Benjamin Freeman FUDGE
September 13, 1935 – April 20, 2019
FUDGE, Benjamin 83, of St. Pete Beach, Florida, ran his last race on Saturday, April 20, 2019, raising his hands high as he crossed the finished line. Ben was born in Medford, Massachusetts on September 13, 1935 to the late Wilson and Parthena Fudge. He was a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1953 and proudly went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1957 and was employed by The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory for 39 years, retiring in 1997. Ben was married for 50 years to the late Patricia Fudge who predeceased him in 2009. They moved to Tewksbury, Massachusetts in 1961, raising their two children, Kim and David before moving to Florida permanently in 2006. Ben discovered his true purpose in life through the sport of running in 1967. With Pat by his side, he competed in hundreds of road races as well as 54 marathons. Both Pat and Ben directed several race series through the years, including Saturday mornings at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Fudgical Series in Tewksbury. Ben served the sport in other capacities as well. He was a mentor and coach to middle and high school students (including his children) as well as to others who participated in Sunday marathon training clinics, leaving from his house at 6 am sharp. Additionally, Ben served as president of the Greater Lowell Road Runners, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. Later, when he and Pat retired, Ben served on the board and was president of the St. Pete Road Runners. He was one of the club’s original members and help form its bylaws. The club’s annual scholarship was named in his honor in 2012 and is awarded to students who excel academically as well as on the track. Ben is survived by his loving companion, Nancy Brannan, of 70 years; his daughter, Kim-Marie Fudge and husband, Ernie Glode of Seminole; his son, David and wife, Sandra of Woburn, Massachusetts; his five grandsons, Ryan and Jeffrey Mazur, and Aaron, Jared, and Jacob Fudge. Ben was also brother to Donald (late of Marjorie), Robert and wife, Evelyn, sister, Nina Ross and husband, Arthur, and sister, Sylvia Stratton (late of Carl); as well as many nieces and nephews. Ben also leaves behind countless good friends, young and old, runners and other pedestrians, whose lives were positively impacted by him. He will be sorely missed. Friends are invited to join in a Celebration of Life at Woody’s Waterfront on Sunset Way in St. Pete Beach on Tuesday, April 23 from 12-5 pm. Donations in his memory can be made to the Ben Fudge Annual Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 14516, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733. Arrangements are made by Beach Memorial Chapel, 301 Corey Ave , St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706.www.beachmemorialchapel.com
Ben Fudge Annual Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 14516, St Petersburg, Florida 33733
- Celebration of Life Gathering Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Benjamin Freeman FUDGE
May 10, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Ben's passing. I first met Ben 42 years ago, after a high school cross country race. It was a day I will never forget. It was raining, and I fell down from exhaustion after the race into a puddle of water. I lay there cold and tired. I heard someone say, "You have to get up and walk," as a stranger pulled me up out of the water. Who was this man? Some Dad from the rival Tewksbury team helping me out. He made sure I got to my teammates and put on some clothes. That was the start of a long friendship. Ben and Pat came to my store, Whirlaway Sports, often and we shared that story many times. It was always a pleasure to see Ben with that smile on his face; it was infectious! When I think of Ben, I remember a true gentleman and a class act. I know Ben touched a lot of lives in the running world and was selfless in helping anyone he could. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Kim and Dave... your Dad was a great guy! Rest in peace, my friend.
Philip &Lynne Scannell
April 25, 2019
Knew Ben from Lowell Road runners.. we use to run the Fudgical series.. and always enjoyed a warm smile and some great laugh s with this wonderful gentleman.. RIP
Sharon Roux Belida
April 25, 2019
I have missed Pat and Ben since they moved to Florida. I was a member of the Greater Lowell Road Runners And A member of the Fudgical Series.
Ben trained me for my first Marathon, I will never forget him or( Patty me girl) or (The Moose is Loose) Portland Maine!!!!
My first Beer ever! If you ran with Ben, you were blessed.
Ben and Pat would stop me from running if it was to hot out and drive me home.
One of the Best couple in the world and some of the best People I have ever met in my life.
I am so sorry for your loss, David, Kim & Families.
My heart is with you all.
Sharon Roux- Belida (The Moose is Loose Ben my friend)
April 22, 2019
Sorry to hear about Ben. He was a tireless worker as a tireless runner!
It was a pleasure to work with Ben.
April 21, 2019
I was Saddened to hear the Passing of an Old Friend Mr Ben Fudge. He had such a Positive influence on so many.
He changed my life forever..& forever I will thank him. My Condolences to his family.