Bennett "Ben" Tribken of Falmouth, an attorney and charter boat captain through the 1980s and '90s, died May 3 at the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, Massachusetts after suffering a stroke on April 28.
He was born on June 9, 1944 to Josephine and Irving Tribken.
Mr. Tribken attended Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, graduating in 1966. He earned his law degree from the University of Connecticut in 1969 and was admitted to the Connecticut and Massachusetts Bar in 1969 and 1971 respectively.
He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in the Judge Advocate Generals Department, stationed at Otis Air Force Base from 1969 to 1973. During his service he organized a soccer team for the base. They played area colleges and sometimes they even won.
After military service, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service in the estate and gift tax division in the state of Connecticut and in a small diversified law firm in Connecticut.
In 1981 Attorney Tribken opened a law practice in Falmouth focusing on estate planning.
He was appointed to the Falmouth Conservation Commission in 1987 to serve out the term of Bruce W. Tripp.
Fishing was his great passion. Ben had secured his captain's license in 1978. "Fishing has always been an avocation of mine," he told the Falmouth Enterprise in 1984. "I moved here from Connecticut to fish."
Aboard the "Ajay", a 27 ft. Nauset, Ben began his charter boat business fishing the local sounds for blues and stripers, as well as offshore, for the more adventurous tuna and white marlin. In the summer of 1986 he landed 64 tunas in a single week! He later operated a Blackfin out of Edwards Boat Yard and a Rampage from Falmouth Harbor.
In 1990, with the help of his friend, Joel J. Almeida, the Falmouth Grand Prix Offshore Fishing Tournament was launched. The special grand prize that year was offered to anyone who could boat and release a 1,000 lb. Blue Marlin, a rarity in the waters as far north as Cape Cod. Proceeds from the event were donated to Falmouth Hospital and the Billfish Foundation. Ben was also a frequent contributor to the fishing magazine, "On The Water" in its early days.
Ben is also remembered as an avid soccer fan, history buff and a great cook, winning third place in the "Knock Your Socks Off' cooking competition at the Courtyard Restaurant in West Falmouth in 1997. Ben taught cooking classes for several years for the Falmouth Community School.
After retiring from the Fishing Charter business, Ben owned and operated All Seasons Taxi Company from January 2007 to January 2016.
Ben leaves many local friends and classmates from Trinity College.
Share your memories of Ben with us on May 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Falmouth Historical Society Museums on the Green. Donations in Ben's name should be directed to the Falmouth Service Center, 611 Gifford Street, Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540.