Thanks for letting us know, Bill. Thoughts go out to Peggy and the rest of his family. A real gentleman, so reminds me of my grandfather. Don't know his age, but must have been pushing 8 decades, and still loved to ride the old bikes and hang around with the young uns. He will leave a mark on all that knew him.
I died as mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was human,
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die human, To soar with angels blessed above. And when I sacrifice my angel soul I shall become what no mind ever conceived. As a human, I will die once more. Reborn, I will with the angels soar.
And when I let my angel body go, I shall be more than mortal mind can know.
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"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
Ben was one of the best, a gentleman, a friend, a mentor .... I think he would have been 80 this year, but he was doing everything he wanted to do, on his terms, right up to the last minute.
Hard to believe the number of things he had done and the amount of work, and play, that he accomplished in his life. Soldier, dairy farmer, horseman, vintage bike and car enthusiast, caregiver, friend to everyone, it's a huge list.
I'll think of him every time I throw a leg over one of my Britbikes ....
Of the many dear friends I have made on Britbike, Ben was the one I was closest to. He was like an uncle to me.
I will miss our meals together at Mid Ohio and the Three State.
I will miss riding in his truck listening to his stories of being a dairy farmer, dealing with his elderly father, how to drive a Model T Ford, and his road trips when he was in the army. All told with a bluegrass CD being played in the background and dear Peggy sitting in the back seat.
I will miss his singing and guitar playing - we would play at Mid Ohio every year in the evening and at the Three State when I could attend. He would bring his old banjo for me to play. He loved traditional bluegrass and had a wonderful voice.
Sad news indeed. Another empty seat at Mid Ohio. Tarvin, Bonzo, now Ben. We must remember to cherish the times we can get together. There are so many wonderful people we have met through Britbike. Sadly, we and the hobby in general, are not getting younger. I hope when I go I can go like Ben. Godspeed Ben.
Not one of the best, Ben was THE best, first met him at Brimfield MA. And we were friends from the get go, me and him were always the first up of a morning. Always remember chatting with him in the Lannis homestead over coffee, never did ask how he lost that finger...?
God speed old friend, thank you for the great times...
Me and Janette are thinking about Peggy & family at this sad time...
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Only meet Ben once at the Inter Rally in Petaluma in 2014. When I mentioned on here that I thought it would be fun to try to come out to the York Meet one year he invited me to meet him and Bill and ride along with them to the show. I barely knew him but feel a great loss. My heartfelt feelings go out to his wife, family and friends. Tip a cow hiya.