John E. Benway

May 17, 2013       

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    John E. Benway, 61, of Mechanic Street, died Wednesday, May 15, at his home.

Born Aug. 9, 1951, in Watertown, the son of Everett R. and Doris M. Cummings Benway, he attended Watertown High School and graduated from Schenectady School of Welding in 1989.  

Mr. Benway had worked for Converse Welding and Patterson Welding before retiring in 1989.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, collecting Native American Indian Artifacts, 80s rock music and his family and friends.

Surviving are a son, Scott Allen George, Watertown; two brothers, Leonard Benway, Ogdensburg, and John T. Benway, Watertown; four sisters, Delores (Ray) Vialpanto, Idaho, Jean (Alvin) Bowman, Fla., Chiquita Gebo, Watertown, Margo (Richard) Fuller, Syracuse; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

John was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Doris and a grandson Jon Neujean.

There will be a calling hour 11 a.m. to noon Monday, May 20, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at Brookside Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his honor to the SPCA or American Diabetes Foundation.

Condolences may be made at

Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.