Ben Ferrara, 88 of Harrington Park, NJ passed away on October 26, 2013. Born in Bogota, NJ he lived in New Milford, NJ before moving to Harrington Park, NJ 53 years ago. Ben was the NJ State Director of Economic Development for 7 years, retiring in 1990. Prior he worked for AT &T Information Technology Systems as a Division Manager for 37 years. Ben proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army. He was a member of Gov. Kean's Economic Development Council, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, American Management Association, President of the National and Bergen County Chapter of Hobby Greenhouse Associations, Bergen County Master Gardeners-Executive Committee, member of the Harrington Park Planning Board and Environmental Commission, Chairman of the Mayor's Public Information System and Public Transportation Committee, President of the Harrington Park Swim Club, member of the American Legion Post # 30, Harrington Park, elected member of Our Lady of Victories Church Council, chairman of Pack 111 Scout Committee, member of the Bergen County Board of Ethics, arbitrator for the Bergen County Better Business Bureau, President of the Harrington Park Club 60 Seniors Organization, member of the Bergen County Senior Coordinating Council, Elected Member to the Bergen County Republican Hall of Fame, President of the Republican Club of Harrington Park and District Chairman for Legislative District 39. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Edwina (Rugo) Ferrara; his daughter, Judith Nemetz and her husband Michael; his sons, Tom Ferrara and Lee Ferrara and his wife Linda; his grandchildren, Tom, Kristy, Jackie, Lindsey and Dan and his great grandchildren, McKenzie, Mason, Tommy and Milania. Funeral from the Becker Funeral Home on Wednesday 9am with a 10am funeral mass at Our Lady of Victories Church, Harrington Park, NJ. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Hackensack, NJ. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Ben's memory.