Benjamin F. Trimble, Sr. of Southampton raced his remaining lap, Monday, June 6, 2022. He was 94.
Benny was a initially-generation Irish American the only little one of Alexander Trimble of Bryansford, County Down, and Kathryn Franklin of Philadelphia.
He grew up in the Oakdale segment of Hainesport, and attended Mount Holly Higher School till he was requested to leave for using his horse, Tony, via the hallways.
At 17, Benny convinced his mother to indication for him to enlist in the U.S. Navy.
He underwent Seabee training and was straight away sent to the Pacific Theatre. Whilst there, he and his fellow troops served assist the Maritime Corps in the course of the invasion of Okinawa in the Spring of 1945. He was one of the very first American forces to enter Hiroshima soon after the atomic bombing. Next his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Benny moved to Florida the place he qualified as a race car driver and mechanic. With the onset of the Korean War, Ben enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps to as soon as once again serve his region. In 1954, immediately after earning the grade of Sergeant, Ben returned to New Jersey and civilian lifestyle.
He began creating and racing midgets and TQs in the 1950s at New Egypt Speedway, Wall Stadium, and Atlantic City Convention Corridor. In 1966, a single of his builds acquired him the “Best Engineered Auto Award” in the Nationwide Rod and Customized Clearly show in Hartford, Connecticut.
He opened his very first vehicle maintenance shop, the Mill Street Garage, in Mt. Holly in 1958.
A master mechanic and businessman, he went on to individual Mt. Holly Yamaha in the 1970s, adopted by various gasoline stations and automobile maintenance retailers in the Mt. Holly and Southampton spots.
He also labored as an arbitrator for N.A.D.E and Commonweath Auto Auction for more than 25 several years. He was commonly sought just after and highly regarded for his potential to diagnose and repair just about anything with an engine. All the whilst he pursued his passion as a race vehicle driver, racing every thing from stock autos to 3 quarter midgets wherever he produced his mark as a intense competitor and innovator of the activity. Benny continued to actively race nicely into his 80s.
Ben was a single of the founders of the South Jersey Enduro Riders in 1963. He served as the club’s president for the initially 10 yrs, and started off the Curly Fern Enduro in 1967.
He acquired his personal pilot’s license in the early 70s, flying his very own Cessna for lots of several years, and later fixing and traveling vintage WWI and WWII plane at airshows. In the early 80s he acquired his license as a horse trainer, and appreciated many yrs functioning with Standardbreds at Warren Cameron Stables in Southampton.
In 1994, at the age of 67, he bought his very first Harley Davidson, and used numerous summers driving the back again roadways of New Jersey. He was a self-taught musician and played guitar his whole life. He used hrs enjoying along to tapes of his hero, Chet Atkins, whom he finally obtained to meet up with.
One of his finest joys was dressing up as Santa Claus, a custom he started out with his personal young children. He would afterwards go on to participate in the part at the once-a-year Mt. Holly Township Police Department’s Vacation Celebration for the F.W. Holbein University for numerous many years and for the grandchildren of close friends until finally he was 92.
He was a member of the Mt. Holly Moose Lodge #737, Medford VFW Publish 7677, the American A few Quarter Midget Racing Affiliation (ATQMRA),
and The Peaceful Birdmen.
A resident of Southampton considering the fact that 1974, he served on the Township’s Zoning Board in the early 80s. His most new honor was getting selected as the Grand Marshal for the Township’s 143rd Yearly Memorial Day Parade. Sad to say, because of to his declining wellness, Benny was unable to participate.
Ben is survived by his wife of 58 a long time, Julianne and 4 youngsters: Benjamin F. Trimble II (Dana), Michael Trimble (Evelyn), Shannon Trimble, and Kelly Eid (Joseph). He was “Pop Pop” to Andrew, Jeffrey, Caroline, and Christian.
Good friends are invited to visit with the spouse and children on Friday, June 10, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM at Perinchief Chapels, 438 Higher Street Mount Holly, NJ 08060. A support will be held at 8 PM. A non-public funeral with Navy Honors is planned at BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the household asks that you perform a random act of kindness for a stranger, and think of Ben.
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