Benjamin D. "Ben" Etheridge Sr.

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Benjamin D. Etheridge Sr., 74
ARCADIA, Fla. - Benjamin "Ben" D. Etheridge Sr., of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at 74.
Ben was born in Portland March 26, 1942, to par-ents Burton and Evelyn Etheridge.
Ben married his high school sweetheart, Frances Ross, on June 18, 1960, and they enjoyed 56 years of happy marriage. Together they raised three children before retiring to Florida in 2005.
Ben was a former Scout Master, president of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lion's Club and the Arcadia Moose Lodge, and a volunteer at DeSoto Memorial Hospital.
Ben also enjoyed camping with his family, golfing and following NASCAR. Ben managed upscale men's clothing stores for most of his career and he also worked at Lee's Family Trailer Sales and North Norwich Motor Sales.
Ben is survived by his wife, Frances Etheridge, of Arcadia; his three children, Benjamin Etheridge Jr., Steven Etheridge and Karen Brackett; his three grandchildren, Marisa, Megan and Trevor Etheridge; daughter-in-law Connie and sons-in-law Stephen and Gary; his cousin R. Freeman Etheridge; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Burton Etheridge Jr. and Jean Seavey.
A memorial service celebrating Ben's life will be held at Cross Creek RV Resort Feb. 8, 2017, at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon. A private celebration of his life will be held by the family in Round Pond in the spring.

If anyone wishes to make a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ben's name be made to
Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation (JDRF)
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 725
Washington, DC 20005

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 5, 2017
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