his adventures hiking mountain tops, or skiing the slopes. He truly cherished his family and the time he spent with each of his loved ones. His passion for life will be remembered and his impact on the community will be greatly missed.

Due to the current restrictions in place for the COVID-19, services for Jay will be held privately under the care of the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Cornwall Island Methodist Cemetery.

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A celebration of life is being proposed to take place on Ohiarí:ha/June 27, 2020 at his residence. Further details will be confirmed and announced at a later date.

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    Cornwall Island Methodist Cemetery
    Lilly Way
    Akwesasne, ON
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Douglas Smoke

Posted at 10:41am
Jay and I were teammates, and opponents, in every sport Akwesasne had to offer since we were kids. The only thing we didn’t do was race our pontoons on the river that he loved. We are all going to miss Jay’s distinctive laugh and his keen sense of humor. He will leave a tremendous void for those of us who thought of him as a true gentleman.
Lisa, and family, Diane and I send our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.


Posted at 11:13pm
Jay was one of my first high school friends at GVSS. Proud to have known such a selfless man and sending condolences to Jay’s family.

Bob Howsam

Posted at 06:56pm
Jay was a special kind of person. He cared a lot for the people of his community and the work he did for them. But he also was willing and passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise with all communities in Ontario. He will be missed

Marc Gauthier

Posted at 06:54pm
I have known Jay since the 80's doing multiple projects with him and with the MCA and got to know him as well as many other wonderful people from Akwesasne. To add to what others have said about Jay's great smile and laughter, he's my funny anecdote. During the renovations to the Kahwenoke Community Centre and the Elders Lodge, Jay turned to me one day while we were inspecting washrooms, gave me a very serious look and said: "how come we do not have washroom partitions?" (they hadn't been installed yet). I then gave him the same serious look while trying to keep a straight face and replied: "we are trying a new concept - you know, no walls and saving money at the same time - you get to meet the person next to you". At that moment he exploded in a loud laughter that I will never forget, a laughter and smile that will surely be missed. Rest in peace Jay and thank you for your patience, understanding, and as Bill stated, your fairness. Our deepest condolences to the Benedict family and friends. Marc and Diane Gauthier

Kevin Debassige

Posted at 01:45pm
Jay Benedict brought so many gifts and insights to our lives. I will treasure the 18 years i have worked alongside my friend. Miigwetch Jay.
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