Benjamin Mills III

Obituary
  • "To the Benjamin Mills descendents my most heartfelt..."
    - Cathy Tripp Ice
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    - Mike Casey

Benjamin Mills III died January 5, 2011 at 89 years old. Born November 11, 1921 in NYC and raised in Needham, Ben graduated from Vanderbilt University. He married Mary Medora Bryant (Mills) in December, 1942, but family life was interrupted by World War II, where he served as a pilot with 25 flying missions over Northern Italy and was shot down once. After the war, Mr. Mills resided in Wellesley, where he and Medora raised a family on Cottage Street. He was self-employed as the owner of Mills Engineering in Needham and also invented a new gear and created a company around his invention named Indico. A few years after Medora died, he married Elizabeth Lee (Mills) in 1968 and they resided in Wellesley Hills, on Shelly Road, where they welcomed each others children as their own. He acquired many interests after retiring and was an active member of the SCORE Program in Boston and provided service with the Coast Guard in Islamorada, Fla., where he belonged to a boating club and had a winter residence. He and Betty loved to travel and were able to visit many different countries and places together. Ben and Betty especially enjoyed their summer home on Follins Pond in South Dennis on the Cape. He was living in Randolph with family and resting comfortably when he passed away peacefully with family at his side. Ben was a tremendously dignified, strong and honorable man and it was an honor to have him for a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was always there with a strong shoulder and a wonderful smile. He will be achingly missed. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Medora, and many years later by his beloved second wife, Betty. His memory will be cherished by the following: Mary Connolly and (late) James Connolly, Benjamin and Cathy Mills, Wendy and Steve Pieper, Pam and Ron OKeefe, Lydia and Domenic Conca, Medora and Rod DelaCruz, and his niece, Coralee Whitcomb. Also survived by grandchildren: Connie and Paul Pittman, Heather and Brian Middleton, Megan and Beth Connolly, Ryan and Chad Pieper, Kim and Tom OKeefe, Larry Lampson and Fonda Gravino, Kenny and Rebecca Lampson, Benjamin Lampson and Sue Carlson, Jennifer and Robert Woodie and Karen Wildenberg, Michael and Marylou Conca, Mark and Darlene Conca, Karen Conca and Donald MacLeod, John and Jeannie Conca, Christopher and Megan Conca, Paul and Brenda Conca. He is survived by too many great-grandchildren to list. A celebration of Bens life will take place on the beach on Follins Pond this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: The Casey Pittman Fund, Randolph Savings Bank, 129 South Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368. Casey is a wonderful fifteen year old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and his Great-Grandfather loved him deeply. Arrangements, for Ben, are under the direction of the Hurley Funeral Home, 34 South Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368

Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Jan. 21 to Jan. 28, 2011
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