George A. Benway Jr. of Mashpee died at his home on October 6. He was 85. He leaves family in Sandwich and Falmouth.

Mr. Benway, known as Hop, was born in Boston, the son of Alice and George A. Benway. Following graduation from the Rivers School, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Brown University. After his college graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He served on the USS Hartley during the Cuban Missile Crisis naval blockade and later taught at Officers Candidate School.

He married Carolyn McDonald, and the pair moved to Mashpee, where they raised three sons over 22 years of marriage.

In Mashpee, Mr. Benway started a residential real estate firm, Benway Real Estate, that operated for many years.

He was a Mashpee selectman for many years and was also the town’s only full-time selectman in its history. He also served on the Cape Cod Commission for the Town of Mashpee and, in later years, also served as the Mashpee Town Moderator for more than 10 years.

He was an avid boater, and in his younger years he was a trained pilot. He enjoyed alpine skiing with his sons and their friends in Vermont and New Hampshire. He was also an avid gardener and cook.

He leaves his three sons, George A. Benway III, and his wife, Elizabeth Claridge Benway, of Mashpee; Christopher J. Benway and his wife, Carolyn Benway, of Sandwich; and Eric M. Benway, and his wife, Kelly Monahan Benway, of Falmouth; his grandchildren, George A. Benway IV of Mashpee, Jack C. Benway of Mashpee, Eli C. Benway of Sandwich, Liam W. Benway of Sandwich, Christopher J. Ledwick of Falmouth, and Joseph M. Ledwick of Falmouth; his former spouse and mother of his children, Carolyn McDonald Benway of Mashpee; as well as many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Patricia Benway and Mary Alice Benway.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, October 16, at 10 AM at the Parish of Christ the King at 5 Jobs Fishing Road in Mashpee. Burial will follow at Great Neck Woods Cemetery in Mashpee.

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