Award-winning Gorham Farmer, Eddie Benson, dies at 65

Award-winning Gorham Farmer, Eddie Benson, dies at 65

Edward’ Eddie’ Benson, a well-known farmer in the agricultural circle, died on Sept. 24 2022. At the time of his death, he was 64 years old. He had a larger-than-life personality which was beloved by all who knew him.

Eddie Benson Family:

He was born to Alton H. and Katherine (Young) Benson on Feb. 6, 1957, and raised on the Kay-Ben dairy farm in Gorham, home to one of the first herds of registered Holsteins in the state. Eddie graduated from Gorham High School in 1975. He met his wife, Rebekah “Becki” Daggett of Gorham, and they married on Sept. 23, 1984. 

Who was Eddie Benson? 

Eddie dedicated his career in agriculture to developing an internationally recognized dairy herd. His dairy herd made him win several notable awards, including Outstanding Young Dairy Farmer, Maine Dairy Farm Family of the Year, and the New England Green Pasture Award. In addition, he had countless honors resulting from his work to improve the herd in genetic excellence, milk production, and milk quality. 

He diligently managed over 300 acres of farmland and excelled in hay and forage production. Eddie came to the limelight when he brought a 30 feet dead shark on the truck to use it as compost. He involved his children in the industry at every opportunity, developing a string of show cows that received accolades at local and national shows.

Cause of Death

The reason behind his death is unknown, as the family has not shared anything related. He was predeceased in death by his father and his brother. He is survived by his beloved wife, two daughters, a son, and his grandchildren. His extended family and friends will remember him. 

His visiting hours will be held at Cressey Road Methodist Church on Friday, Sept. 30 2022, from 4 pm to 6 pm. A memorial service will be held on Oct. 1 from 1 pm.

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