Former Bishop of Townsville dies

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The funeral was held in Townsville yesterday for Bishop Emeritus Raymond Benjamin, who passed away last week, aged 91.

Emeritus Bp Benjamin, who served as the fourth bishop of Townsville between 1984 and 2000, is mourned by Catholics in the northern Queensland diocese as a “leader before his times.”

Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock described Bp Benjamin as a “real pastor” of Townsville.

“Many saw him as a wise and loving bishop,” Fr Lowcock said.

"He was a good preacher, a great story teller and loved Townsville after coming from Rockhampton Diocese where he served in many country parishes – Mount Morgan, Tambo, Yeppoon.”

Born in Rockhampton in 1925, he entered the seminary in Brisbane and was ordained on July 25, 1949, by Bp Andrew Tynan of Rockhampton.

He served in parishes in the Rockhampton diocese for 34 years before his Episcopal ordination on May 9, 1984.

Bp Benjamin is survived by one brother.

He was known for his love of family and travelling overseas for weddings and other reunions.

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