In Memory: Dick Haskell
In Memory: Ben Emery 1922-2010
Capt. Bernard (Ben) Emery, seen here with his best friend, love of his life, and wife of 67 years, June, was a member of our Historical Society since 1972; his wife shortly thereafter. Ben served as trustee for many years, helping greatly when the Society received its present home in 1974, when the late Warren Harmon willed his house to the Town for the Society’s use. He spent many hours, with the help of other volunteers, getting it ready to serve as a museum.
Born in Old Orchard Beach, he loved his town and its rich history, so much so that for two years he taught its history to local 4th graders. He hoped to pass on his love to them. The Society honored Ben in 1984 as Citizen of the Year. Then, in 1992, the Town dedicated its Annual Town Report to both him and June. In 2008 he was elected to the Old Orchard Beach Alumni Hall of Fame.
The Old Orchard Beach Historical Society owes much to both Ben and June for their many hours of volunteer work.