Richard “Ben” Napert
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of another Board member. Richard “Ben” Napert was born on Dec. 10, 1949 in Berlin and died Dec. 10, 2020 at home in Berlin after a brief illness. He joined BCCHS as a worker with the ABLE Program. This is when he discovered his passion for genealogy. He was the main driver to compile the family trees as far back as he could, often to Europe. His enthusiasm for genealogy was especially evident when he presented visitors with information that he discovered about their ancestors. His expertise researching on the computer has been difficult to replace. Ben helped with the pickup of barn sale items and faithfully assisted on sale days by manning the furniture department at the Brown Company Barns. Ben was a graduate of BHS class of 1967 and was on the only State Championship football team the high school ever produced. This was an immense source of pride for him. Sports were always a large part of his life, from softball, to broomball, to bowling. As a result, he knew practically everyone in Berlin and had a large circle of friends.