Hon. Benjamin M. DuBose, age 80, went to meet his maker on January 7, 2019.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his: wife Geraldine, daughter Tracy Steiner & husband Rob in Cocoa; Son Jeff DuBose and wife Celeste in Groveland, three grandchildren; Tina Morgan, Gino and Christian Alleva; and three great-grandchildren, Gio, Bella and Vivi Alleva.
Mr .DuBose was born in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY and graduated PS 115, McBurney H.S. and Brooklyn College with a degree in Police Science. He became a police officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ and retired in 1979. During his tenure he was elected as a union delegate for over a dozen years before being elected Vice President for six years. He also served as a State and National delegate for the second largest police department in the State of NY
In 1964, during the Barry Goldwater days he was a Founder of the New York State Conservative Party and for over twenty years he was a state elected official for his party. He ran unsuccessfully for the NYS Senate in a predominantly Democratic area in Brooklyn, and received the Republican nomination as well.
Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s he was the Executive Director for the Flatlands Development Corp. A state funded, non-profit group that provided community services to over 150,000 residents in Brooklyn, NY. During this time he was the President of the Canarsie Historical Society, one of the most active historical groups in Brooklyn. He wrote and produced two magazines on the history of Brooklyn and wrote hundreds of articles for two local weeklies, plus articles for the NY Times, the Daily News and several Archeology publications. He served five years as Secretary for the NYC Chapter of the NYS Archeology Society.
In 1986 Gov. Mario Cuomo appointed him to the NYS Constitutional Bi-Centennial Commission. And in 1988 he was an invited guest to the Reagan White House.
He moved to Brevard County in 1996 and has been very active in community affairs: serving as a board member of his home owners association for over a dozen years and as president for two years. For six years he served as a Regional Vice President for the National Spanish American War Veterans and was active in the Liberty Bell Museums hundredth anniversary of the sinking of THE MAINE. As a long-time member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans he was their Public Relations Officer. For 20years he has been an active member of the Brevard Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and has served as a board member for almost the entire time, rising to President. During this time he has participated in many parades, given hundreds of historical talks and rose to a State Regional Vice President for 4 years, and served as a Member At Large on the State Board of Directors for 2 years. He has received over a dozen medal for his efforts, including the prestigious Patriot Medal presented to only 3 out of the 2,000+ state members each year and a Lifetime Achievement Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition he was the creator and directed the ceremonies for The Last Naval Battle of the Revolutionary War which drew hundreds of marchers, at the Brevard Veterans Center on Merritt Island, for the first 9 years.
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