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September 05, 2013
He was a great musician.
August 17, 2013
Mr. Tucker,

It was truly my pleasure to hear you and your guests play over the years. From the Desoto Hilton to The Pirate's House, to the Westin. As a student at Savannah State, I used to actually study to your play. Some how it made Accounting, Tax, and an assortment of other classes make sense. Along with a few cocktails. Because of you, I began to take music seriously and traditional jazz became my favorite medium of expression. Take care Chief. Keep on playing.
August 16, 2013
Gloria,
Paul and I just learned the sad news of your loss. You and Ben gave us a precious memories. The day we spent on a beach in Barbados, Ben's golf advice for Paul and the Fish Fry at Plumtree and of course the wonderful music at The Waterfront Restaurant on the island. We will keep you in our hearts. Carole and Paul Johnson,Bath,Maine
July 06, 2013
We have lost a beautiful man. Peace be with you in this moment of mourning and grief.

Bob friedman
June 12, 2013
My mother and I moved to Savannah in the late 70's. Shortly after family visited and we wanted a nice evening out. We had heard of HANNAH'S in City Market. Being that I am in a wheelchair, I called first to inquire about accessibility. Once we arrived, the Maitre' D met us outside with, "Miss Marsha we have your table waiting for you." He then escorted us to a table at the very front. (Did Ben have anything to do with this???) My family was so impressed! Not just with the service, but also with Ben's talent and friendliness.

A few years later, after HANNAH'S moved upstairs at the Pirate's House, I again called for reservations. I spoke with Ben and he assured me that access was not a problem. (From that I assumed there was an elevator inside.) He told me the time I was to arrive. Once we were there he had 2 waiters at the foot of the stairs waiting to carry me up the flight of steps! Again, a table in front and he talked to me all evening between songs. Because I was wearing a red pantsuit that evening, he played 'The Lady in Red' for me.

The last time I saw Ben was a year ago on Christmas Day. Again, visiting family and I made reservations to have brunch at the Westin so we could hear Ben play. The Westin seated me/us in a room adjoining the main dining area. Unfortunately, my family and I could not hear any of the music. During a break, Ben found me. We visited and had a lengthy conversation. He apologized (It wasn't his fault!) for the seating arrangement and assured me the next time I would be able to hear the music. Unfortunately, I never made it back in time.

I was a 'nobody' to Ben. And yet, on several occasions, he took the time and possessed the compassion to make me feel like a 'somebody.' I will so miss him.
June 11, 2013
I like many others all around the world have fond memories of Ben. I work at his primary physician office and Ben was a favorite. He had an infectious smile and made everyone feels as if you were his friend and meant it. He always had a kind word, and full of life. He never met a stranger I don't think. He never forgot people either. He met my husband once at the office and then recognized him in Home Depot, called him by name and says you are Jackie's husband. Another time my husband saw Ben out trying to pay for something with his credit card and left his ID at home- my husband stepped in and offered to pay the bill which about $10 or $15 but Ben said no that his wife would be there any minute. Ben walked away from the counter to wait on Gloria, and my husband looked at the young man who refused to take his credit card without an ID and says "Don't you know who that is", the young man said no and Malcolm my husband announced "Why that is Ben Tucker the famous Jazz Musician, well known here in Savannah and all over the world. Ben was the nicest man I have ever met, and I will miss him. He loved for people to be happy and if they were not he would do what he could to help them feel that way. I will always remember these words of his "Love everything is going to be alright".

We are all better people for knowing him. We all loved him.

Jackie and Malcolm Rice
June 11, 2013
The Tucker Family,

The Legacy of your loved one, Mr. Ben Tucker will forever be remembered and never overshadowed. Rest in Heaven with the rest of the saints, Mr. Ben.

Brynda Payton-Sams
June 10, 2013
June 10, 2013
A true local legend. RIP Ben.
June 10, 2013
Your family have my heartfelt sympathy.

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~God Bless you Ben Tucker ~ *love the music*
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