IN MEMORIAM: Ben Moss '56


The Very Rev. Robert Benjamin Moss (Class of 1956) of Medina, New York, died March 14, 2015, at the Martin-Linsin Residence of Hospice in Albion, New York. He was 88 years old. Born in Horseheads, New York, Moss graduated from high school at age 15 and went to college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he met and married Judith Lawrence Howard, his wife of 64 years.

Moss led congregations in Port Leyden and Silver Creek, New York, before becoming the priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Medina, New York, in 1965. He was the priest at St. John’s for 21 years before retiring from full-time responsibility in 1986. During that time, Ben was very active in the community, becoming a charter member of the Medina Area Association of Churches, a Kiwanis Club member, a Rotarian, a Theatre of Performing Arts actor and supporting member. He also served for many years as the Medina Police Chaplain. After 1986, he and Judy settled in Lockport, New York.

Even in retirement, Moss was an active member of the Clergy of Western New York. He performed many roles in the church including interim pastor, pastoral care and supply priest duties for Episcopal churches in Buffalo, Alden and Lockport, New York, for 20 years of part-time priestly work. During his entire adult life, Ben was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Chaplain for Camp Dittmar in Central New York and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his lon-standing service. He eventually moved back to Medina in 2007.

Along with his wife Judith, of Medina, New York, he is survived by all four of his children, Melinda (Scott) Abriss of East Northport, New York, Robert Moss and Paul Lee of New York City, Katherine (Raymond) Parker of Valders, Wisconsin and Lawrence (Leslie) Moss of Medina, New York. Also surviving him are four grandchildren, Raymond IV and Rory Parker, and Rachel and Jessica Abriss. He is also survived by his sister, Hazel (Howard) Baldwin of Englewood, Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

His family received friends on March 20 at the Cooper Funeral Home in Medina, New York, and a Memorial Eucharist was celebrated on March 21 at Christ Episcopal Church in Lockport, New York, where he served his final interim pastorship.