BENJAMIN F. JONES
Benjamin Franklin Jones, a trustee at Western New England
from 1966 to 1996, died on January 14 in Stuart, FL, at the
age of 93. He is the former president and CEO of Monarch
Life Insurance Company in Springfield and the oldest
paramedic at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist
attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and a U.S. Army veteran of
World War II, he joined the Monarch Life Insurance Co. in
New York City, rising from field underwriter to managing his
own agency in Cleveland, OH, in 1953. In the early 1960s he
moved to Springfield as vice president of agency operations.
He ultimately became chairman of the board at Monarch.
Benjamin was heavily involved with civic organizations,
including the Springfield Theater Arts Association and
Wesson Memorial Hospital. He was chairman of the
Springfield Chamber of Commerce and active in promoting
the revival of Springfield’s downtown business core.
His civic awards included the prestigious Pynchon Award
for good citizenship and outstanding public service and he
was honored by the Boy Scouts of America as distinguished
citizen of the year. In 1984, Benjamin carried the ceremonial
Olympic torch on one leg of its trip to Los Angeles for the
After a 40-year career with Monarch, he began his second
career as a first responder in Springfield and later in Shelter
Island, NY, and Stuart, FL. He continued to serve as an EMT
in Shelter Island and Stuart until about a year ago.
Benjamin is survived by his wife Betty Jane; a son; and
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