Obituaries

Arthur "Artie" Benoit

20/01/1987 - 18/12/2020

Obituary For Arthur "Artie" Benoit

January 20, 1987 - December 18, 2020

It is with so much sadness, shock, disbelief and heartbreak to all his family and friends, that Arthur James Douglas Benoit made his last wildly inappropriate and probably sarcastic comment on December 18, 2020.

Artie was a strong, loving man, a hard worker with a big soft heart and a proud, larger than life persona. He had no greater pride than being a dad to his two amazing babies Cash and Zoey who he loved so very much; they were his whole world. They melted that tough exterior he always had. They had him wrapped around their fingers and hearts. He was loving, fun and hilarious. Up for anything whether it was gaming and basketball with Cash or princess make-up and rap time with Zoey; he was down for it all! He loved to sing and dance with them, take trips to the park and have ice cream movie nights with snacks and the mattress pulled out to the living room. They are his pride and joy. He was high school sweethearts and eventually a husband to sweet, beautiful Melissa for many years and though they didn’t remain married, they’re friendship stayed. They were best friends and co-parented amazingly together along with Melissa’s husband, Kyle. Artie held much love and respect for them and he will never be able to thank them enough for continuing to love cherish and carry on his legacy in Cash and Zoey. He grew up surrounded by many cousins and friends. Artie will always be protecting and watching over his children and all his loved ones as the proud strong warrior he was.

Ever since he was a baby, He had the most infectious, bigger than life laugh and smile and impacted everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He had the strength, stubbornness, determination and pride of his Dad, Benny. He had that tough exterior but also carried the soft heart, kindness and helpful ways of his mom, Diane. He had enormous love and pride for his brother Derek. He was an amazing father, a beloved son, loving brother, adored Grandson and loving nephew to many awesome uncles and aunties. He was the coolest most fun uncle/cousin ever; he loved teasing them all and making them laugh with his ridiculousness. He was the most fun, crazy, cherished friend, and the life of the party.

Arthur will be greatly missed by his Mother Diane Cooke, Brother Derek Benoit, his children Cash and Zoey Benoit-Copeland, Ex-Wife and Best Friend Melissa Copeland (Kyle), Nephews Madden Benoit and Tanner Roesler, Auntie Joanne Whiteduck, Auntie Barbara Cooke, Auntie Kathy Cooke, Auntie Beverly Caron, Uncle Stash Benoit (Helen), Auntie Dale Benoit-Zohr (Osborne), Auntie Carol Kohoko. As well as many Cousins; Kellie (Randy), Connor, Mason, Tanner, Chuck (Andrea), Mackenzie, Jaxon, Jennye (Kyle), Nishayah, Aaliyah, Taven, Oaklynn, Madison, Mary (Tom), Macy, Maggie, Josh, Jake, Sherry (Morris), Mitch (Michelle), Hayley, Ethan (Tiara), Silas, John-Paul (Lisa), Taylor, Joey, Kruz, Steven (Crystal), Hunter, Kamryn, Raven, Gerry (Kellie), Liam, Daniel, Connie, Audra, Samantha, Florence, David, Amanda and Paul.

He will be missed by his dear friend and confidant Frankie, his “homies for life” in Jay, Kris, Carter, Matt and Mitch and so many more cousins, friends and work family.

Arthur is pre-deceased by his Father Douglas ‘’Benny’’ Benoit, Grandfather Arthur Benoit, Grandmother Maisie Benoit. Grandmother Rita Cooke, Grandfather James Cooke, Uncle Mark Cooke, Uncle Russel “Doc” Benoit, Uncle Brian “Cody” Benoit, Uncle Keith Benoit, Uncle Glen Benoit (Val), Uncle Garry Kohoko, Aunt Carla Commanda (Howie), and Cousin Patrick Cooke.

If we could please ask for prayers and tobacco laid as he begins his journey into the spirit world, where we know his Dad is waiting to greet him along with all his other loved ones gone before.

A private viewing was held at Bear Creek Funeral Home. Due to COVID restrictions, access to this memorial was very limited, we sincerely apologize we could not include all of those who wished to attend.

We will have a celebration of life for Arthur at a later date, in both Grande Prairie, AB and Pikwakanagan, ON. That information will be made available as arrangements are made.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Bear Creek Funeral Home for being so very accommodating during this difficult time.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Artie was a brother to my husband and so I was a sister to him. Overtime our bond grew stronger. I will never forget when Artie and Kris would remind each other of when to get flowers for Melissa and I or remind each other of important dates such as "monthsary/anniversary" because one of them was bound to forget! That method did not work because they still forgot to remind each other (lol). If there's one thing I appreciated most about Artie was his listening capability and his compassionate wisdom. I would confide in him like I would a brother and he would just listen and listen. And I never once felt judged. We were at one point each other's Dr.Phil and Oprah. Artie's sense of humour was questionable (lol) but that was the glue to our friendship. Dearest Artie, I will miss you forever brother. I love you and you will always be in my heart. -MJ
- Mary MJ
There are no words to take away your pain right now, to Artie's friends, family, know that he touched each of our lives with a little something, and that he was a gift from the Creator, may he soar with the Eagles.❤️
- Judy Ellis

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