Benjamin Stanley Labinski

Benjamin Stanley Labinski

August 4, 1939 – Feb. 12, 2024

Benjamin Stanley Labinski began service for eternal duty on February 12, 2024 in Nome, Alaska at the age of 84. He leaves behind a warm legacy of memories and friendships throughout Nome and the Being Straits region.

Born on August 4, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, he and his younger sibling Virgina lived in the harder times of old New York next to the old ship yards. 

His educational years were spent in the strict schooling of Our Lady of Czestochowa where the firmness of discipline served him well for his later training the United States Navy.

Ben enlisted into service in July of 1957 at the age of 17, qualifying for the best electronics school the Navy had to offer. He was stationed aboard the Destroyer USS Stickle, the “Triple eight ball” as it was known for its ship number 888. As an electronics technician, he was a part of the transition from vacuum tube electronics to solid state and was quick to become a valuable asset to his fleet. Ben was honorably discharged in July of 1960 and used his training to enter a career in electronics and communications. His various careers took him to Europe, and across the United States. 

His family life began in Texas where he married and had his first son, Steve. Fates and fortunes would uproot him where he found his way to Alaska where he started his new career maintaining the White Alice sites for commercial phone communications. He eventually transitioned into today's satellite and earth station communications where he spent a 30-year career keeping Alaska in contact with the world. His career allowed him to network with the pilots, technicians and wonderful families throughout the region, and he always remained a strong advocate for Veteran causes. 

With a new career, he came into the lives of Leora and Jacob Kenick in Nome. He began a family with his new son, Stosh. A lifetime of adventure resulted in a well-earned retirement in 2001. He was proud to continue his Veteran causes and serve as a mentor to an expanding family and to those who lovingly called him "Poppa". He talked to so many about so many things, and as he always said- his initials were B S. But to those who were a part of his life, the family thanks you for sharing a life well lived. 

Ben was preceded in death by his parents Vivian and Stanley Labinski and his sister Virgina Labinski.

He is survived by wife Leora, sons Steven (Martin), Stosh (Jessa) and Jacob (Theresa) and his grandchildren Molly, Parker, Mila, Jackson and Brode.


The Nome Nugget

PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
Fax: (907) 443-5112

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