UPDATE: Intentions for Ben Tured are included in the 6 AM Mass at Kristo Rai every day this week through Tuesday, September 27. There will be a Memorial Mass at 6 PM on Tuesday September 27, 2011 at Kristo Rai Church on Saipan for Ben.
Our Executive Director, Benjamin Tured, died on Monday September 19, 2011 in Yap. He worked for our program for many decades, first as a counselor starting in 1981 (a trial assistant/paralegal in Yap, Micronesia, when it was part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands) and then as a Directing Attorney (Yap office) after he graduated from William S. Richardson School of Law in Hawaii, and eventually as our MLSC Executive Director since 2004.
Ben and Mercy-sunset cruise 2009
He was still on the job in June 2011 when he developed worsening head and neck pain, which turned out to be an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Waiting to depart, sunset cruise 2009 -Jane & Ben
We are all grieving with his family--his wife Mercy, his children Maru, Sevahn and Joshua, and the many people whose lives he touched with his warm, intelligent and humorous personality.
Toasting Omar (not in photo): Ben and Lolita
His MLSC family will miss him terribly.
(Condolences to Mercy and family may be sent to her care of MLSC in Saipan or Yap:
Box 500269, Saipan, MP 96950 or Box 206, Colonia, Yap FM 96943.)