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Benjamin D. Cowley, Sr.
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“Hello Ben and Stacey, My mother, Mary Lou, just learned of your father's passing today. My mother, knew your parents from the Wellness Community...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: MaryLou, Joanne and Lindsey Misci - DE

“Uncle Ben was one of my father's closest friends. He came to my wedding in 2004. I have very fond memories of Uncle Ben and Aunt Mary in Beaumont. ...Read More »
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“We light a candle for Mom and Dad whenever, on our travels, we happen upon a church. Now, one for your Dad. love j ”
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4 of 15 | Posted by: KENNETH PRYTHERCH - NJ

“Ben Very sorry about your Dads passing. I hadn't heard from him for awhile and I wondered how he was. I met your Dad at the wellness center after I...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: joseph Maier Sr - DE

“Having worked with my husband (Craig P. Morton, Esq.) in his law office for many years I was fortunate to have worked with Ben as well. An...Read More »
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“When I moved to 17 N. Rosemont Circle in Glen Farms Elkton, MD, Ben and Mary were the first next-door neighbors I met plus there was this old...Read More »
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“Dear Family. I got to know your dad when I was his realtor. I had met him before playing bridge in Glen Farms. He had a very quick wit and he was so...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Sharyn Nesnow - Elkton, MD

“I was privilaged to enjoy Ben's company, at the Newark Senior Center, where I was his bridge partner, he was very kind and patient with a novice...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Marlene Brierley - wilmington, DE

“I think Ben was my boss in Beaumont, but he was the sort of boss who immeditely became both a boss and a friend. Liz and I have many lovely momories...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Cas Anolick - Evanston, IL

“Ben was my boss when we both were at the Beaumont Plant for DuPont. He was a great person to look up to and model my career after. Later, I saw...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: David Rudy - Newark, DE

“Ben was a dear man who loved his wife and was so proud of his children and Olivia! I'll miss his strong, powerful voice, I can hear it now. I knew...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Duffy - Elkton, MD - friend

“Ben and I worked together for a number of years; a very pleasant and warm association primarily because of his knowledge and gregarious personality. ...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Hans Jungk - Garnet Valley, PA

“Ben was a good friend for many years. We worked together several times and played together in a group of four at tennis for many years. He and I...Read More »
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“Ben was a wonderful person and dedicated ovarian cancer awareness advocate. As founder and past-President of the DE Natl Ovarian Cancer Coalition, I...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Virginia Vaughn - Wilmington, DE

Benjamin Dollar Cowley, Sr. of Hockessin, DE, formerly of Elkton, MD, died on August 24, 2012 at the age of 84. He married the love of his life, Mary Francis Hammond on September 30, 1952 in the chapel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He and Mary met in the Army, and both served in Korea during the Korean War, where Mary served as a MASH nurse. He was the proud father and grandfather of one son, one daughter, and one granddaughter.
Ben was born in Laurinberg, NC on February 23, 1928, the son of Benjamin Cornelius and Lucille Dollar Cowley, and moved to Detroit, MI and Shrewsbury, MA where he was raised. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He spent three years in the Army and was discharged in 1953 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. He remained in the Army Reserve until 1964 and retired as a Captain. He did post-graduate work at Clark University, Worcester Poly Tech, Northeastern University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Delaware.
Ben worked for the DuPont Company for 30 years in R&D and manufacturing in Louisville, KY, Montague, MI, Beaumont, TX, Wilmington, DE, Victoria, TX, and back to Wilmington, DE. He graduated from Widener University School of Law at age 60 after retiring from DuPont. He practiced law for 10 years, 5 years in the Cecil County, MD State's Attorney's Office and 5 years with Craig Morton, Esq. in Elkton, MD in the area of wills and trusts. In 2007, he moved to Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, DE, where he met his great friend of the past 4 years, Joanne Patterson.
Ben loved to ski, enjoyed archery, and subsequently enjoyed tennis, golf, and bridge, which he played for many years. Ben and Mary were longtime active members of Rock Presbyterian Church in Elkton, MD. They also made regular trips to New York City to see plays and enjoy the city with their good friends Mary Ann and Klaus Saegebarth. In his later years, Ben was very active at the Newark, DE Senior Center and the University of Delaware Academy of Lifelong Learning. He was a warm and compassionate man, who never met a stranger.
Ben was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Mary. He is survived by a sister, Eleanor D. Cowley, three sisters-in-law, Joan Callahan, Nancy Wyatt, and Suella Cantrell, a brother-in-law, Maurice Cantrell, a daughter, Attorney Stacey D. Cowley, a son, Dr. Benjamin D. Cowley, Jr., a daughter-in-law, Dr. Nicole R. Cossaart, and a granddaughter, Olivia Nicole Cowley.
A memorial service will be held at the Perryville Presbyterian Church, 710 Broad Street, Perryville, MD on September 15, 2012 at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, Ben requested that donations be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at or send c/o R.T. Foard and Jones Funeral Home.