He was a member of St. Mark’s Lodge 44, served on Derry’s Budget Committee, was a Taylor Library trustee and served on Derry’s Economic Development Committee.
He also held establish the Derry Dog Park, was a member of the Frost Festival Committee, Nutfield Senior Center board and Highway Safety Committee.
In 2005, Benson was named one of Derry’s “Living Treasures” and was also named to the Pinkerton Hall of Fame in 2006.
Derry Town Administrator John Anderson remembered his friend for his strong leadership and dedication to his hometown.
“Grant’s smile and the twinkle in his eye will be missed,” Anderson said. “His leadership and insight helped to create much of what is great about Derrry. His love and dedication to this community was a goal we should all strive to imitate.”
Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said Benson was a good friend to both her and her late husband George — part of a group of citizens who took the community’s well-being to heart in many ways.
“This is like the end of an era,” she said. “(Grant) did so much for this town, people will never know.”
Anderson said Benson will be remembered for not only helping building a family business that has lasted generations, but also for his big heart.
“His legacy will carry on for years to come,” Anderson said. “Grant was a man who you may have disagreed with on policies or positions, but he was always a friend in the end. A truly great man, with a huge love for this community. I personally will miss my lunch dates with him.”
Brad Benson said his father would be remembered for his commitment to his family and his town.
“He loved this community and fought for it every day,” he said. “Our hope is that we will be able to continue to honor the desires and passion our dad has had for this community. We will certainly miss his passion, commitment, smile and sense of humor.”