David B. Benson, 92, died April 7, 2021, in Portland. He was born in Southwest Harbor, April 12, 1928, the son of Peter T. and Katharine (Gatcomb) Benson.
David attend grammar school in the Seawall one-room schoolhouse containing eight grade levels. He graduated from Pemetic High School in Southwest Harbor and attend Aurora University in Aurora, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army Paratroops during the Korean War. He was also involved in a number of small business enterprises and enjoyed them all. Among these was a soft serve ice cream business, commercial laundry, lobster trap mill, auto dealership, seafood restaurant (Lobsterland) and garage repair shop. David built a number of family homes, the Southwest Harbor Motor Inn Motel and the Southwest Shoppes Shopping Center.
David was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Southwest Harbor, Past Master of the Tremont Masonic Lodge No. 77, Anah Temple Shrine and a 30-year member of The First National Bank board of directors, where he served the last five years as chairman. David served four terms in the Maine Legislature with the last four years as the Republican floor leader. He worked 17 years with the Legislature as a lobbyist for a number of organizations. He was a past member and a chairman of the board at MDI Hospital and a member of the original board of the College of the Atlantic.
David is survived by the love of his life and best friend, Anne (Foster) Benson; two sons, William Benson and partner Betsy Richards and Thomas Benson and wife, Robin; a brother, Peter T. Benson III; grandchildren, Alicia Gordius and husband, Jason, Derek Benson, Holly Bailey and husband, KJ: great-grandchildren, Rory Gordius and Brock Bailey: many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother William; sisters Margery Emmott, Francis “Betty” Bachman and Katherine Bjorndal.
Private services will be held at Mt. Height Cemetery, Southwest Harbor. Those who desire may make contributions in David’s memory to the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 437, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.