Phillip A. Benware

Phillip A. Benware, 77, of Mayfield died Saturday July 11, 2020, at Albany Medical Center Hospital after a courageous battle with a rare kidney disease.

He was born in Tupper Lake on Oct. 17, 1942, a son of Romeo and Gladys Dupuis Benware, and was educated there. Phil moved to Mayfield in 1994 to be closer to his children.

Mr. Benware owned and operated Benware Logging in Tupper Lake. He continued to work as a truck driver until his retirement.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son, tinkering in his shed and spending time at the casino with his wife. Phil was known for his sense of humor, mostly in the form of teasing, secret handshakes and not-so-famous songs. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters: Shirley Facteau, and Nancy and Mary Benware; and two brothers, Gordon and Richard Benware.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Denise Leroux Benware, whom he married on Feb. 19, 1966; a daughter, Julie Benware of Saratoga Springs; a son, Timothy Benware of Broadalbin; three granddaughters: Ashley Watson of Ballston Lake, Amy Watson of Saratoga Springs and Amber Benware of Broadalbin; a great-grandson, Maddox Brodsky; a great-granddaughter, Ahri Whitehead; two sisters, Connie Amell of Saranac Lake and Linda (Daniel) McGivney of Warren, Ohio; two brothers, Bruce (Callie) Benware of Fulton and Charles (Deborah) Benware of Tupper Lake; a sister-in-law, Margaret Benware of Tupper Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown. A prayer service will be conducted at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jun Segura. In accordance with current health guidelines, facial coverings and social distancing are required. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home.