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12/3/2013 2:42:00 PM
Norman (Sonny) Leroy Benner

Norman (Sonny) Leroy Benner, 77, of Newcastle, passed away Nov. 23 from congestive heart failure after a six-week stay at Maine Medical Center.

Born in Damariscotta, Norman graduated from Bristol High School and lived in Lincoln County his entire life. In addition to a career as a wholesale salesman, Norman built, owned and operated a campground in Newcastle for 25 years where he made several lifelong friends from around the world. His early jobs as a young man for Round Top Dairy and Harris Bakery brought him in contact with many people in the area and prepared him well for his career in regional sales. Norman was also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Maine.

Norman was a good friend to his neighbors and he treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed the Red Sox (attended his first game in 1946), the Patriots, and the Celtics. He especially enjoyed the outdoors all year-round. He loved to hunt, chop wood, and plow snow, and, to the enjoyment of his family, held a clamming license through 2012. He also enjoyed visiting friends and traveling with family whether driving cross-country or flying internationally. He traveled to Spain to visit his son Michael and family in 1980, sailed on an oil tanker through the Panama Canal with his daughter Jill in 1996, and most recently, in 2013, traveled to Germany to visit a close friend.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Alice Benner, and son, Gary Benner.

He is survived by sons, Michael Benner and wife Sue of Skowhegan, and Bruce Benner of Westport Island; daughter, Jill Morgan and husband James of Long Beach, Cal.; grandchildren, Michelle Maulik and husband Joy, Josh Benner and wife Katie, Benjamin Weiser, and Lily Benner; five great-grandchildren; brother, Chester Benner; and sister, Judy Seiders.

A time of gathering was held on Nov. 26 at the Randolph United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Randolph United Methodist Church, 16 Asbury St., Randolph, ME 04346.

The family invites anyone wanting to share a memory of our father to email

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