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Darius A.  Benson
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • The Rolphie Fund
    c/o Linda Karker 665 Bush Rd.
    Cobleskill, NY 12043
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Cobleskill Regional Hospital
    178 Grandview Drive
    Cobleskill, NY 12043

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“Dear Colleen and family, There are not enough words and pages for me to state the many fond memories of Darius as a student and member of the Class...Read More »
1 of 96 | Posted by: Stephanie (Jandrositz) and Robert Tinker - NY

“Colleen and family, We are so sorry to hear of Darius' passing. If there is anything we can do to help you through this difficult time, please ask...Read More »
2 of 96 | Posted by: Ann Gelber - Janesville, NY

“Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Darius is a great guy, He will be missed by many. ”
3 of 96 | Posted by: The Riquier Family - Cobleskill, NY

“Darius was an amazing person, someone that I thought of as a friend and also someone I looked up to. I will always remember him as generous, kind,...Read More »
4 of 96 | Posted by: Ashley Pierce - Root, NY - Friend

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Colleen & boys, the Benson & Bascomb families & all who knew and loved Darius. So sorry to hear of your lose. I...Read More »
5 of 96 | Posted by: sandra dimick - warnerville, NY

“Colleen, We are so sorry for your loss. We think of you often and send you comfort in knowing you. God Bless Dawn Dennis & Beulah Waid ”
6 of 96 | Posted by: Dawn Dennis - Sharon Springs, NY

“I remember how much Darius smiled when we we still in school. He has always been a fun loving guy and wiling to help others out. He will be greatly...Read More »
7 of 96 | Posted by: Lisa (Hollenbaugh) Thornton - SC

“Darius always had a warm smile and a big teddy bear hug! I am so sorry for your loss and heartache. You are in my thoughts. ”
8 of 96 | Posted by: hank dunn (rehberg) - duanesburg, NY

“So sorry to hear about Darius, Colleen. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Deb ”
9 of 96 | Posted by: debby borucki - cobleskill, NY

“To the Benson family, We were so sorry to hear of Darius's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Darius was a very special person and will...Read More »
10 of 96 | Posted by: Jim & Toni Tauzel - Worcester, NY

“Darius you taught us all to be happy and to receive and give love to everyone around us. I know you leave us behind to carry on your compassion and...Read More »
11 of 96 | Posted by: Stacey Price & Jason & Maryn Glassbrenner - NY

“Sorry to hear your loss colleen and boys,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. the Christmans bob kelly amanda and aaron ”
12 of 96 | Posted by: robert christman

“Sorry for your loss. you and your family our in our thoughts and prayers. daruis was one of a kind and will be missed dearly. ”
13 of 96 | Posted by: robert christman - cobleskill, NY

“Our love and sympathy to Colleen, Ryan, Drew, Danette, Krystal, The Benson and Bascomb families and all who knew and loved Darius. He was a very...Read More »
14 of 96 | Posted by: Deb and Ray Steidle - Cobleskill, NY

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will always be remembered as a great preson. Richard and Kate Andersen ”
15 of 96 | Posted by: Richard & Kate Andersen - NY

“Colleen and Family, So sorry to hear about Darius. My favorite memory of Darius was when your son sang in the talent show, She Thinks My...Read More »
16 of 96 | Posted by: Mark Slater - Howes Cave, NY

“Colleen and Family So sorry to hear about Darius. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Mark, Lisa, Brooke and Tanner Slater ”
17 of 96 | Posted by: Mark Slater - Friend

“He was a year behind me in school, but we rode the bus together and I remember him always being a happy person. My wife remembers him the same way...Read More »
18 of 96 | Posted by: Charlie and Jen Hotaling - NY

“Deborah and I are saddened by the news of Darius's passing. He was simply one of the good guys. He was a down to earth genuine fellow who never...Read More »
19 of 96 | Posted by: Richard Smith - Howes Cave, NY

“Colleen, Ryan, and Drew: We are so truly sorry for your loss. He was loved by many and will continue to be loved by many. Grow with the memories...Read More »
20 of 96 | Posted by: Shane and Stacey Hayes

“Our thoughts and prays are with each of you. The world lost a great man, but he is in a much better place now. Cherish all those wonderful memories,...Read More »
21 of 96 | Posted by: Kevin, Amanda & Ryden Collins

“Would like to give my condolences to Darius' family. He wen to school with my children Richard and Maria. I remember him in his youth. my prayer fopr...Read More »
22 of 96 | Posted by: BELLA REBER - Kitty Hawk, NC

“Mary Jane & family... We are so very sorry for your loss... ”
23 of 96 | Posted by: Dave & Dixie Sperbeck - Stamford, NY

“Dear Benson/Bascomb Family, My family and I are so very sorry for your loss. In reading about your beloved, Darius, I can see what a very special...Read More »
24 of 96 | Posted by: Dolores Hatch - Wenonah, NJ

“To meet him is to know him, as that is how he was. To know him is to love him as this is how you felt about him. My heart is broken....Terri Smullen ”
25 of 96 | Posted by: Terri Smullen - Cobleskill, NY

“Colleen, Ryan and Drew ~ We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Darius. It breaks our heart. He was an amazing man and has helped out so many. He was...Read More »
26 of 96 | Posted by: Brian & Samantha Moyster - NY

“Connie, Ed and Shannon we were so sad to hear about the passing of Darius. We know he was very close to all of you and that he was loved by all. Our...Read More »
27 of 96 | Posted by: Don and Pat Markle - Howes Cave, NY

“I remember him always smiling and laughing! He was someone my nephew Jeremy looked up to, as well as many other people. Darius reminded me of a teddy...Read More »
28 of 96 | Posted by: Chrisitne Mann - Cobleskill, NY

“Colleen,Ryan and Drew, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Judy Dietz ”
29 of 96 | Posted by: Judy Dietz

“Thoughts and Prayers go out to Colleen and family sorry for your loss..God Bless ”
30 of 96 | Posted by: Lynn (Allen) Green and Husband Steve - NY

“To Colleen and the family, we are so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you all. ”
31 of 96 | Posted by: colleen and sara schaffer - NY

“Hearing of this sad news has brought me such heartache and sorrow for my dear friend Colleen and their sons. I remember the day they were married all...Read More »
32 of 96 | Posted by: Wendy Ellis Hale - Palm Bay, FL

“You will truly be missed. I will miss making sure your coffee is ready for you every morning and pickimg on you at the gas pump when your fueling...Read More »
33 of 96 | Posted by: Alicia Watson - cobleskill, NY

“My sincere condolences for your loss. Darius was truly a great man and a friend to so many. Our entire community is feeling this terrible loss. To...Read More »
34 of 96 | Posted by: Colleen R. Moore - Cobleskill, NY

“He was a great man! I know it been sometime since I've seen any of you, but I remember how nice && funny he was growing.bowling with his son! Sorry...Read More »
35 of 96 | Posted by: Erin Martin - Seminole, FL

“Leave a condolence or a memory. Colleen, Ryan and Drew, it sure was a shock to hear the sad post and he was a wonderful person and never had a bad...Read More »
36 of 96 | Posted by: Nancy & David Wainwright - NY

“My heart and prayers go out to your family and friends. You be missed dearly but I know you will be watching and smiling over all. ”
37 of 96 | Posted by: Judy slater - Palm Bay, FL

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of such a wonderful, kind and caring man. So saddened to have heard the news of the loss of...Read More »
38 of 96 | Posted by: Sally Perrotti - Schenectady, NY

“I only met Darius once. I was stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. It was in town and nearly 100 cars drove by and no one stopped...Read More »
39 of 96 | Posted by: Kimberly Ross (Holzapfel) - NY

“My dear sweet Darius, So many fond memories of us growing up together. My dad said today when you were young, you only had eyes for me. I will love...Read More »
40 of 96 | Posted by: Franja Krause Keller

“Our sincere synpathy to Colleen and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Howard & Diane Gerdes ”
41 of 96 | Posted by: Howard & Diane Gerdes - FL

“Colleen and family I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Darius. I was so overwhelmed when I heard. My husband and I just saw him in little...Read More »
42 of 96 | Posted by: Valerie Gregory (Larkin) - NY

“Heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family ”
43 of 96 | Posted by: Miller-Allen Family - NY

“I heard the tinkle of a bell. I knew a friend had found his way Home. Rest in Peace my Friend. You meant so much to me while we were growing up. When...Read More »
44 of 96 | Posted by: Maria Reber DeBraccio - Sarasota, FL

“im so so very sorry for your loss. He was a god man , and a great friend. He will be deeply missed.God bless you and may the Lord keep you in your...Read More »
45 of 96 | Posted by: destiny negron - richmondville, NY

“Thoughts and prayers go out to the Benson family. A true kind of guy that would do anything to help a person out. I will always remember that trip to...Read More »
46 of 96 | Posted by: James DiLorenzo - Cobleskill, NY

“Colleen n family my prayers go out to you.I know its hard days.Darius rest in peace old friend.You will be missed. ”
47 of 96 | Posted by: Charlene King - Cobleskill, NY

“To my very dear Cousins, I was so sad to hear about the passing of Darius. I am sorry for his wife and boys he leaves behind. I am grateful for...Read More »
48 of 96 | Posted by: Dineen Franco - Niskayuna, NY

“Our thoughts are with the entire Benson Family! We will miss Darius's radiant smile and enormous heart! Stewart's just won't be the same -- I ...Read More »
49 of 96 | Posted by: The Koeberle Family - Cobleskill, NY

“Colleen, Drew, Ryan and the whole Benson Family: My thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. I think that everyone...Read More »
50 of 96 | Posted by: Kay Thorington - Rogersville, TN

“Hardworking farm boy who couldn't do enough for kids. ”
51 of 96 | Posted by: Ron P Kleinberger & Sons - NY

“He will greatly be missed, he always had a smile that would lighten your day. ”
52 of 96 | Posted by: Tim , wendy Megan Brumaghim - NY

“Collen, Ryan and Dearest Drewbie, Words are so empty when feelings run deep.... Hoping you all take comfort in the abundant memories and wonder...Read More »
53 of 96 | Posted by: Stacey @ Coby Farm

“All my love and prayer go to Colleen and the whole family. Darius will be missed and all the good memories in our younger years will never be...Read More »
54 of 96 | Posted by: Nancy Castro - Sharon Springs, NY

“Colleen, Drew and Ryan. So sorry to hear about Darius passing. Darius always had upbeat attitude, and great sense of humor . Darius was a true...Read More »
55 of 96 | Posted by: Rich and Gayle Beller - Summit, NY

“Colleen and family, So sorry for your loss. Your family and our community have lost a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your...Read More »
56 of 96 | Posted by: Dale Schwarzenegger - Cobleskill, NY

“Dear Colleen and family, I remember bowling with Darius on the Thursday Night Mixed League in the 80's and we used to keep score together and have...Read More »
57 of 96 | Posted by: Helen Inghram - Esperance, NY

“I was always amazed and impressed at Darius's strength. He could pick up anything like it was a piece of paper. He helped Colleen and everyone...Read More »
58 of 96 | Posted by: Bev Buddle - Ciobleskill, NY

“Darius was a gentle giant who will leave a big empty space in so many lives. Always brought a smile to our faces just by pulling in the driveway. And...Read More »
59 of 96 | Posted by: Walt,Hilda Shaffer & Family - NY

“"Uncle D", You made a impact not only my life, but on others as well. Everytime I saw you there was not a smile on your face. Shared many memories...Read More »
60 of 96 | Posted by: Katie Sherman - Middleburgh, NY

“Colleen, Ryan, & Drew Darius was a "giant" of a man with the gentless heart and soul as I have ever known. So blessed am I to have been touched by...Read More »
61 of 96 | Posted by: Debbie Hagadorn - cobleskill, NY

“Colleen, if you were here I would wrap my arms around you , saying nothing! We were talking about Darius last week, laughing about something stupid....Read More »
62 of 96 | Posted by: Judy M Strauss - Cobleskill, NY

“Bascombe and Benson family you are all in my thoughts and prayers! I remember meeting Darius when I would go to the coffee shop to bother Colleen...Read More »
63 of 96 | Posted by: Rebecca Pimentel - Kissimmee, FL

“Thanks for all the helping hands through out the years, for being a good freind and neighbor. You will be greatly missed. Travel safe. Until we meet...Read More »
64 of 96 | Posted by: James Becker - Sharon Springs, NY

“What a sad day when the news came of Darius passing, he was taken so young. A model citizen in the community who will be greatly missed by everyone...Read More »
65 of 96 | Posted by: Beverly Jock - Warnerville, NY

“To the whole Benson/Bascomb family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything at all please let us know. Your memories of the...Read More »
66 of 96 | Posted by: Randy and April Johnson - NY

“I was a cashier at Noble Ace Hardware for over 3 years and Darius was one of my FAVORITE customers. As everyone does, I often came to work grumpy and...Read More »
67 of 96 | Posted by: Stephanie Lawrence - Cobleskill, NY

“Dear Colleen and Family I was very sorry to hear about your lose. My thoughts and prays are with you and you family ”
68 of 96 | Posted by: melinda moran - delanson, NY

“Gone to soon, but left an impression. 1982 go Red Devils! I remember a pep rally where Darius helped the cheerleaders in getting the crowd into it....Read More »
69 of 96 | Posted by: Tracy (O'Connor) Cleveland - NY

“Colleen and family. I am so sorry to hear about Darius' passing. You are all in my prayers ”
70 of 96 | Posted by: Karen Brecker Tansey

“To the Darius Benson Family,I grew up in Carlisle and rode the School bus with the Benson kids. And I am happy to have had the chance to see (Young...Read More »
71 of 96 | Posted by: Gary Bywater - Cobleskill, NY

“We are shocked and saddened to learn that Darius passed away on Saturday. I (Barb) happened to be spending the previous Thursday night in your...Read More »
72 of 96 | Posted by: Duane and Barb Mikler Crandon - NY

“Colleen, Ryan, and Drew, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prays are with you.. ”
73 of 96 | Posted by: Candie Miller - NY

“Ry, Drewber and coleen...words can't express how sorry i am for your loss. Darius was the most fun loving and friendly person ive ever met in my...Read More »
74 of 96 | Posted by: justin kepple - cobleskill, NY

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Colleen. With all you give to so many, to have your husband taken from you so early is tragic. Please keep all...Read More »
75 of 96 | Posted by: Heather Johnson - Warnerville, NY

“No words can express the sorrow I feel for the loss of your Darius. May God watch over you and your family. Your family at ...Read More »
76 of 96 | Posted by: NoBarbara Edwards - Cobleskill, NY

“Our hearts go out to the family. Darius was loved by many and this will be a great loss to this community. God bless ”
77 of 96 | Posted by: Pete & Penny Lushkevich - NY

“Colleen, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. Darius was a wonderful, caring husband and father, a hard worker and would always...Read More »
78 of 96 | Posted by: Terri Amey Moore - Richmondville, NY

“Darius was loved by many and will be missed in many more ways then we can imagine. Cherish the good memories and lean on your friends for comfort &...Read More »
79 of 96 | Posted by: Pete & Penny Lushkevich - NY

“Colleen, Ryan, & Andrew, We are so sorry for the sad loss of your husband and father. Every time I would see Darius he would be smiling and...Read More »
80 of 96 | Posted by: Bill & Chrissy Schroeder - NY

“Colleen and family we are all so sorry for your loss.No words can express our sadness foryou.We will pray for all of you to get through this hard...Read More »
81 of 96 | Posted by: Donna TAYLOR - cobleskill, NY

“While I only met Darius once, I heard a lot about him over the years from my sister, Colleen Steidle and from what I heard, he was a kind and loving...Read More »
82 of 96 | Posted by: Lyn Stadler - Hamburg, NY

“So very sorry to hear about Darius... I have known him for many years.. Always had a smile on his face....Thoughts and prayers to you Colleen and...Read More »
83 of 96 | Posted by: Donna Dilorenzo - Cobleskill, NY

“What a shock my heart hurts for all his family and friends. What a man. always smiling caring for his fellow man, giving of himself. While helping at...Read More »
84 of 96 | Posted by: Lynda Fuegmann - Richmondville, NY

“Our sincere sympathy to the family of Darius Benson. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joe and Laura Henzler ”
85 of 96 | Posted by: Laura Henzler - Schoharie,, NY

“To the Benson Family ~ So very saddened to learn of the passing of Darius. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult...Read More »
86 of 96 | Posted by: Paul Larkin Family - NY - Friend

“Colleen, words can not express how shocked and sad we were to hear the news of Darius. He will be missed by many who enjoyed his quick wit and smile....Read More »
87 of 96 | Posted by: Lee and Nancy Strassburg - Seward, NY

“Colleen so ,so sorry to hear of this .We remember meeting Darius in Lawyersville little store when we first moved here in Lawyersville... He and his...Read More »
88 of 96 | Posted by: Roger and Janet Dietz - NY

“Colleen there are no words that will make this better maybe just knowing he was doing what he always did (work). We are here for you and your family...Read More »
89 of 96 | Posted by: Wayne and Robin Cooper - NY

“My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to your family.. I am in such shock over this..Darius you will be GREATLY missed.. Will never forget all the...Read More »
90 of 96 | Posted by: Karen Rodriguez - St. Johnsvlille, NY

“Aunt Colleen and family, I am so sorry he was truly an amazing man and always made me laugh ”
91 of 96 | Posted by: bobbi - summit, NY

“Darius was a very good friend he will be missed his big smile walking though the door at Marlows and his jokes he had to tell. Our thoughts and...Read More »
92 of 96 | Posted by: Dawn Marlow - East Worcester, NY

“My dear brother- You were always such a solid rock through good times and sad. I will greatly miss your support, your bear hugs and telling me all...Read More »
93 of 96 | Posted by: Mary Aron - sloansville, NY

“We are saddened by the news of Darius's passing. We hope you find comfort by the memories you have and the knowledge that he touched so many hearts...Read More »
94 of 96 | Posted by: Janie Russell

“Darius, you were a great man who was always there for my Dad. I never forgot that; and always kept that in my heart how helpful you were. My Dad...Read More »
95 of 96 | Posted by: Pete Schultz - Cobleskill, NY

“MS COLLEEN WE AT THE DIAZ HOME ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MOLLY ;BARBARA LETTY AND THE 3 KIDS ARE PRAYING FOR...Read More »
96 of 96 | Posted by: Molly andKids - Cobleskill, NY


Janesville- Darius A. Benson, 49, of State Route 10, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Cayuga Lake area.

Born August 27, 1963 in Cobleskill, he was the son of David A. and Katherine (Rockwell) Benson. Darius was a 1982 graduate of the former Cobleskill Central School and was a dairy farmer until March of 2002. Currently he was a self employed truck driver and also worked for Cold Springs Farm of Seward.

Darius touched many lives in his travels. His smile and personality were electric, his capacity to love unmatched, and openly expressed toward family and friends alike. He was the well played Santa for the past eight years for "Little Italy Santa Comes to Town" and he so loved his role. He also enjoyed camping and traveling with friends and family, and poker with the guys. A hero in every sense, he was always there to help with a kind hand and will be sorely missed.

Survivors include his wife: Colleen (Bascomb) Benson, whom he married August 25, 1984; his children: Ryan (fiancé, Danette Price) Benson of Howes Cave and Andrew (Krystal Page) Benson of Central Bridge; "secondary son" Jeremy (Angie) Clapper of Janesville: four sisters: Deborah Benson of Morganfield, KY, Vicky (Steve) Boettcher, of Albuquerque, NM, Mary Jane (John) Aron of Sloansville and Polly (Rob) Henzler of Central Bridge; his brother, Dan (Brenda) Benson of FL; mother-in-law, Marion (Rickard) Bascomb of Cobleskill; brothers and sisters-in-laws: Paul (Mary Ann) Bascomb, Kathy (Mike) Moore, Michael (Diane Spano) Bascomb, and Connie (Ed) Elsensohn all of Cobleskill; his very dear friends: Ray and Deb Steidle and Jed Shamansky; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 138 Washington Ave. Cobleskill with Sr. Connie James as celebrant. Family and friends are also invited to a period of visitation to be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 5 to 8 PM at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill. Cremation will follow the service at Vale Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cobleskill Regional Hospital, 178 Grandview Dr., Cobleskill, NY 12043 or The Rolphie Fund, care of Linda Karker, 665 Bush Rd., Cobleskill, NY 12043.