- Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:01
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff
February 19, 1922 – February 9, 2014
Resident of Los Altos Hills
Ben passed peacefully in his home on February 9 surrounded by his six children while praying the Rosary. He is now reunited with the love of his life, wife Teresa (Chisholm) Hurley, who predeceased Ben by three months.
He would tell you that being married to Terry for over 60 years was his greatest source of joy.
Ben was a loving husband, devoted father to six, “Da” and hero to his thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and Uncle to countless nieces and nephews. In fact, he was never happier than when he was attending a wedding or any other celebration with the Hurley and Chisholm clans. Ben created an enduring legacy that will live on in our hearts.
Born February 19, 1922 in Charlestown, MA, to Mary and Jeremiah Hurley, he was the third of seven children. Growing up in Charlestown, Ben graduated from the prestigious Boston Latin High School. At that time, America was entering WWII. Ben joined the US Army Air Corps at the age of 19, becoming a flight instructor and flying B-17’s for the 92nd Bomb Group of the “Mighty Eighth” Air Corp, in the 407th Bombardment Squadron (H), stationed at RAF Podington, England. In addition to his thirteen bombing missions over Nazi Germany and occupied territories, he helped to liberate POWs, and also flew post war diplomatic missions. He reached the rank of Captain and was awarded five medals of recognition.
After the War he received his law degree from Boston College. Upon graduation he joined the FBI as an agent. After Ben and Terry were married in Boston in 1953, she joined him in New York City and he began practicing admiralty law.
In 1960 Ben began a business career with Textron in Rhode Island, and eventually with Xerox Corporation in New York City, holding various sales management field positions during the early 1960s. As part of his fast track career, he was the New Products Development Manager in Rochester N.Y., and was eventually transferred to California serving as the Western Region Senior Operations Manager. He worked at Xerox Corporation for over 25 years. During his career he accepted five job transfers, eventually landing the family in Los Altos Hills in 1970. After falling in love with the Los Altos community, especially St. Nicholas Parish and School communities and St. Francis High School, Ben vowed to never move again. Ben and Terry forged lifelong friendships and deep roots within the community.
After retiring from Xerox, Ben again changed careers finding his new passion in commercial real estate. He finally retired in December 2012 at the age of 90. Although Ben and Terry travelled extensively throughout the world, they especially looked forward to their annual trips to Cabo San Lucas and Palm Springs, and of course Boston.
Ben is survived by his six children. Terry Symula (George) of Harvard, MA, Bernard Hurley Jr. (fiancé, Camille Green) of Denver, CO, Ken Hurley (Ginny) of San Jose, CA¸ Betsy Komo (John) of Los Altos, CA, Nancy Fiegel (Don) of Pleasanton, CA and Dan Hurley (Amy) of Littleton, CO. Ben was extremely proud of his grandchildren: Danielle, Matt, Michael, Tommy, Timmy, Lizzy, Madeline, Caroline, Jennifer, Andrew, KC, David, Katie and his two great grandchildren, Seth and Emma. Ben was predeceased by his siblings John, Catherine, Anna, Mary, Jerry, and Joseph and his grandchildren Teresa and Benjamin.
We will be celebrating Ben’s life with a Rosary on Friday, February 28, at 7:00 pm at St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. William Church, 611 S El Monte Ave, Los Altos, CA at 10 am on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ben’s honor may be made to Boys & Girls Club of Boston--Charlestown (www.bgcb.org); the St. Nicholas School Endowment Fund—Terry Hurley, c/o St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022; or the Ben and Terry Hurley Memorial Fund at St. Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040. Arrangements by Spangler Mortuary, Los Altos, CA.