Benjamin J. Prescott

benBenjamin J. Prescott, 84, a long time resident of the Concord area died early October 13th at the Merrimack County Nursing Home. He was born July 29th, 1938 in Franklin, New Hampshire to Benjamin Rodney and Diana Morrell Prescott.

Throughout his life he was a worker. He started at age 10 by caddying at Concord Country Club and quit at age 13 when they started letting girls caddy. From there he went to the Concord Monitor seeking a paper route. He was told to go find some customers and when he returned several days later with 29 new customers, he became a paper boy and that lasted until the end of high school. In that same interim he held many other jobs. He worked at the New Hampshire State Hospital's kitchen, Bresner Tannery, and also as a carpenter's helper, bike repairman and small time chicken

He graduated from Concord High School in 1956 and enrolled in the University of New Hampshire. There he majored in business, graduating in 1960. The Navy and marriage followed. He married Patricia Houghton, his best friend's sister, a very happy, adventure filled life ensued. They had two sons, Brent David and Benjamin Scot. On leaving the Navy, Ben and Pat returned to New Hampshire. Ben went to work for National Cash Register selling large computers to schools, municipalities, etc. Wanting to stay in Concord, he grabbed an opportunity to buy a longtime Concord sporting goods store, Haggetts. He worked at expanding the business and opened a second bike shop in Manchester, NH.

In getting ready for retirement, he and a nephew, Winthrop Houghton, built a beautiful new home on the shore of Chebeague Island, Maine. Later he purchased a condo on St. Simons Island, Georgia. All three locations provided wonderful golf facilities. Thanks to his early caddying experience, he developed a beautiful swing and a good golf game. Concord Country Club and its friendships were an important part of his life and he served on its board of directors and as treasurer. He did the same on the Great Chebeague Island Golf Club in Maine.

Ben was predeceased by his son Benjamin Scot and his two sisters Jean Knowlton and Jane Morin. He was also predeceased by his brother-in-law, Bob Morin and brother-in-law Winthrop Houghton. He is survived by his son, Brent David and his two grandsons, Benjamin Dylan Prescott and Benjamin Savage Prescott, many nieces and nephews and his loving wife of 62 years.

Pat and Ben