He retired 30 years ago and was able to enjoy retirement by traveling and camping with his close friend, Lucy. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. "Bud" loved the shore, dogs, watching racing, and enjoying the simple life. He was a mainstay at Herb's Deli for breakfast every morning with a stool just for him with his name beside it. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He told his children he would move but that he wouldn't talk to anyone. Within two weeks he was part of the welcoming committee.
Because money was tight he used an old car to power a rope tow behind the home in Sterling so the family had more opportunities to ski. The small slope even had lights to allow for night skiing! In the summer Ben and Judy frequently packed a lunch and the car to take the family to Ben's parents' camp in Webster, where Ben spent hours driving the boat so the children could water ski.