It is with deep sadness that we share that Ben Paterno Sr. passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016. He was 97 years old, predeceased by his wife Mary.

Ben Sr. was an integral part of encouraging and guiding Ben Jr, his son, to start Paterno Nurseries over 45 years ago. In 1984, Ben and Mary moved to the farm to help with the business and the growing Paterno family.

Over the past two decades Ben has spent his time focused on his garden producing a wildly successful crop each year – even in his 97th year! He also thoroughly enjoyed cutting the lawn on the farm, to the point that his great grandchildren knew which one was Noni’s tractor!

Ben will be deeply missed by his family and long-time customers and business associates of Paterno Nurseries.

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