Benjamin C. Staba, 97, of Hebron, CT, passed away peacefully at his winter home in Tavares, FL, February 26, 2017. He was born to John and Agnes Staba, in Hebron CT, on Dec 13, 1919, in the same home that lived in his entire life. Ben attended a one room school, taught by his sister Henrietta. He graduated in 1936 from Bacon Academy, in Colchester, CT, and joined the Navy in May of 1942, in Boston, MA. He was an Aviation Metalsmith First Class and stationed on the Princeton, then the USS Wasp CV-18. After being honorably discharged in 1945, he attended the University of Connecticut under the GI Bill. Ben then worked for United Aircraft for 33 years as a Chemical Metallurgist. Ben loved his job.
In his younger days, Ben enjoyed the outdoors along with a large garden, which he shared with family and friends. He also enjoyed bee keeping, which he did for over 70 years. He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with his family, especially with his grandson, Bruce. He also enjoyed worked part time at Hilltop Marine along side his son-in-law, John and daughter, Barbara. Ben volunteered at the Hebron Harvest Fair for many years. He was a founding member of the Hebron Historical Society (HHS). Ben, with his wife, Barbara, and sister, Henrietta, helped restore the Hebron Old Town Hall and Borrows Hill School.
Ben leaves behind a daughter, Barbara (John); son, Andrew; grandson, Bruce (Meg); and great-grandson, Joseph.
He is predeceased in death by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; his siblings, Julia, Jennie, Henrietta, Joseph, and Edward.
A memorial service will be held in spring, in Connecticut.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Hebron Historical Society, Hebron CT or Cornerstone Hospice, Tavares, FL. Services entrusted to Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society, Tavares, FL.