Benjamin Curtis Ingraham

December 7, 1989March 30, 2021

Benjamin C. Ingraham

CUMBERLAND - Benjamin C. Ingraham, 31, Cumberland, Maine, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Cumberland, Maine of metastasized renal cell carcinoma.

Born to Curtis B. and Elaine F. Ingraham of Cumberland, Maine, Ben grew up in and attended Cumberland/North Yarmouth schools.

Ben will be greatly missed by Mom and Dad, significant partner Heidi Gerstberger of Round Top, NY; uncle William Ingraham and Ellen Ross of Oxford, FL; aunt and uncle Lisa and Dick Romeo of The Villages FL; aunt Jane Eaton of East Greenwich, RI; uncle and aunt John and Nancy Fossett of North Palm Beach, FL; aunt and uncle Michele and Darren Spear of Cumberland, ME; cousins Eric and Chris Romeo, Megan Tarling, Jason and spouse Stephanie Eaton, Robert and David Eaton, Anastasia Foster, Travis and spouse Kaitlin Spear, Nicholas Spear; his dog Bailey; and countless friends at MSAD51, Cumberland Fire Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Portland International Jetport, Cape Air, and JetBlue Airways.

Ben was a four-year letter recipient in tennis, enjoyed remote control planes, boats, and drones, building custom firearms, motor boating, motor-cycling, fat-tire bicycling, pickleball, video games, fishing, golf, competitive shooting, and 3-D printing.

Since 2003, Ben served as a “call-company” Cumberland firefighter and was part of the Cumberland Fire Department’s Heavy Rescue crew which specialized in patient extrication from vehicle accidents, mass casualty incidents, kids stuck in swing sets, and much more.

Aviation was Ben’s primary avocation and profession. He held FAA ratings of Student, Private, CFI/Instrument, Remote Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Airplane Single Engine Sea, and Airline Transport Pilot-Multi Engine Land. Ben was a voluntary armed law enforcement officer deputized by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Flight Deck Officer program.

Ben attended the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy all four high school years. After receiving his Private Pilot’s License at age 16, but before getting his driver’s license, he taught classes at these academies as an advisor, took students up for a real flight, and become a co-program manager during his senior year. Model rocketry with Ben became the students’ favorite part of the academy.

During college year summers, he assembled the first commercial flight simulator at Portland International Jetport-PWM. He also taught “ground school” for new student pilots of all ages. Ben interned at PWM guided by the jetport’s Director, Marketing, Communications, and Security managers. This is where he learned the operations of an airport facility. He also assisted planning and running the annual air shows.

In 2012, Ben obtained his B.S. Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL. He was a four-year member of the ERAU National Intercollegiate Flying Association flight team and was their Chief Student Pilot. He was Co-Captain of this team with his good friend Michael Kelly of Illinois. Ben competed in the categories of navigation, short-field approach and landings, power-off landings, pre-flight inspections, and message drop. In 2011, he earned the NIFA National Top Pilot award for ERAU-Daytona. In 2013 he was the “Coach” for ERAU’s National Flight Competition Team at SAFECON.

After college, Captain Ben “BING” Ingraham, flew for Hyannis Air Service (Cape Air). He was based out of Bar Harbor and Augusta, Maine; Lebanon, NH; and St Kitts & Nevis, British Virgin Islands destined to Puerto Rico. In 2015, he became the new service commercial seaplane pilot based out of Miami, FL destined to Bimini, Bahamas. The JetBlue University Gateway Program allowed him to transition to JetBlue Airways in 2018 as a first-officer commercial pilot. He was based out of Logan in Boston and flew Airbus 320/321 equipment.

Ben and his friends spent many good times around their fire pits. His MSAD51 classmates Steve Talbot, David Collins, Sam Ferguson, Pearl Ezzio, Adam Copp, and many others remained close over the years.

Ben loved traditions. An annual favorite was the New Year’s Eve skiing and snowboarding pilgrimage to Ferguson’s house in Sunday River, Bethel, Maine. This is where he discovered golden retrievers. He leaves behind Bailey, his beloved 4-year-old puppy. Both know they will eventually be interned together.

4-7PM visiting hours will be held at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, ME 04096 on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021.

A live or virtual celebration of life gathering will be held later this year.

A private interment of his ashes at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth, Maine will be later in Spring.

A donation in lieu of flowers may be made to the “Benjamin Ingraham Aeronautical Scholarship Foundation” and sent to Michele Spear, Treasurer; c/o Atlantic Federal Credit Union, 327 Main Street, Cumberland, ME 04021. This scholarship fund will benefit aspiring aviators in Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, and Falmouth, Maine.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021


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Michael and Joyce Cornish

April 20, 2021

Dear Curtis and Elaine,
Mike and I were so terribly sorry to hear about Ben, our hearts go out to you and your family during this very difficult time. We will keep you all in our prayers and please let us know if there is anything we can do. Love, Mike and Joyce Cornish

Theresa Getson

April 8, 2021

Dear Curtis and Elaine,
We are so deeply sorry to hear this news and of your unimaginable loss. May your big love and great pride for this wonderful man - your son - and all of his many personal, civic and aviation accomplishments, gently envelope you now and offer some comfort. In those jet streams, your Ben flies.
Theresa and David Getson

Todd Thomas

April 7, 2021

Curtis so very sorry to hear of your loss may you and your wife find comfort in the memories that you have of Ben . Todd Thomas

Lisa Guinta

April 6, 2021

Ben and Heidi met one year ago. We thought the world of him when he met the family. He is a beautiful soul and will forever be in our hearts
Aunt Lisa

Angelo Mazzone

April 6, 2021

I wanted to say how sorry I am and please accept my condolences. He was a great man and I am so lucky that I was able to meet him and your wonderful family. I wish I had some way to ease your pain. Just know I am thinking about you all

Debbie Lemieux

April 6, 2021

My deepest sympathies go out to you and Elaine. Curtis, how I loved hearing you tell of Ben’s extraordinary accomplishments and his passion for flying.
I pray that your memories of him will help to ease your pain.

Cecile Doyon

April 5, 2021

Curtis and Elaine,

My deepest sympathies to you both. My heart goes out to you. You have raised an astonishing young man and you have all contributed so much to your community. Curtis I always enjoyed our conversations, you always shared how proud you were of Ben and his accomplishments. He will always be in your hearts with fond memories.

My prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

william ingraham

April 3, 2021

What a kid you raised and shared... Countless trips to his uncle's lake house for boating, fishing and RC hobbies. Tours on the lake with his mom and dad and his many friends. Trips to Florida with late night chats with uncle and aunt. Memories so dear and precious to all of us now, as they were then. We'll never again look at a plane flying high over our heads without thinking of our dear Ben. He was a bright light in our lives that will forever shine in our hearts. Wheels up, Ben! Love you so much! Uncle Bill and Aunt Ellen

Maryella Rawnsley

April 2, 2021

Dear Curtis and Elaine.
I cannot express the sadness I feel for you in the loss of your son.
A wonderful life taken way to soon.
Please accept my sincere condolences and I pray you may all find peace in wonderful memories you will share for years to come.

Diann Adams

April 2, 2021

Curtis, I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I remember how proud you were when we talked about what your son was up to, especially when he started school for aeronautics. He was such an accomplished young man. All of your Bean friends are thinking of you during this most difficult time.