HUDSON – Christopher Benfield, 49, formerly of Hudson, more recently residing between England and Sacandaga Lake, died Monday, February 15th 2010 at Albany Medical Center. Born in North Yorkshire, England he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Alice Oakley Benfield. He grew up in the North of England, moving to the USA following his graduation from York University attaining a Degree in Psychology and marriage to a US Citizen in the early 1980’s. Divorce followed and he eventually moved to the Hudson area, spending time working in a care facility for adolescents, and later changing vocational direction to concentrating on carpentry and the construction industry. He also undertook research relating to internet security, gaining recognition from Microsoft for his works and publishing internet tutorials which are still current and in use today.
Chris was passionate about life, having survived a usually fatal attack resulting from Marfan’s Syndrome. Following this, he spent much of his time at his camp near Sacandaga Lake, fuelling his passion for motor bikes, boats and fishing, whilst still working. His mantra was ‘Never a Dull Moment’ and he lived by that to the letter.
In 2006, he re-found his childhood sweetheart and spent his time between the UK and the States, finally getting married in February 2008.
Chris leaves behind his loving wife Pamela; his step-children Christopher James Roberts and Jessica May Roberts; his son Christopher Thomas Benfield; his mother Alice Oakley Townsend and brother David Benfield of the UK; and many friends.
It was his wish that his body be left for the furtherance of Medical Science and potentially increase the knowledge of Marfan’s Syndrome. There will be a Memorial gathering later in the spring, by Sacandaga Lake, details yet to be finalized, those wishing to attend may contact Pam via the Hans Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given online to the National Marfan Foundation via the following address: http://www.firstgiving.com/pambenfield . For more information about what the foundation does, visit their website: www.marfan.org .