Thomas A. Benoit - Chepachet

Thomas A. Benoit - Chepachet

Thomas A. Benoit, 70, a man who embodied faith, passion and hard work, entered into eternal rest on June 1. He was the beloved husband of Lucille M. (Mandeville) Benoit and father of Luc Benoit.

Tom was born in Woonsocket on Dec. 14, 1950, to the late Thomas and Evelyn (Verreault) Benoit. He was the youngest of three children, and is predeceased by his sister, Mariette (Benoit) Brule, and brother, Eugene Benoit.

He grew up in North Smithfield. As a teenager, he manned the family lunch counter at Tom’s News in Manville, frying ham and flipping eggs to earn cash for his first set of wheels. There would follow many upgrades to his transportation culminating in his favorite ride, an SSR he customized with a blue flame job. Throughout his life, Tom was an avid fan of Formula 1 racing, do-it-yourself craftsmanship, literature and music. He also enjoyed genealogy and history and found great comfort in the outdoors.

Tom graduated from Mount Saint Charles Academy, of Woonsocket, and attended Providence College. He held a variety of jobs early in his career including in the clothing business as a salesman for Anderson Little followed by his long tenure in the world of petroleum contracting. He worked first for his late brother Eugene’s company, BCS, of Smithfield. He eventually formed his own firm, Prospect Development, based in Manville. Tom’s career in the petroleum industry culminated at LaMountain Brothers, Inc. of Oxford, Mass., where he served as the sales manager. He had recently scaled back to part-time to enjoy semi-retirement. Forty years in the field led him to become an encyclopedia of information about petroleum contracting throughout much of New England.

Tom married Carmen (Allard) in 1970 and welcomed their son, Luc, in 1980. Together, they moved to Manville, where Tom designed and built their home. Tom was a dedicated member of the community, where he served for many years with Boy Scout Troop 1, Manville, as a coach of Manville Farm League and many other roles.

In 2003, Tom remarried Lucille, and together they resided in Scituate for 18 years lovingly embellishing and restoring their historic home with Tom’s woodworking artistry. They spent many vacations traveling abroad to Formula 1 races.

In 2019, Tom and Lucille moved to Mother of Hope Camp, run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence in Chepachet, to serve as the camp rangers. Over the past year and a half, it had been his deep joy to connect with another of his passions, nature. Tom worked tirelessly fixing and improving the camp, and took pleasure watching bald eagles return to their nests along the shores of Echo Lake at the end of the day.

In addition to Lucille, Tom is survived by his son Luc and partner Hannah Pallein, his stepson, Joseph Raymond and partner Trinidad Blanchet, his stepson, Timothy Law and Timothy’s daughter, Bella, and Luc’s son who is expected this September. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Tom will forever be remembered not only as a husband, father and Pepere, but also as a great friend and mentor to many. He was unapologetically authentic, quick-witted and always had a story to tell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 9, at 10 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, 144 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Tucker-Quinn Funeral Chapel, 643 Putnam Ave., Greenville. Burial will be private at a later date in St. James Cemetery, Manville.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tom’s memory can be made to the Mother of Hope Camp at https://motherofhopecamp.com/ or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island at bigsri.org .

For online condolences visit, TuckerQuinnFuneralChapel.com .