Longtime Rumsonite and Vietnam War vet Benjamin A. Bailey passed away on May 10 after a short, heroic battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 68.
A memorial service for the more than 37-year Rumson resident is set for June 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank.
Originally from Alpine, Ben considered himself a man with three families: his cherished home family, as a dedicated 47-year husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, son-in-law, and best friend; his work family, as president of Bailey Refrigeration Co., Inc.; and his car enthusiast family, as a member of the Porsche Club of America.
Ben was known to give an ample amount of “positive intensity and knowledge to everything he loved,” family said in his obituary. “He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Society of Marine Port Engineers. He graduated Lehigh University cum laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 after serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War. As an engineer, Ben helped build the foundations of his industry and continued the legacy of the Bailey family with a unique dignity.”
In remembrance of Ben, those who wish may make contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS.org).