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John Raymond Benardis

John Raymond Benardis, age 63, of Granby, Colorado passed away, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in the home he loved in the community of Granby.  He was surrounded by his loving family and beloved dogs after a courageous battle with cancer. John was born in Casper, Wyoming on June 4, 1957 to Gus and JoEva Benardis. John attended Casper schools graduating from Kelly Walsh High School in 1975.  He owned and operated Granby Masonry for the last fifteen years and was well known for his stone artistry throughout the Rocky Mountain region. John was known to be a kind and generous man who loved his family, children, dogs, rocks, solitude, Grand County and grape soda. John will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the surrounding communities of Grand County, Colorado.

John is survived by his children, Brittany Verleger (Matthew), Brian Benardis (Cory), his former wife, Loretta Benardis, a granddaughter, Molly Elizabeth Verleger, and grandson Simon Alexander Verleger. He is also survived by his sisters Doris Waddell (Rodney) and Mary Barnes (Tim); brothers M. Gus Benardis (Lynette), Robert Benardis (Maggie), and David Benardis (Charlotte). Additional survivors include a beloved cousin, John Matt Benardis II, and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and JoEva Benardis, his former wife, Tina and many beloved dogs and cats.

John has been cremated and a memorial service for him will be held at a later time in Granby, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Grand County Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Grand County Mortuary.




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Wow, still in shock and in disbelief.
I had the wonderful pleasure of knowing John while he lived in Grand County. John and I met when I took over his books for his business. He was very professional and organized yet private about his personal life. Over time he opened up to me and we realized how much we had in common. The house he was living at when we met was the same exact home my parents lived in when they brought me home from the hospital 36 years ago and the house I helped him pick out a few years ago was right behind mine and where I took piano lessons as a young child. Our birthdays were also a day apart and we knew we were supposed to be friends forever.
After working together, we made it so we were neighbors and eventually considered each other family. My dogs would dig under the fence we shared to go visit John and he would hand us fresh apples picked from his tree.
We have so many memories with John it is hard to mention them all. John also blessed us with the privilege of loving and babysitting his amazing dogs Miso and Rooney and Milo.
My kids cherished Halloween because John would make it his mission to buy them the most enormous candy bar known to man, and then smile and turn his lights off, they were the only kids he ever handed out candy to. He also gave my son front row tickets for his 9th birthday to the Rockies game where he caught the winning home run ball.
Our hearts are empty from his loss but at peace knowing he’s finally at rest and not in pain. We are grateful to his entire family for welcoming the three of us into their lives and letting us continue to be apart of his family.
We love you all
Kendra, Kaija and Maddox

Kendra Y Jan 15 2021 12:00:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss Loretta.

Kendra Y Jan 15 2021 12:00:00 AM

When John (20 yrs old) was working on the Hall of Justice, he came home for lunch one day with a shit eating grin on his face. I was like what’s up?He proceeded to tell me that he was outside on the ground floor when they started to raise the bricks to the top where he was working .Being part monkey he reached over grabbed a line jumped on and rode to the top! As soon as it reached the top he saw his boss Sam Moore and the General contractor standing there! They were not amused ! But John was! He did not get in any trouble.

Loretta Benardis Jan 13 2021 12:00:00 AM

First of all let me tell you I was sad to hear the news of John’s passing. I am so sorry for everyone of the Benardis family in your time of grief.
But I also must share that I was truly blessed when I meet Gus and JoEva... I received a big extended family...through the years we have shared so much joy, and a few tears along life’s journey. I am so grateful for all of you.
I remember John being a little bit of a jokester, like his dad and his brothers, I should say siblings, I don’t want to forget Doris and Mary.
Know that I am thinking of all of you at this time.
Rest In Peace John...you were greatly love and will be dearly missed.

Melody Evans Jan 12 2021 12:00:00 AM

I have so many memories of John and they seem to be pouring out of me .
Hears a great one. 
John was working on the Hall of Justice when he came home for lunch sporting a shit eating grin, he proceeded to tell me that he was on the ground as the bricks were being raised to the top floor ,so being part monkey of course he had reached over and grabbed a line and jumped on.
He said he was enjoying the ride ,when it came to the top floor standing there was his boss Sam Moore and the General Contractor. They were not amused. John was! He didn’t get in any trouble, they just said don’t do that again.

Loretta Benardis Jan 12 2021 12:00:00 AM

Such a kind and caring soul. Rest in peace, John.
You WILL be missed . . .

~ joslynn (KW class of 75) Jan 11 2021 12:00:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family and friends.

I met John at a difficult time in my life where I had to find a new home for my beloved Miso and Rooney. John was one of the most kind, gentle and gracious men I have ever met. The pups took to him the moment we met him, and I knew right then that they would be loved, safe and very happy.

I know that John is now in a beautiful place, where there is no pain. He is with Rooney and all of his past pups...in peace.

Rest In Peace John. I am ever so grateful that you came into my, Miso and Rooney’s lives.

Michelle Jan 10 2021 12:00:00 AM

I cant say that I have ever met a better man than John. His positive outlook on both work and life was infectious. John was a true craftsman, and the pride he took in his work showed in every detail. I will greatly miss John and am honored to have know him as a colleague and as a friend. The wisdom that he shared with so many people will be here forever. 

Tyler Huber Jan 8 2021 12:00:00 AM

I have many fond memories of first meeting John and then working along side with him on the job. One particular time was when he spent two days chiseling the mantle stone for our fireplace in our drive way wanting to get it just right and had the patience to do it amazed me and my wife Sue.  Another project was our chimney cap which we saw in a picture on a house in Montana and asked him to match it the best he could and as always he came through. All things said his love for life and the way he treated other people impressed me the most. He will be missed but not forgotten. 

Larry Steffen Jan 8 2021 12:00:00 AM

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