Martha Stewart has delivered a heartfelt eulogy at a funeral for a builder, his wife, and their grandson just six years after the builder’s daughter claimed that the “domestic diva” was her married father’s mistress.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Martha Stewart delivered the heartbreaking eulogy in the Hamptons over the weekend after the three perished in a tragic private jet crash.
Bernard “Ben” Krupinski was considered a “builder to the stars,” who built lavish homes in the Hamptons for the likes of Billy Joel, Ben Crenshaw, and Stewart herself.
He and his wife Bonnie, both 70, died along with their 22-year-old grandson.
The plane crashed off the coast of East Hampton last Saturday, and the Coast Guard called off the search for their bodies the following Monday.
Jon Kenneth Dollard, who was the plane’s pilot, also died in the crash.
While she delivered the memorial, Stewart recalled the beginning of their friendship, which took place in the 1990s. At the time, she said that she was looking for a home in the tony Long Island, New York, hamlet, and Ben was able to deliver one to her that he designed himself.
Martha Stewart and Ben Krupinski enjoyed such a close friendship that, when she was released from federal prison in 2005, he hopped on his private plane and went to get her in Virginia to bring her home.
Ben also later renovated Stewart’s 24-room home in the Hamptons, and she dubbed his work “extraordinary!”
At around the same time, Ben’s estranged daughter began claiming that her father and Stewart were having an affair right under Bonnie’s nose, but that’s a claim that was categorically denied, not only by Stewart and Ben, but by Bonnie herself, as well.
In fact, Stewart enjoyed a close friendship with the entire family throughout Ben’s life.