Benjamin Clifton Suddard

1952 ∼ 2021

Benjamin Clifton Suddard

Benjamin Clifton Suddard passed away January 6, 2021, from injuries suffered during a kite boarding accident.    Ben is survived by his wife Lena C. (Magnuson) Suddard and his two children, Kristina Ingrid, Benjamin Walter and daughter-in-law Katherine (Adams).  He is also survived by his father, Benjamin Alvin, a sister Jamilynn Suddard Novo and brother-in-law Lawrence Novo along with his niece Rebecca Novo Shippey. 

Ben was born in Wareham and attended the Wareham school system until he entered Tabor Academy where he played lacrosse and the trumpet.  He learned to sail as a young child at Tabor and continued his sailing adventures including crewing on the Marion-Bermuda race.  He was a sports enthusiast from the time he was very young when he was first introduced to the sport of skiing.  He enjoyed ski adventures at Jackson Hole and Switzerland.  He was an avid cyclist and enjoyed many hours with his wife Lena on their tandem bicycle.  Summer found him on the water with his kite board never one to miss a fair wind.   Ben was also a licensed pilot with a focus on gliders.   He restored and flew a 1946 Ercoupe two-seater airplane. 

After graduating from Plymouth State College he taught 6th grade for 17 years.  He then started B and B Fish with his father and his son Benjamin.  From that point on his life revolved around the growing and harvesting of oysters and his beloved sports. 

Ben spoke fluent Swedish visiting Sweden often with his wife who immigrated to America when they were married in 1974. 

Ben had been a communicant at Church of the Good Shepard where he sang in the choir and served as Senior Warden from 2002 to 2007. 

Climate change, electric cars, and decreasing each individual’s carbon footprint were focuses in Ben’s life.

Ben was a loving gentle soul who shared his many skills.  He was the consummate teacher of young and old and was loved by many. 

The family is grateful for the many condolences sent.   Please in lieu of flowers consider a donation to Bourne Community Boating at BCB, P.O. Box 3157, Bourne, MA 02532.  

Plans for a celebration of Ben’s life will be made “post COVID”.   Arrangements by Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham.  To leave a message of condolence visit


Bourne Community Boating at
P.O. Box 3157
Bourne, MA 02532

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Benjamin Clifton Suddard

1952 ∼ 2021

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