Howard William Benson, age 64, Edmonton Alberta, formerly from Pictou NS, passed away suddenly on November 16th, 2019 in the University of Alberta Hospital. Born on November 17th, 1954, Howard was the son of the late George and Mae Benson, Pictou. Howard was a crane operator by trade and worked for numerous companies. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 955, Edmonton. Howard is survived by his son Luke (Margaret), grandsons Camdon and Logan, and granddaughter Ayla (who was the apple of Grampie Howard’s eye), MacLellan’s Brook; fiancée Zosima Dulnuan, Edmonton; sisters Edna (Dan) Bowen, Pictou and Donna (David) Mackaracher, Bayview; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with his parents, Howard was also predeceased by brothers George “Buddy” and Dougie. Cremation has taken place. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.