Ben Ritter

Profile Updated: April 10, 2021
Ben Ritter
Residing In: Tampa, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Alder Allensworth Ritter
Children: Heidi, born 1978; Stephanie, born 1980
Current Occupation or Former Occupation (if retired): Currently employed as Outreach Consultant to the Self-Reliance Center for Independent Living in Tampa, Florida. http://self-reliance.org
Military Service: Marine Corps. Honorably discharged as SGT. E-5  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Grandchildren:

Sienna and Aiden

Retired? Semi-retired? Not yet?

Retirement is not on the horizon

A memorable story about school or growing up in Montclair.

My father died when I was 10. My mother moved our family from Towanda, Pennsylvania back to Montclair to live with her parents on Lorraine Avenue. We lived in a tiny carriage house behind Granddad's house until Mom evenutally purchased a home on Wildwood Avenue - Mom, me, my brother Sheldon, and my sister, Lynn. I attended Montclair Academy and transferred to MHS.

Memories - I remember helping Michael Pecherer rebuild the engine of his '52 Ford; Weekend evening drives with buddies to Greenwich Village to hear newbie's perform at the Bitter End Coffee House: Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Jose Feliciano, The Tarriers, Bill Cosby and others; Bowling at 3:00 a.m downhill on Eagle Rock Drive with David and a few nutsy gutsy buddies - David let fly a ball that we never recovered; Guitar lessons starting at the age of 14 with Bob Wilson in Upper Montclair - he taught me well; Jam sessions in the basement rec room of my mother's house on Wildwood Avenue; Driving my granddad's neat '48 stick shift Packard; Alice Bubriski - my favorite teacher. And, of course, drinking those Awful-Awful milkshakes with buddies at Bonds! A lot of bonds were formed at Bonds! ~

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Oct 27, 2021 at 3:19 PM

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Oct 23, 2021 at 2:37 PM

Happy Birthday Anne-Tove, AKA The Viking Lady!

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Oct 19, 2021 at 9:15 PM

Hi Linda. Ben in sunny Tampa

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Happy Birthday Paul! Ben in sunny Tampa.

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Happy Birthday Carl! Ben in sunny Tampa

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Happy Birthday Linda! Enjoy your Special Day!

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Oct 27, 2020 at 12:44 PM

Dear Julie: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a good one - and many more!

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Happy Birthday Rosemary! Enjoy your special day!

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Dear Linda: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! - and may you have many, many more!

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Dear Kate, Happy Birthday! Ben in sunny Tampa.

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Happy Birthday Janet! Glad you escaped Hurricane Dorian!

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Hi Linda. Looks like another year of maturing has come to pass: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Good day for celebrating with Peter - Steaks, cake & Margaritas? Ben in sunny Tampa

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Happy Birthday Annette!

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Happy Birthday Kate! - and Happy Valentine's Day! Ben in sunny Tampa

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
May 2009 - Enjoyed the Grand Scenery in Arizona. Visited Ben's daughter & family in Phoenix.
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Summer 2009 - Tony Orlando is a "Puerto-Grecan" - 1/2 Greek, 1/2 Puerto Rican.
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December 2009 - General David and Holly Petreaus - Christmas Holiday Reception at the U.S. Central Command HQ at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa.
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Summer 2009 - Fishing with buddies on the "Miss Beverly" - The worst day of fishing is better than the best day in the office.
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"Catching" is better than "Fishing"

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October 1, 2010 - An enjoyable afternoon and evening at Epcot, Disney World in Orlando. This was the first day of Epcot's annual International Food and Wine Festival. We strolled and sipped and snacked, attended an outdoor concert performed by Taylor Dayne (Spunky lady!) and watched an incredible 15 minute fireworks display!
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October 1, 2010 - In the morning at a medical expo at Disney we met "The Fonz" - Henry Winkler of the 1970's TV show HAPPY DAYS. He was there plugging Botox, which was approved in March by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat spasms (spasticity) in the flexor muscles of the elbow, wrist and fingers in adults who have had a stroke.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I was employed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) in Tampa as the region's Government Relations Director until May 30, 2012 when budget cuts forced the elimination of my position. I continue to advocate for benefits for our veterans who have spinal cord injuries - and for non-veterans with disabilities. This photo was taken several years ago in Tallahassee. I was speaking with the late Admiral LeRoy Collins, Executive Director for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, and former Miss Florida 2007, Kylie Williams, who works with the Florida DVA office to assist our Florida veterans. Veterans make up approximately 10% of Florida's population. Tampa is home to the nation's busiest VA Hospital.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Relaxing in our back yard by the swimming pool, pulling weeds. We have veggie gardens. The weeds grow faster than the veggies (sound familiar?) If we don't pick our pinapples as soon as they are ripe, the racoons and possums get them. Its a gnawing problem.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Hand cranking on the Friendship TrailBridge - a 2.6 mile long bridge over Tampa Bay that connects Tampa with St. Petersburg. This two lane highway bridge, built in 1956, was converted in 1999 to a hiking, biking, rollerblading fishing trail – the longest over-the-water recreation trail in the USA. Pictured with me are Alder and a couple of good buddies: Frank and Dinah Miller. Frank led the citizens’ group that saved the Bridge in 1997. The money slated for demolition was used to refurbish. But the Bridge was closed again for safety reasons in 2008. A new citizens’ group, led by two architects, is leading the charge to save & rebuild, estimated @ $25 - $30 million. To read more about the current bridge-saving efforts, go to: http://friendshiptrailbridge.com/