Ben Montenegro, a 61 year resident of Ashland, MA passed away from a period of declining health. The only child of the late Ralph P. and Marguerite (Haskell) Montenegro formally of Upton, MA Ben Montenegro died at the age of 89 years. Ben leaves his wife of 63 years, Betty Jane (Rohn) Montenegro; son R. Paul and wife Joan of Providence, RI; daughter Deborah and husband Don Gillespie of Ashland, MA; son F. Peter and wife Maria of Tolland, CT; son William D. and wife Lauren of Upton, MA and son Benjamin P. Montenegro, Jr. of Framingham, MA. Grandchildren include Maegan Montenegro of Upton, MA; Mike Montenegro and wife McKenna of Ipswich, MA; and Joe Montenegro of Amherst, MA. A native of Framingham, MA Ben Montenegro enlisted in the U.S. Navy his senior year at Framingham High School/Class of 1942 immediately following Pearl Harbor. He served at sea on two destroyers seeing action in both the European and Asian military campaigns until the end of WWII. Montenegro received the Purple Heart for injuries received with the sinking of his first destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea. Mr. Montenegro began his career with Independent Coal Tar Companys regional office in Framingham as the general manager and later founded the Independent Bituminous Co., Inc. formally of Holliston, MA. He later joined the Town of Ashland as the highway surveyor and was later appointed the director of the Department of Public Works in Ashland. Upon his retirement from the Ashland DPW he joined with two friends to establish The OTH Group (Over the Hill Group), a public works consulting company. Ben Montenegro is best known by long time Ashland citizens for his volunteer work in the community. Ben helped to found and manage the Mens Club of Ashland during the 1970s and early 1980s, Ashland Day, and develop and manage the Ashland Emergency Fund. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 17th at 10:00am in the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. in Ashland with burial to follow in Wildwood Cemetery in Ashland. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the Montenegro family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Ashland Emergency Fund, PO Box 112, Ashland, MA 01721 indicating that your donation is made in honor of Ben Montenegro. www.mataresefuneral.com
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Matarese Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc
325 Main St Ashland, MA 01721
Published in MetroWest Daily News from May 13 to May 14, 2013