Benjamin S. Knight, 73



LEWISTON — Benjamin Stephen Knight, 73, of Raymond, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

Benjamin, or Ben as he was known, was born in Raymond to George S. and Lula (Spiller) Knight on July 16, 1945. The youngest of six children — three sisters and two brothers — he helped his father and mother on their family farm. He married the love of his life Paula (Emery) Knight on March 4, 1967. Together, they had two daughters and a son. After they were married, Ben and Paula moved to Connecticut for a few years, where his two daughters were born. They then moved back to Maine in 1974 to help his father take care of his ailing mother. In 1975, he built his house in Raymond, across from his father’s house on Route 85 and was still living there when he passed. In 1980, he had a son who was stillborn. 

He was Road Commissioner in the Town of Raymond for four years. He loved cars and trucks and went to work for the Oliver Stores, where they sent him to the Amish Country in Pennsylvania to learn how to rebuild and work on diesel engines. He loved being outside working and eventually started his own excavation business in 1984, Ben Knight Excavation. He loved being out in the community doing driveways and septic systems and always tried to make sure he kept his costs low because to him he was trying to help instead of making a fast buck.

He loved people and loved to talk. He made many friends over the years and was well-liked in the Raymond community. Whenever he was out and about, as he would say, people would always stop and say “hi” and he would stop and talk to them no matter what he was doing.

Some of his favorite pastimes were bowling, going to the PASS series races and reading. His favorites were western novels and John Grisham books, watching his favorite shows, Gold Rush, The Curse of Oak Island, NASCAR and the western channels. He also loved going to the casino and playing the slot machines. He would go to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut while visiting his sister and niece.

His passion in life was his family! He loved his wife Paula and always said they were soul mates. His daughters, Tammy and Mary were the light of his life. Through the years, he made family his top priority and always made sure if someone needed help he would help them, even if it took away from himself. He took in many family members over the years to live because he never wanted anyone to be without a place to stay and food to eat. He always made room, no matter how hard or inconvenient it was for him.

He is survived by his wife, Paula of Raymond; two daughters, Tammy Knight Ureche of Poland and Mary M. Knight Myers of Raymond; a grandson; sisters, Phyllis Richardson of Connecticut, Gertrude Tenney of Florida and Carol Tripp of Florida.

He was predeceased by his son, Benjamin Stephen Knight II; his parents; and his brothers, George C. and Charles B.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Poland Town Hall, 1231 Maine Street, Poland. All are welcome to attend.

Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 26 West Dwinal Street, Mechanic Falls. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

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