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Paul Andrew Benedict, 77, passed away on Monday morning November 20, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving children after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio on December 11, 1945 the son of Michael F. and Catherine A. (O'Dea) Benedict. He was raised in Niles and lived on Hunter Street most of his life. Paul was the owner and operator of Paul Benedict Installations, servicing and installing garage doors and openers for over 50 years. He was a graduate of St. Stephen Elementary School and a 1963 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Warren. He honorably served in the United States Navy and was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church.
Paul was an entrepreneur and created his own income to provide for his family. His last “real paychecks” ended in the 60’s from Erie Lackawanna Railroad. He worked as subcontract labor for several local businessmen as he found his own way. Painting, installing storm windows and doors, and as a laborer for masonry and concrete contractors. He started an auto salvage yard until his overhead door service company took off.
Paul’s primary hobbies were home improvements and trading door service for just about anything he might find in someone’s garage. Making something useful that was on its way to the trash seemed to bring him great satisfaction. He always loved a challenge and could fix just about anything. Friends, family, and customers would stop by the house or call for advice on repairing cars, appliances, or any home maintenance needs. Paul also loved history and would read or watch anything about America or the world.
Later in life he developed an interest in Native American culture and began collecting artifacts. He enjoyed searching and collecting arrowheads from the tri-county area and had amassed quite a collection. He loved nature and considered himself somewhat of a junior botanist – he was particularly good at transplanting trees and growing weeds in his garden. One particular blue spruce transplant spent Christmas in the Living Room with a root ball wrapped in plastic until it made its way to the back yard.
He enjoyed time in the kitchen cooking and baking, and was on a never-ending quest to bake the perfect loaf of bread. Every fall he would purchase hundreds of pounds of cabbage and begin the process of fermenting, making and sharing sauerkraut with his neighbors
Paul is survived by his wife Susan Irene (McCombs) Benedict whom he married on July 1, 1972; four children, Bridget (Stephen) Holko of Cleveland, Paul Michael Benedict of Scottsdale, Arizona, Daniel Steven (Kelly) Benedict of Mesa, Arizona, Meghan C. (Kenneth) Rihel of Niles; seven grandchildren, Marley Benedict, Stephen (Jennifer) Holko, Ethan Holko, Reiley Benedict, Hayden Rihel, Owen Benedict, Aislin Benedict; four sisters, Mary Catherine Tabor of Niles, Anne (Jerald) Cole of Howland, Rose Quinn of Niles, Noreen Benedict of Westerville; sister-in-law, Jeannie Benedict of Florida and many friends who always loved to hear a joke. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Michael Benedict and brother-in-law, Malcolm John Tabor.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday November 24, 2023 at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. A Service of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday November 25, 2023 where friends may also call on hour prior to the funeral. The Rev. Thomas Ziegler will officiate. Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation (Honoring American's Veterans) www.garysinisefoundation.org