Bernard (Ben) James Ash, Sr., 69, of Wilmington, Delaware formerly of Dorothy, New Jersey died on Monday October 28th 2019 at home peacefully surrounded by his family.
Ben, as he was known by his friends and family, graduated from Vineland Senior High School in 1968. Ben’s love of emergency medical services began in1965 when he joined the Dorothy, NJ Fire and Rescue Squad. He was a member of the Vineland NJ rescue squad for four years. He also attended fire company training classes. He was a gifted and skilled EMT. He completed the requirements to become a Paramedic, June 1977, at Underwood Memorial Hospital. He worked there before going to Crozer Chester Medical Center in 1979 where he eventually became a Captain. He was considered a leader and mentor to those he worked with for the next 14 years. He graduated from the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy, 1992 and served the communities of Upland, Parkside, and Bethel Township as a patrolman, detective and Acting Chief of Police until he retired in 2015.
Ben was an avid baseball fan and loved encouraging those who were aspiring to become major leaguers. He loved history, especially the Civil War Era. There is not a placard unread about the subject. He was also a member of the Brandywine Valley Baptist Church where he served as an usher.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Rose Ash, his children, Christine Johnson, Karen Bernall (Patrick), Ben Ash Jr, Karen Stevenson (Brett), David Wallace (Natalie), Andy Wallace (Donna); his brother Dan Vanneman (Ann). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Makenna, Jos, Emily, Sarah, Diego, Josie, Veronica and Lily.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, 7 Mt Lebanon Rd, Wilmington DE 19803 on Thursday October 31st. The family would like to welcome friends to visit for the viewing beginning at 9:00am. A service will follow at 11am. Burial services will be held at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Dorothy NJ on Friday Nov. 1st at 11am. To send condolences visit: www.mccreryharra.com.