Benjamin D. Cowley Sr.

February 23, 1928 - August 24, 2012
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Benjamin Dollar Cowley, Sr. of Hockessin, DE, formerly of Elkton, MD, died on August 24, 2012 at the age of 84. He married the love of his life, Mary Francis Hammond on September 30, 1952 in the chapel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He and Mary met in the Army, and both served inContinue Reading

MaryLou, Joanne and Lindsey Misci left a message on April 17, 2013:
Hello Ben and Stacey, My mother, Mary Lou, just learned of your father's passing today. My mother, knew your parents from the Wellness Community and continued to talk with your dad after your mother passed away. They lost touch after my mother retired from her practice and your dad moved to Cokesbury. My mother wanted me to extend her deepest sympathies to you on his passing. He was such a kind and caring man. He was so totally devoted to your mother, and was lost after she passed away. May it comfort you to know that they are together again. Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Mary Lou, Joanne and Lindsey Misci
Andrea Liu left a message on February 2, 2013:
Uncle Ben was one of my father's closest friends. He came to my wedding in 2004. I have very fond memories of Uncle Ben and Aunt Mary in Beaumont. He will be missed.
Joan & Jon left a message on January 10, 2013:
We light a candle for Mom and Dad whenever, on our travels, we happen upon a church. Now, one for your Dad. love j
KENNETH PRYTHERCH left a message on September 22, 2012:
joseph Maier Sr left a message on September 17, 2012:
Ben Very sorry about your Dads passing. I hadn't heard from him for awhile and I wondered how he was. I met your Dad at the wellness center after I lost my wife of 47 years. He was always easy to talk to. Take care Joe
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Mrs. Craig P. Morton left a message on September 17, 2012:
Having worked with my husband (Craig P. Morton, Esq.) in his law office for many years I was fortunate to have worked with Ben as well. An intelligent, thoughtful gentleman whose opinion Craig respected and whose company Craig enjoyed. We were all lucky to have had Ben in our lives. Melanie Morton
Jim Adams left a message on September 16, 2012:
When I moved to 17 N. Rosemont Circle in Glen Farms Elkton, MD, Ben and Mary were the first next-door neighbors I met plus there was this old Mercedes Benz diesel sedan “parked” on our shared property line with no visible trace of how it got there. It seemed it was part of a past life that Ben could not give up. I don’t remember how long after it sat there but Ben and Mary would both remember that it served as fine shelter for my beloved cat Harry when he broke his leg and crawled under it for safety until we found him. When I was working on my Saab or some home repair or project and hit a tool or gizmo impasse I learned to walk “next-door” to Ben and Mary’s place hoping Ben was around. He and I would go down to his basement shop and between the two of us engineers could rub two things together and come up with a solution or, he would just have that particular tool or fitting I needed – usually metric. When the power would go out as it did A LOT in Glen Farms I remember calling and asking if he wanted to scope things out. What that meant was we would go out in his or my car with flashlights if night time looking for downed trees or limbs or many times it was that damn undersized utility pole fuse on Smith Road. They had a funky well and I remember one time it went down for the count so he and I linked my laundry room tub spigot to their house using every garden hose we both owned. Hurricane Isabel 2003 hit Glen Farms very hard. This heavily-treed community looked like it had been shelled. We had no power for six days. Ben had been a follower of notions re the turn of the new millennium so had invested in a 6kW gas generator. I fashioned a 100 foot extension cord from a box of “Romex” house cable and that became the “hose” from their place to my place this time so I at least had some lights, sump pump, TV and some cooking abilities every day or night. After Mary went away I remember some time later seeing him in his yard looking at a section of leaf-clogged gutter. He said “… Ya know Jim, I just can’t deal with stuff like this anymore…”. He had become very depressed; never the same without Mary. Years passed and then he moved away.
Sharyn Nesnow left a message on September 16, 2012:
Dear Family. I got to know your dad when I was his realtor. I had met him before playing bridge in Glen Farms. He had a very quick wit and he was so smart! He worked as a lawyer for my neighbor Craig Morton. When we were coming back from the settlement of his home, he told me the wonderful story of his meeting and courtship with your mom, a lovely story. I know you will miss him. He was a very special person. With appreciation, Sharyn
Marlene Brierley left a message on September 15, 2012:
I was privilaged to enjoy Ben's company, at the Newark Senior Center, where I was his bridge partner, he was very kind and patient with a novice player. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I will remember him fondly.
Cas Anolick left a message on September 15, 2012:
I think Ben was my boss in Beaumont, but he was the sort of boss who immeditely became both a boss and a friend. Liz and I have many lovely momories of Ben and Mary. Now we will miss them both together. Reading other memories sounds like a Beaumont reunion! Cas Anolick
David Rudy left a message on September 14, 2012:
Ben was my boss when we both were at the Beaumont Plant for DuPont. He was a great person to look up to and model my career after. Later, I saw Ben at the Rock Presb Church when my Barbershop group would sing at a summer Sunday service. My prayers are with his family during this time. May God bless you all. Dave
Linda Duffy left a message on September 14, 2012:
Ben was a dear man who loved his wife and was so proud of his children and Olivia! I'll miss his strong, powerful voice, I can hear it now. I knew him as a tender, loving, very intelligent man. I'm comforted by the fact that he is with "his Mary", safe in the arms of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Tp Ben's family and Joanne, my sincere sympathies. Linda Duffy
Hans Jungk left a message on September 14, 2012:
Ben and I worked together for a number of years; a very pleasant and warm association primarily because of his knowledge and gregarious personality. He was a pleasure to work with and great to be his friend. We played tennis in a group together and had a great time. It was no secret that he adored his wife, Mary. She was the center of his life and her passing left him unconsolable. It was heartbreaking to see. Nonetheless, he continued to help others with kind words,visits and calls. His care for others makeshim exceptional.
Frank Montgomery left a message on September 14, 2012:
Ben was a good friend for many years. We worked together several times and played together in a group of four at tennis for many years. He and I also enjoyed going to see the World Team Tennis games at the Du Pont Country Club and later at Astra Zeneca while they were still laying in Wilmington. It was sad to see him in his final years, but I will always remember the good times we had together over the years. Frank Montgomery
Virginia Vaughn left a message on September 13, 2012:
Ben was a wonderful person and dedicated ovarian cancer awareness advocate. As founder and past-President of the DE Natl Ovarian Cancer Coalition, I was proud that he was part of my team. He was so proud of his family and missed his late-wife Mary deeply. He will be sadly missed by everyone. It was a pleasure to meet his son several years ago. May God bless you and give you comfort and peace during the coming days.
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