Benjamin Smith, Jr. Apr 30, 1917 - Aug 15, 2018
Benjamin Smith, Jr. was born April 30, 1917 in Scranton, PA. Ben is one of 8 children of Benjamin and Margaret Smith. Ben speaks warmly of his childhood years in the Pocono Mountains where he worked with his father and brothers in their produce business, and of camping trips to Promised Land Lake.
Ben enlisted in the US Navy in November, 1942. He served in the Pacific on the USS Currituck and the USS Tangier, attaining the rank of boatswains mate second class. He was awarded the Philippine Liberation medal with one bronze star, and also the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal.
After the War, Ben served three years in the Merchant Marines as a crewman on oil tankers, sailing out of Marcus Hook. After his seafaring days, he worked 30 years for the Springfield Beverage Distributors Company, starting as a deliveryman and retiring as manager. He was beloved by the customers - it is said that they often brought him cookies and gifts at Christmas time! He was a longtime member of the Teamsters union.
In his retirement years, Ben enjoyed bowling with his team at MacDade lanes and doting on his grandchildren. He also assisted his in-laws with their family business - Ridley Bowl. He was an avid gardener, giving careful attention to his manicured yard and tomato and string bean plants. He enjoyed fall fishing trips at Red Mill Pond near Lewes, Delaware with his late brother Roy, as well as spending time on the pond with his grandchildren. They all have splendidly happy memories of their days with their grandfather and grandmother there.
Ben has been married to his wife Eleanor for 57 years - they married in October of 1961 in Ocean City, New Jersey. He and Eleanor are longtime members of Ridley Park Presbyterian Church. He is the proud and loving father of Ellen, the grandfather of Brian Pinter of New York City, Joy Hutchings of Superior, Colorado, Lindsay Pinter of Drexel Hill, and Greg Pinter of Phoenixville, and the great grandfather of Preston, Isabelle, Michael, Matthew, and Reese.
Marcy Harper says:Submitted on: Aug 30, 2018
I extended my condolences to my Aunt Ernie and Ellen and the rest of the family on the passing of Uncle Ben. He had a full life. He certainly will be missed by all. I am thankful for his service to our country..
Josephine Hamilton says:Submitted on: Aug 18, 2018
To one and all, I extend my sympathy. When I heard, I texted my children and informed them that, "Uncle Ben had 'transitioned' on Wednesday night.