Farewell, My Sweet, Sweet Man

It is with indescribable sadness that I let everyone know that my beloved Ben passed away peacefully at home on January 13th. Sweet husband, incredible father, undeniably great Mountie.  Ben and I  were together at home, surrounded by the love of our children, our family and our dear friends. At the time of his passing, Ben was surrounded by a circle of love, music was playing, and candles were lit as we all lay together in the same bed.  If there can possibly be a beautiful passing, this was it.

I miss him desperately already.  My anguish is slightly eased knowing that Ben was with those who love him most in the world, and his passing went exactly as he wished.

A Celebration of A Life Well Lived will be held and is open to anyone who wants to be inspired to live their life like Ben did. Reception to follow immediately afterwards.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Start Time: 1pm
Reception: 2:15 pm
Location: Victory Memorial Park
14831 28 Ave

Condolences can be left online at www.victoryfuneralcentre.ca.  An obituary will be placed online soon.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ben’s name to one of the causes that were near and dear to his heart. Donations can be made in his name to The Last Door, which is an addiction recovery program that saves the lives of men and boys and returns them to their families as whole, caring people with limitless potential.  This program is near and dear to Ben’s heart. The website is: http://www.lastdoor.org/donate

Donations can also be made in Ben’s name to http://bccancerfoundation.com/.
Please click on the ‘donate’ button. Donations in Ben’s name will be directed to the Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) clinical trials program. This program is the future of cancer treatment and is in need of funding.

Sleep well, sweet man.

3 thoughts on “Farewell, My Sweet, Sweet Man

  1. I have struggled to find the right words since I read of Ben’s passing the other day. Although I did not know Ben closely, it is so clear that he was a wonderful man, husband and father and his absence will be felt greatly. Wendy, thank you for allowing me a glimpse into your lives through these past months. Although I started reading this blog so I could be kept up to date on how Ben was doing, I soon found myself reading to be inspired by the love & strength & honesty you both displayed. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Kim (and the rest of the Henke family)

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  2. Wendy, I want to thank you and Ben for this blog. It was a wonderful way to keep those of us who aren’t necessarily involved in your everyday life updated on your family’s journey. I know many of the posts had to be extremely difficult to write as you wore your heart on your sleeve. Thank you for your courage and extreme openness. It’s been easy to see what an absolute source of strength you have been for everyone involved. Mike and I will be at the service to pay our respects to an amazing man. ❤️


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