Benjamin G. Biancur, 90, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-five years, Irma Cappelloni Biancur. Ben leaves a son Robert and his wife Geraldine and their sons Douglas and Patrick of Wallingford, CT, a daughter Janet Veenema and her husband Ralph and their daughter Kristin and husband Joseph Delaney, their son Ralph III and his wife Erin MacDonald, and their son Derek Benjamin of Rocky Hill, a daughter Lorraine Gioco and her husband Anthony and their son Anthony Benjamin of West Hartford.
Ben was predeceased by a brother, 1st Lt. Andrew Biancur, a test pilot killed in a crash at Eglin Field, FL in 1944. Ben will be sadly missed by his nephew, Col. USAF (retired) Andrew Biancur and his wife Carole of Colorado Springs, CO, and their children Beverly and Christian. He leaves many nieces, nephews, and friends as well.
Ben was born on Portsea Street in New Haven and spent his youth in a place that was very dear to him. He was a dedicated family man who loved life and showed us how to live it with dignity, humor, and grace.
He attended Commercial High School and earned an athletic scholarship for fencing which went unfulfilled as Ben was called to serve in the army during WWII. He loved his country and served with pride in the 17th Bomber Wing Group.
Upon discharge Ben started his career with the former New York New Haven and Hartford Railroad (MetroNorth) in 1946 and worked his way up to supervising accountant. He remained with the company for forty-three years.
Ben married Irma, his childhood sweetheart, who was to the very end the true love of his life. They took great pleasure in restoring their colonial home.
He was a true renaissance man, an avid reader and golfer. He spent much of his leisure time painting in his basement studio and was recently featured in the New Haven Register (Hidden Talent: A Lifetime of Painting, August 14, 2011). His extensive art collection of oil paintings, water colors, and stained glass work was exhibited for the first time last year at the Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, CT. Two of his oil paintings were featured during September in Art of Experience at Pomperaug Woods, Woodbury, CT.
It is impossible for us to express how much Ben’s wit, compassion and concern, and zest for life will be missed in our lives.
A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, October 13th in the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (Cor. Dwight) New Haven at 10:30 AM. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Entombment will follow in the St. Lawrence Garden Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, Closer to Free Fund, PO Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519.