BENSON, Paul Oehler, 73, died in his home in Tucson, Arizona June 30, 2013. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. He was born January 21, 1940 in Buffalo, New York. He was a graduate of Trinity Pawling School, Pawling New York, the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah and an Army veteran. He was a retired photojournalist whose work with McGraw-Hill and Creative Communications Services/PR took him to London, England and throughout the United States. In the 1990's he earned his private pilot's license and certified as a private pilot flight instructor. His involvement in the aviation community earned him a Master Instructor designation from the National Association of Flight Instructors. A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, motorcycles were Paul's preferred mode of transportation until he was 65. He was one of the first motorcycle safety instructors certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and taught motorcycle safety in New York with the late Gaspar Trama, Jr. He was a Life Member in the American Motorcycle Association. Paul was a painter and cartoonist. His cards, paintings and political cartoons are testimony to his talents and unique view of the world. Following a stroke in 2005, Paul became active in the aphasia community in Maywood, New Jersey and Tucson, Arizona, where he and his wife moved in 2007. His post-stroke determination demonstrated to all that life is always worth living. Paul will be remembered for his irreverent humor, caring nature, artistic brilliance, and the great pleasure he took in people. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Eileen Erickson; a brother, John; a sister, Stephany (Creamer) and beloved relatives and extended family. A private Memorial reception will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at his home in Tucson. Donations are suggested to the Adler Aphasia Center, 60 W. Hunter Ave., Maywood, New Jersey 07607. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
BENSON, Paul Oehler
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