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David Benner, Sr.

July 14, 1933 ~ March 13, 2022 (age 88)


David A. Benner, Sr., 88 of Nobleboro, passed away on the morning of March 13, 2022 at the LincolnHealth - Miles Campus in Damariscotta.  Born on July 14, 1933 in Nobleboro, he was the son of Arthur and Helen Benner.

David worked for his father in the family store, but his favorite thing to do was driving.   He purchased a pulp truck and began hauling wood to the paper mills for many of the local woodcutters.  “Born Free” was painted across the front of his truck so you knew it was him.

He married Dorothy Grover on December 31, 1950.  They resided in Nobleboro where they raised their four children.  David spent many Saturdays and Sundays ice fishing on Duck Puddle Pond.  On Saturday nights, he and Dot could be found dancing the night away at Rosedale, Lakehurst, The Rendezvous or Crystal Falls.

In 1991, he bought his 1966 Chevelle convertible, had it fully restored and then he was off to the car shows every summer for the next 20+ years.  There was hardly a Sunday he didn’t bring home a trophy.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; second wife, Carolyn; sister, Beatrice; and his son, Peter

He is survived by his children, David Benner, Jr. Wayne Benner and Amy Fossett; son-in-law, Edward Fossett; grandchildren, Michelle Friel, Trevor Benner, Harley Benner, Cooper Benner; and girlfriend, Jenny Abbott.

David was a lot of fun with a great sense of humor.  We will end his story with some of his favorite quotes:

  • "He knows too much for one and not enough for two.”
  • "Don’t touch me if you don’t love me.”
  • ”If it cost a nickel to shit, I’d have to puke.”
  • ”Talk is cheap, but it costs money to buy rum.”
  • And last but not least, “You’re a long time dead.”

A time of visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00pm, on Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta, ME 04543.  He will be laid to rest privately in the spring.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting:


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