, Newburyport, MA

July 22, 2013

Benjamin S. Hersey, 78

Gloucester, MA — Benjamin Smith Hersey, 78, a longtime Eastern Point resident, died Wednesday in Gloucester, after a long battle with Lewy body dementia with Parkinson's.

Mr. Hersey, a lifelong sailor, historian and lover of the Gloucester oceanfront, had served as executive director of the Gloucester Adventure fishing schooner and as an assistant Gloucester harbormaster. Mr. Hersey was a carpenter around the North Shore for many years. He was a Democratic Party activist, who served as a delegate to state conventions and on many local campaigns.

An adventure and fitness enthusiast, Mr. Hersey and his wife, Carol Roberts, rode their bicycles across the country in the summer of 2000, when Mr. Hersey was 65 years old. The two also had many sailing and travel adventures over their nearly 30 years of marriage. Mr. Hersey was a graduate of Tufts University and received a master's degree in social work from Boston University.

He was the son of the late Benjamin B. Hersey, a former Universalist minister at the Annisquam church and dean of the Tufts theological school, and his wife, the late Laura (Smith) Hersey. He was predeceased by his sister Ann Hersey Coulson of Santa Monica, Calif. Besides his wife, Mr. Hersey leaves three sons, Benjamin Scott Hersey, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Christopher S. Hersey of South Portland, Maine, and Ian B. Hersey of New York, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Elsa and Thacher Hersey of South Portland, Maine; a cousin, Greg Smith of Gloucester; as well as cousins and second cousins on Cape Cod.

ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Maritime Gloucester, in support of the youth programs, Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA, 01930. As requested, there are no calling hours. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Assisting the family is the Mackey Funeral Home, Danvers, Mass. To leave condolences, please visit