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Benjamin Acard


Friday, August 10, 2018

New London, N.H. — Benjamin Acard died peacefully at home in New London with his family and friends by his side on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. He was born on April 6, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y. On July 12, 1975 Benjamin married his soulmate Jan K. Acard, who predeceased him on Aug. 10, 2014.

He is survived by his children, Adam Acard, Brian Acard and Renee Acard; as well as grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Lisa, Carolyn, Nigel; and great-granddaughter, Emma. He is also survived by his brother, Perry Acard and his wife Barbara.

Benjamin retired in the year 2000 as Vice President of International Sales for International Forest Products Corporation. He was a true life file clerk to executive success story. In the early 1960’s he was hired by Westvaco in Manhattan to file tariffs which needed to paid by the company. He caught the attention of his supervisors when he came up with a more efficient way to do the job. By the mid and late 1960’s Benjamin had been elevated to the international sales force, and began a 35-year career of traveling the world. During his travels he made lifelong friends from around the globe, and saw more beautiful land and historic locations than most people get to experience in a lifetime.

In retirement, Benjamin and Jan fulfilled their dream of building a home in a small New England town. In New London Benjamin became actively involved as a volunteer instructor in the Adults In Learning program. He also enjoyed doing volunteer work for the New London Historical Society. Following the passing of Jan he became actively involved with two weekly men’s discussion groups where he developed new and meaningful friendships which brought him great joy during these last few years. Benjamin never stopped seeking to learn new things, and besides spending time with his family, his greatest joys were pouring a scotch, playing classical music and reading a book from his extensive library.

A private memorial service will be announced by the family in the coming days.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Benjamin’s name be made for cancer research to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Norris Cotton Cancer Center (www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org), or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (https://giving.mskcc.org).