Amar Benoit – A true gentleman
The Way I See It
by DON WEST
We make choices everyday. Choices can be good ones or bad ones, and many times young people make the wrong choices and do so because of influence by peers or parents. Choosing a role model can be difficult, and generally speaking, a good role model should come from the home. Unfortunately, in many broken homes today, a good role model is severely lacking or totally absent. So many of the young have to find a good example elsewhere.
Earlier this week, this community lost one of those good examples. Wherever one happened to encounter this gentleman, his presence was a compliment to the gathering. Usually, one would see him in a white shirt, tie, suit or sport coat. But if at a casual gathering, such as the ball park or stadium, his attire was casual but neat and he always accessorized with a smile. Naturally, beginning his career as an automobile salesman, he was friendly, courteous and made anyone feel comfortable around him. He spent many years as the general manager of a Ford dealership and was the consummate financial wizard that helped make it successful under the tutorship of his boss.
His labor was hard, his dedication obvious, and his concern for those he governed were traits of a man who many could and did follow as a good example. He showed that dedication and love, not only on the job, but in civic organizations, church and in many community functions where he not only worked, but took leadership roles. Though he was dedicated to all of those, his role as father, husband, grandfather and friend to all were his most cherished. His children and grandchildren are testaments to his being that good role model, not perfect, but always striving to bring the best out of himself and to encourage those who followed to also strive for that highest rung on the ladder. He was stern when necessary but gentle and caring when the situation called for tenderness.
As an independent businessman in and around this community for many years, I can tell you that I was influenced by Mr. Amar Benoit, a true pillar of this community. His honesty, integrity, determination and caring attitude for his family, friends, co-workers and the community at-large are gifts that will continue from his legacy. His physical and intellectual drive to accomplish all that he could extended over 90 years and only diminished recently.
Young people, take a look at the legacy of Amar Benoit. Try to duplicate what you have seen. Work hard, love harder and face the world with a smile. If you accomplish just a small portion of what Mr. B has, you can call yourself successful.
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