We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Potter Funeral Home
Benjamin Day Stern of Rockwood, Maine, died Friday, May 27, 2022 in a motorcycle accident in Frederick, Maryland.
Stern, 44, was a U.S. Border Patrol agent for 16 years, graduating from the service’s academy in 2007 and serving his first assignment in Laredo, TX. He later transferred to the Border Patrol’s Jackman, Maine, station where he served for 14 years, partly in a supervisory capacity.
Stern also served a special detail in the DHS’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and most recently was working on a special administrative ground floor assignment researching and writing the Border Patrol’s official doctrine.
Ben loved cooking, travel, fitness, motorcycling, playing guitar, and his dog, George, seldom going anywhere without him. He had a huge heart and when on detail in TX added two stray kittens to his pack, Mary and Lois. His family and friends admired his infectious laugh and ability to talk more than just about anyone and to debate on practically any topic. He was full of life and always up for an adventure.
A graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, Stern began his working life as a radio journalist in Putnam and Willimantic, CT, later taking a radio job in Winchester, VA, where his only child was born.
Stern was born in Belleville, NJ and grew up in Pompano Beach, FL, and Ashford, CT.
Stern is survived by his 17 year-old child, Billie Stern of Mansfield; his partner, Rebecca Himes and her son Natas of Frederick County, Maryland; Ben’s parents, Paul and Bette Day Stern, also of Mansfield; his sister and her husband, Amanda and Keith Stern-Pirlot and their children Lilly and Clara of Costa Rica; his sister Rebecca Stern and her partner Smokey Nelson of Brooklyn, NY; and his ex-wife Sarah Stern of Mansfield.
Stern’s family will receive relatives and friends Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St, Willimantic, CT.