SWANTON — Reverend Herman B. Benjamin a longtime area resident passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the Franklin County Rehab Center with his loving family at his side.

Born in St. Albans on Sept. 4, 1943, he was the son of the late Alan W. and Thelma L. (Olmstead) Benjamin.  Herm was 70 years old.

In 1961 at the Franklin United Methodist Church he married his high school sweet heart, Sandra Lothian who survives him.

Herm was a 1961 graduate of Franklin High School, a 1988 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono and a 1991 graduate of Wesleyan College of Theology.  Upon graduation from high school he worked with his father in construction, and then went onto work for O’Shea Publishing in Enosburgh, St. Albans Messenger and then Lane Press in Burlington.  Herm became a full time Pastor in 1968 serving churches throughout Maine and Vermont retiring in 2010.

He enjoyed his time with his family at their camp and on their boat, always liked good food, listening to music, reading, writing poetry, a good discussion on politics and always was known as a gadget guy.  He will be remembered most for his good sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Sandra, of Swanton, son, Curtis L. Benjamin and Melissa Manson of Fairfield, two daughters, Catherine Papazoni and her husband, Dale, of Franklin and Leslie Babic and her husband, Corey, of Barre Town; his brother, Gary Benjamin and his wife, Mary, of Highgate and his aunt, Marguerite ‘Peg’ Buck of Cromwell, Connecticut as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, March 7, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. in the Heald Chapel with the Reverend Jason McConnell and Pastor Seth Anderson officiating. Interment will be later this spring in the East Franklin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Herm’s memory may be made to Care Partners, 34 Franklin Park West, St. Albans, VT  05478 or Franklin County Rehab Center, 110 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, VT  05478.  Assisting the Benjamin family is Rett Heald and the staff of the Heald Funeral Home where messages of condolence to Herm’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.