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Benjamin Francis Newton

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BENJAMIN FRANCIS NEWTON Benjamin Francis Newton was born on November 3, 1927 in New York, NY. He grew up in Pelham Manor, NY and graduated high school from Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, NJ. He received a B.S. from New York University. He served as a correspondent for the US Army in Korea. He lived most of his life in Pelham Manor, NY; Chappaqua, NY; and Wilmington, NC. He passed away on June 10, 2014 in Wilmington, NC. He is survived by his loving family: daughters Suzanne Newton of Brewster, MA and Cynthia Newton of San Mateo, CA; grandchildren Gabriel Marino and Allison Alhadas of San Mateo, CA; sisters Mary Jean Newton Booth (Ralph) of Peterborough, NH and Audrey Newton Muller (James) of Richardson, TX; and his beloved cat Willie. He is predeceased by his parents Benjamin and Audrey Newton; former wife Patricia Copeland Newton; and brother Harry Newton. Ben had a long career as a personnel and human resource manager. His career included employment with Genesco, Heublein, H.J. Heinz, Dictaphone, and New Hermes. Ben retired and lived in Wilmington, NC for the last 20 years of his life. He volunteered extensively for the United Way in Wilmington, NC. He also became a Master Gardener and volunteered tirelessly at the New Hanover County Arboretum. A man who danced to his own tune, Ben was loved by many. He was widely known to be witty, caring, and a lot of fun to be with he was truly a people's person. He loved to play golf and sail. He also loved to play bridge and poker. We are sure he is in heaven with his cards trying to find a fourth for bridge! A private memorial service will take place in Pelham Manor, New York. The family requests that donations be made to the United Way of the Cape Fear Area or the New Hanover County Arboretum in his memory.
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on June 22, 2014
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