Jonah Benson

August 31, 1933 to September 17, 2023


With heavy hearts and a lifetime of wonderful memories we announce the passing of Jonah Benson at Saint Luke’s Home on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at the age of 90. Predeceased by his wife Olga, parents Lydia and Newman Benson, and brother Ern.  Leaving to mourn daughter Valerie Benson (Jason Byrne); son Stephen (Colleen); grandson Riley Byrne; granddaughters Amanda and Michaela Benson (Jon Lee); sister Geneva (Ross Ivany), as well as a number of other relatives and friends.

In 1973, Jonah founded Woodland Nurseries, a strong family-run business that he remained active in until recently.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Fairhaven Unit at Saint Luke’s Home for the care and compassion shown towards him during his stay.  Special thanks to staff Hannah, Bill, and Dana.

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Tuesday, September 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, 1 Westerland Road, on Wednesday, September 20 at 11 a.m.  Jonah will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Olga at the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road.

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in his memory may be made to the Cancer Care Foundation.



2-4 p.m. on September 19, 2023

7-9 p.m. on September 19, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Wednesday September 20th

St. Augustine's Anglican Church, 1 Westerland Road

Interment to follow in Kenmount Road Anglican Cemetery.


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I just heard of your Father’s passing.
My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Deepest condolences to you Micheala and your family. I know you thought so fondly of your grandfather and will certainly miss him. . Thoughts and prayers are with you.

On behalf of my Mom, Ruby Anstey and myself I would like to send deepest condolences on the loss of Mr. Benson. Mom lived across the hall at Bishop Meadon Manor and spoke kindly of him.

I will always remember uncle Joe’s smile! Both Joe and Olga will be in my heart forever. I sincerely wish you both love and strength on this next chapter of your journey.

Steve, Colleen & Family,

I was so sad to hear about your Dad’s passing. I have great memories of working at Woodland Nurseries so many year ago.

Carolyn Jenkins

Valerie and Jason,
We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family as you mourn your dear father. United with you in our grief.
Eva and Scott Lee

Steve, Colleen and family
My sincere condolences to all ,your family during this difficult time . Mr Benson will certainly be remembered by all.
Jacqueline Butt
Floral Elegance

Geneva, Ross, & families- So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I hope that the many good memories that you all have help ease the pain of the loss over time.
Thinking of you all at this time.
Judy in NY.

To the Benson family so sorry to hear of Jonah’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. God Bless. Eric and Amy.

Thinking of all of you at this time.Sorry for your loss.
Debbie Lestar

Stephen; Colleen and Family
Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I remember him popping in the nursery when I worked there. Such a pleasant and friendly man. I know he will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences to you during this difficult time..

Our deepest condolences to all the Benson Family. My heart breaks for you all. I hope you find peace in knowing your dad/poppy is no longer in any pain. Another beautiful angel watching over us.
Big hugs to you all
Love, Denise & Dennis Matthews