Benjamin Joseph Savoia
March 19, 1929 – April 13, 2020
On Monday morning, April 13th Ben Savoia, 91, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. He resided with his wife Barbara at the Hunt Community in Nashua, NH.
Benjamin Joseph Savoia was born on March 19, 1929 in Sparkill, NY to Benjamin and Jennie Savoia. In 1948, Ben enlisted in the US Navy to begin a 20-year career. Ben served in the Korean War and on the USS Newport News during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He and his family lived in Massachusetts, Cannes, France, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. He retired in 1968 as a Chief Petty Officer after 20 years in the Navy. Ben retired to Nashua NH to work at Sanders Associates and Calcomp until 1992.
Ben, a devoted husband, was married to his wife, Barbara, for 66 years. They had three children. He will be missed by their oldest daughter, Debra Lavigne of Manchester and son-in-law Norm Lavigne; daughter Cynthia Hansen of North Conway and son-in-law Cort Hansen and son David Savoia of Nashua and daughter-in-law Margaret Savoia. Ben and Barbara enjoyed their six grandchildren--granddaughters Kim and Kristy Lavigne and Audrey Hansen, and grandsons Joseph, Nicholas and Matthew Savoia. There was nothing Ben enjoyed more than having his family gather together. Ben had four sisters. He is survived by Marie MacDonald and Phyllis Favre. He is predeceased by Evelyn Kopac and Elaine Dealing. He has many nieces and nephews who he enjoyed seeing when he visited his sisters in NY.
A loyal NY Yankees fan, Ben loved sports, having played in his youth. He served as coach for his children's baseball and softball teams. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus. Ben also volunteered at his church and for various organizations. Ben liked gardening and established a garden wherever he lived. The beautiful flowers he planted at the Hunt brought joy to many each summer. Ben and Barbara were long time members of the Parish of the Resurrection Church in Nashua. His family meant everything to him and he will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. In October of 2018, Ben and his son David had the opportunity to go on the Honor Flight for Veterans to Washington DC, and both really enjoyed having that experience together.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Arrangements will be made by Zis-Sweeney & St. Laurent Funeral Home, Nashua NH.
Burial will take place at NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Benjamin Joseph Savoia
April 26, 2020
My deepest sympathy, Dave. I join my prayers to all the others for his eternal rest, and the consolation of your mom and family. Fr. John Cox, OMI, BG ‘76
April 26, 2020
To David, family and friends...
Thoughts and prayers to you on the loss of your Dad...
April 19, 2020
Good morning Dave,
I wanted to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your Dad. I remember working with both you and your Dad when I was first hired at Sanders, South Nashua.
My Dad was good friends with your Dad and I remember hearing him talk of him often when they went to the Sanders retirement breakfast together.
I lost my Dad back in 2013. He was also buried at the NH State Veterans Cemetery up in Boscawen, NH. That place is really beautiful up there.
April 15, 2020
Barbara and family. We are so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. I had many happy times with ben at work and with you both at the parties in merrimack. It was always great to have you both there. He will be missed. Take care Joe and Mary