- Benjamin T. Marley Jr., 88, husband of 58 years to Betty B. Marley, passed away February 10, 2017, surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 4, 1928 in Smyrna, ME, the son of the late Benjamin Sr. and Shirley (Ingalls) Marley. He graduated valedictorian of Merrill High School in Smyrna, ME in 1947.
Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War in Germany. After his discharge from the Army, Ben and Betty were married in Caribou, ME in 1959, and embarked on the adventure of starting and raising their family in Coventry, CT. Ben retired from a 40 year career at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of East Hartford, CT in 1993, where he is fondly remembered by his many friends and colleagues. After his retirement he enjoyed gardening and raising exotic birds and pheasants; making many friends nationwide. In 2005 Ben and Betty moved back to their hometown of Oakfield, ME where the coffee pot was always on and the stories never ended.
Ben is lovingly remembered by his sons, Benjamin T. Marley III "Ted" and his wife Laura Marley of Smyrna, ME; Leonard Marley of Willington, CT; and daughter Christine Marley and her fiancé, Roger Harrison of Holland, MA; 6 grandchildren, Joseph and Hanna Marley of Smyrna, ME; Samantha and Jacob Marley of Willington, CT; Erica Kristoff of Worcester, MA; and Jennifer Kristoff of Fairfax, VA; great grandson Aleksy Orlowski; and many nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by his brother Crawford W. Marley of Windham, CT.
A memorial service will be held in the spring. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com
Published on  February 14, 2017