Ben March

June 10th, 2002 - March 30th, 2021

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Passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Ben March in his 19th year, beloved son of Paul and Tess March. Cherished brother of Kyle and twin sister Jessica. Dear grandson of Lena (the late Benjamin) DePasquale and Paul and Jean March. Ben will also be lovingly remembered by his aunts, uncles, cousins and his Mariposa Wrestling Family. Ben was enrolled in the Fire Prevention Services Program at Centennial College where he achieved great success and became well respected by his captains and platoon. Ben also had great success competitively wrestling which took him to national and international competitions. Ben was also an avid rep hockey player in both Barrie and Oro. A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, April 8, 2021, you can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clX03hSh0fM

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Name Ben March
Date of Birth June 10th, 2002
Date of Death March 30th, 2021
Home Town Barrie, ON, CA 
In Memoriam Donation Royal Victoria Hospital Youth and Mental Health Unit
In Memoriam Donation Support the March family
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Funeral Home Adams Funeral Home And Cremation Services Ltd 
Cemetery St Mary's Catholic Cemetery
Address 208 Sunnidale Road
Barrie ON L4M 5R4
Canada

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Paul March published a tribute .

A loving message from dad
My dearest Benjamin,
Never did I ever imagine I would have to sit down and write a goodbye message to you; children are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way around.
But I don’t want to dwell on your passing, I want to celebrate your living.
Your family and friends were honored to have you a part of their lives for almost 19 years; those years were full of great memories and love. Through all those years, your beautiful soul and happy demeanor shone through for all to see.
Seeing how many people have reached out since you passed is a testament to how you impacted their lives and how much people thought of you; we just wish you had been able to take a step back when you were hurting and see how much people cared. Your great friend Cam is here to carry you on your final journey.
We have received so many pictures and memories on your myKeeper site, from your school friends and those in your firefighting program. I remember you calling one day to tell me you were first dressed in your bunker gear competition, and how pleased you were. How you would call daily to see if your ‘G’ license was in as you wanted to get ready for your D-Z license so you could drive the firetrucks. Ben, it arrived on Monday, and if you feel under your hands, I placed it in your coffin. I think about how much you loved your roommates Andre and Ben, you three were like brothers. I think about how you went to visit your twin sister at Brock, but told her you had to rush back early Sunday as you and Ben were volunteering the toy drive. I can’t tell you how many times I called you on the weekends and you would text back to say you were at the toy drive…you loved helping out there. I recall the calls when you were so excited about what you learned that day. To hear how much your captains thought of you and how they have canceled classes so your platoon and classmates can all attend your service remotely is another testament to you. We buried you in your uniform because we know how proud you were to be part of that program. Your roommate, platoon-mate Ben is here to carry you on your final journey.
Benjamin, I think back to the hours we spent together when I coached you in hockey; we have so many beautiful memories from those years; the trips to tournaments, the mini-stick games throughout the hotel, trying to wake you for 6 a.m. practices….I treasure those. My best hockey memory is getting you all dressed up in Kyle’s old hockey gear when you were 4 and taking you the parent/ tot skates. You would zip around and then fall asleep in your booster chair in the car and I would carry you in and lay you on the couch fully dressed in that gear. And look today at how many of your former teammates and their families are honoring you today either in person or remotely. Coach Joe is here to carry you on your final journey.
I fondly cherish the countless hours we spent in the car traveling to wrestling practices, camps, competitions, and weekend clinics. I laugh when I think how I would only take cut veggies for lunch just like you when you were cutting weight so we could go through that together, and how we would run hills at Sunnidale Park together, even though I could never keep up. I laugh at how Coach Farid would tell you, you were going on a 10 km run, but didn’t tell you that was only the halfway point. I remember how excited and proud you were to compete in Poland and Mexico. I think about hugging you when you lost a match and celebrating with you when you won; the group hugs of joy from all of your Mariposa family after a big win…there is no other sport in the world that people of all races, religions, backgrounds, all act like family to one another…I am thankful we had that opportunity to be a part of that family and we will always be so. Don’t tell coach Bob, but you are wearing a Mariposa singlet in your coffin as we wanted to honor that part of your life. Ben, you can see by the outpouring of emotion from your wrestling family, how much they loved you. Your favorite coaches, Coach Bob and Coach Farid are here to carry you on your final journey.
As a twin, you and Jessica shared a beautiful bond that few can know. I remember carrying the two of you in your baby carriers to church when you were just born and every week, the priest asked if my arms were longer. Seeing the vast number of pictures of the two of you together as you grew up brings back so many memories. The fact that the two of you grew even closer as adults is even more heart-warming.
Benjamin, you know how much Kyle loved you too. I remember him coming with us to shinny and public skating and him standing there waiting to show you how to do a skill. I remember the two of you out on our backyard rink together getting frost-bitten toes. He always looked out for you and you were so blessed to have such a loving older brother. Your loving brother Kyle is here to carry you on your final journey.
You know how much your family loved you which is why this is so hard for all of us to accept that we won’t be able to see you succeed as a firefighter, get married, have children, all the things you wanted in your future. There are no words to describe how much your mom, Kyle, and Jess adored you and our pain is that we know what an incredible future and life journey you had in front of you.
My dearest Ben, I could go on forever with all my memories of you, but I won’t; I am going to come to visit you at the cemetery regularly, sit down with you and we will share those memories just you and I.
You will forever be a part of us, of me…..I could not be more proud of the man you became, and I hope you are looking down and smiling, feeling the outpouring of love from so many.
Ben, I will love you forever,

Dad

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Tamara Sylvan published a comment .

The Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive is so grateful for all of Ben's hardwork and commitment. I spent many hours with Ben on those weekends and grew to love him and his shining light. We have made a donation in Ben's name to the Child and Youth Mental Health clinic that you mentioned, in lieu of flowers.
Ben meant the world to us and we will keep you updated on how we will honor his memory for this year's season.

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Saroya Wrestling Family published a tribute .

Our family knew Ben from wrestling. He was great kid. He always came with his dad who recoded him and other kids wrestling on the mat or coaches teaching new lesson!

Our deepest condolences to the family.
It just breaks our heart that he had to leave so soon.

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Coach Ashok published a comment .

My deepest condolences for you and your family and friends at this most difficult time.

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Steve & Grace Buddington published a comment .

Our sincere thoughts and prayers in this difficult time to the March Family. Praying you’ll feel the presence of the Lord and draw strength and hope as you rest in His Peace and Comfort. With Deepest Sympathy,
Buddington’s Family

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Mike And Sandy Poitras And Family published a tribute .

We will always remember Ben as an amazing goalie and talented team player on our Barrie soccer team so many years ago. He was a fun-loving kid who was great to coach. We are so very saddened to hear of his passing and send our heartfelt condolences to the March family.

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Linda Preston published a tribute .

Thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire March family. I’m so sorry for your loss

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Josianne Desroches published a tribute .

Ben was always so funny. He’s the guy you see when you simply need a good laugh or a simple smile. It’s so hard to believe he’s gone. It was an honor being part of his journey. Heaven got themselves a great one. May you Rest In Peace

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Emma Hanney published a tribute .

Ben brightened a room every time he walked in, I have so many memories of Ben always with a huge smile on his face. He was such an amazing person and friend I am so lucky to have crossed paths with him the past few years. I’ll never forget those memories with him, watching him wrestle or messing around to him getting his license.
Tess and Paul, I am so sorry for your loss, please know you raised such an amazing young man, respectful, caring and loving kid. He was a honorable guy who always put others needs before himself and was so caring, I hope to always remember the fun amazing times. Jess and Kyle you guys are so strong and know that he’ll always be with you in heart and spirit.
My Prayers go to all of you, Rest easy my friend.

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Alissa Mallett published a tribute .

I am so sorry for your lost Ben was a great kid and will be missed by so many people

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Sharon Mallett published a tribute .

I'm so so sorry for your lost.... He was a great person and he was fun person to be by.

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Julia Thompson published a tribute .

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I met Ben and Jess when I was 15 through rowing and school. Ever since the first day we met, we became amazing friends. We had countless movie nights/sleepovers and adventures. Ben always had these spiderman sheets, which happens to be one of my favourite superheroes! Then in the morning we always had our favourite breakfast, Leaping Lemurs (Ben loved these). I moved across the country to Alberta and still think of Ben when I see a box of leaping lemurs on the shelf.

Ben was an incredible person. He always put your needs before his own, he found the positive in everything and had the biggest contagious smile. I will cherish all our memories and our friendship forever! Ben, you were a very special person to me and I will miss and love you forever.

To Jess, Kyle, and Mr.& Mrs. March: your family and Ben are in my thoughts and prayers and my heart goes out to you all.

Love,
Julia Thompson

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Anonymous published a tribute .

I was Bens first kiss. I realize this is dumb to talk about, but it’s just I have so many happy and positive memories with Ben. He was truly an amazing and caring person to all. I am honoured to have been in his life.

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Nicholas Cryer published a tribute .

Ben was a great friend to many in the Barrie wrestling community and his loss has been deeply felt. Many of our kids were completely devastated to hear of Ben’s passing.
To the March family, and all our friends at JOA, Mariposa Wrestling and the surrounding community we were sorry to hear of your loss.
--- Coach Cryer (Bear Creek SS, KBay Wrestling Coach).

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Peter Shipley published a tribute .

Sincere and heartfelt condolences to you Paul, Tess, Kyle, Jessica and your entire extended family. His smile and loving manner will always be remembered. Luv ya. The Shipleys

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Turner St. John Leite published a tribute .

Ben was one of the kindest people I have known. I only knew him for a short while at the fire program but will never forget how contagious his smile and energy was. We had many great memories together and he always made us laugh. My condolences to the March family, Ben will never be forgotten and will live on through us always and forever.

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Sharon Foulkes published a tribute .

Tess, Paul, Kyle and Jessica,

Our deepest condolences to you all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Benjamin.

With much love,

Sharon, Taylor and Jonathan

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Misty Pews published a tribute .

Paul, Tess, Jessica and dearest Kyle.
We are heartbroken for your loss and want to say how lucky Ben is to have all of you as his family. Please know our prayers are with you at this time. God bless you.
Misty, Rob, Jack and Carly Pews

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Dave And Anne-Marie Ezeard published a tribute .

Ben, you were a part of so many of our happiest memories. We are heartbroken that we will never again hear Cam and you running upstairs, full of laughs, on your way out the door to some crazy adventure.

We promise to honour you by trying to live as you did; caring for our friends and family, and leaving everyone around you better than they were.

If heaven didn’t have a rink or a wrestling mat before, it does now.

All our love to the March family. Rest In Peace, Ben.

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Margaret Ayers-Conway published a comment .

Hugs to your family too xo

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Karen Hotte published a tribute .

Sending my deepest condolences to the March family.
I am blessed to have known all 3 March kids through wrestling at Nouvelle-Alliance. I am so very sad to hear of Ben’s passing. He was such a happy enthusiastic boy with a tremendous amount of contagious energy. Every chance he got, he came out of class for either a weigh in, to see who his competitors were for the next tournament, what time we were leaving or just to make sure we were having practice that night. So happy to hear he continued his passion for wrestling through the Mariposa family! I will forever remember his smiling freckled face that brightened up a room as he entered. You will be sadly missed by so many Ben!
I hope you’re still wrestling up in heaven!

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Kim Pepin (Henderson) published a tribute .

J'ai eu le plaisir d'enseigner Ben à l'école Frère-André. J'ai de bons souvenirs de son sourire, son rire et son caractère farceur. Mes sympathies à toute la famille.

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Rodney Johnston published a tribute .

Ben was respectful young man, who was a pleasure to work with in the classroom at all times. He was dependable and dedicated, and will be deeply missed. Please accept my sincere condolences to your family.

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Dave Carscadden published a tribute .

Ben played hockey with Jack and was always a good, supportive teammate and friend. Having been lucky enough to have interacted with him through numerous sports, as well as at the dinner table, our family benefitted greatly from his genuine, authentic kindness. We are fortunate to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica. May the fond memories of Ben's kind soul help you move forward during these tough times.
Dave, Lissa, Jack and Alexa Carscadden

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Myriam Boucher published a tribute .

Sincere condoleances.
Les souvenirs sont nombreux: le coin des petits, les spectacles à Frère-André, Nouvelle-Alliance, l'aviron... Je garderai le souvenir d'un jeune garçon accueillant, aimable, souriant et farceur. Puisse le temps atténuer la douleur laissée par son départ et faire place aux nombreux souvenirs heureux que tous ceux qu'il a touchés garderont de lui. Repose en paix, Ben.
My prayers are with you Tess, Paul, Kyle and Jessica.

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Renee Gaudet published a tribute .

Words cannot express the sorrow and sadness we feel at the loss of Ben. Please accept pie condolences and know that we are thinking of you

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Lisa Cluett published a tribute .

We are so sad for you and your family. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of Ben. May you find comfort and support from your Mariposa Wrestling family and all the wonderful memories and friendships made. The impact of his loss is far reaching.

The Bussieres/Cluett family.

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Julie Larsen published a tribute .

So very sorry to hear about Ben
Our hearts go out to you in this time. Condolences to your family
Lars and Julie Larsen Michael, Samantha, Julia

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Carlayne Mccormick published a tribute .

Dear Tess, Paul, Kyle and Jessica. Words can not express our sympathy for the loss of this precious boy. We met young Ben, like many did, at the ice rinks. He was a great hockey player and always supportive of his sister and brother.
Many hugs from all of the McComicks, Kevin, Carlayne, Natalie, Audrey and Dan.

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Meredith Warboys published a tribute .

Ben was one of the first kids that Liam wrestled. The moment I looked at him, I could just tell what a kind kid he was - even before talking to him. He was so sportsman-like and supportive to my son who at the time was brand new to wrestling. After the match, I left the gym, and Ben came after me - and made a special point of telling me that "your son is a good wrestler." I was so touched by this gesture - and the more I spoke with him over the years, I knew my first impression was spot on. Liam was very lucky to have had him as a team mate and friend. The Warboys Family sends their heart felt condolences.

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Shaun And Angela Laughlin published a tribute .

Dear Tess, Paul, Kyle and Jessica. We are so sorry you are experiencing such a great loss. We are thinking of you all and have you in our prayers. May God rest Ben's kind, sweet soul in peace and may the love of family and friends comfort you. The heart remembers most what it has loved best. May the wonderful memories you have comfort you and bring healing. With love from your family, Cheryl DeSantis-Laughlin, John DeSantis, Ian Laughlin, Emily DeSantis and Shaun, Angie, Julia Laughlin.

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Ceilidh Macdonald published a tribute .

There aren't enough words to even begin to describe how wonderful of a person Ben was. I think back to all of the years I had the honour of being friends with him, and he had, without a doubt, one of the biggest hearts of any individual that I know. Whether it was competing on a team together, or working on school projects, Ben knew how to make the best out of every situation. He had a wonderful gift of being able to light up the room and bring up others' spirits through his laugh. He was a talented, hardworking, genuine, kind individual, with the biggest heart of gold. Ben was a great friend, and overall just an amazing person. I will forever cherish our friendship, and will miss you dearly Ben. Heaven has gained an angel. Rest In Peace my friend.

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Debbie & Hugh Macdonald published a comment .

Dear Tess, Jessica, Paul and Kyle
Our family got to know Ben through rowing. Ben,Jessica and Ceilidh developed a bond during that time, which remained all through high school and is still there through their new adventures. I’m sure whenever Jessica and Ceilidh are on the water in their rowing shells, when they see that first streak of sun, they will know it’s Ben’s bright smile guiding them and letting them know that he is ok.
There have been a lot of tears in our household these past few days, but also lots of wonderful memories of Ben.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hugh,Debbie, Ceilidh,Rhiannon MacDonald

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Cathy, Stephan, Gabriel And Alex Boyer published a tribute .

We met Ben through the Mariposa Wrestling family. He was a wonderful boy who was a great teammate and teacher to the younger members. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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Aidan Desforges published a tribute .

Ben and I played on an amazing and very successful AA hockey team growing up. With his father Paul coaching us we developed together and grew up together. I remember going to his house before or after practice playing mini sticks with him and Kyle. For about 5-6 years me and Ben spent almost everyday together, whether it was in the rink for hockey, on the soccer field or at each other's homes we were very rarely not together. Ben will forever always be remembered for how he was always able to shine the light in a room, how he was always able to put a smile on peoples faces and most importantly how great of a teammate, friend and son he was. One moment I'll forever hold deeply with Ben was the time he took me to reball at the Barrie Sports Dome and we were there for hours just enjoying the games and laughing about how bad I was at reball. To Kyle, Jessica, Paul, Tess and Ben's extended family I want to offer my heartfelt condolences and may all of you find peace during these difficult times.

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Carmen Zingaro published a tribute .

Carmen, Erin, Jackson and Lily Zingaro Send our deepest condolences to the March family in this difficult time. We are thinking of all of you and are here if you need anything. Keep strong

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Kathryn published a tribute .

Paul and Tess, the Strano family sends our deepest condolences to you and yours, in this difficult time. The time that our family spent with you and Ben and the rest of the hockey family, remain some of our fondest memories. We'll always remember the big fun-loving smile that was so characteristic of Ben. With love and support, Mike, Kathryn, Myles, Odys, Sam and Eddy.

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Jen published a comment .

Our sincere condolences to you all during this difficult time. I will always remember Bob mixing up the Ben’s and sending me mat to mat at Provincials and major tournaments. Both Bens always got a kick out of it . My heart goes out to you all .
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Brandon Brazel published a tribute .

Paul, My deepest condolences for you and your family at this most difficult time. My heart aches for your loss. With support, Brandon

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Tony Carvalho published a tribute .

Paul, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. From one father to another,you were clearly a very proud dad who loved sharing stories about Ben and his many accomplishments. My heart aches for your loss.

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Trisa Thompson published a tribute .

Ben, you were the brightest light to many around you. You had a contagious laugh and were the kindest soul. You left this earth way too soon and your absence will have a tremendous impact. We promise to honour all that you stood for. Fly high sweet boy. Tess, Paul, Kyle and Jess our hearts break for you. Keeping you all in our prayers and sending you much strength to navigate this tragic loss. Love, The Thompson Family

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Bowen Murray published a tribute .

A great friend, enjoyed many trips to wrestling tournaments together. He will be missed.

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Colleen Mckinney published a tribute .

I had the privilege of teaching Ben at St. Joan of Arc, CHS. Ben was thoughtful, funny and kind. My deepest condolences to the March family. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Praying that you find comfort with each other and the many memories of Ben.

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The Aigeldingers published a tribute .

Sending condolences from our family to yours. You have been on our minds all weekend. Remembering Ben as a fun, bright accomplished wrestler with Mariposa. Deepest sympathies to you all. xo

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Jordan Whittier published a comment .

I spent my entire elementary and beginning of secondary years with Ben. He was such a great, nice and outgoing guy who will never be forgotten. My sincerest sympathies go out to the entire family.

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Josh W published a tribute .

The day I seen Ben was at the beginning of my wrestling journey, Ben was a young man who instantly brought light and joy to any room he was in. I remember seeing him and I seen a look of a young guy who had a drive for this sport. My first interaction with Ben was at a BTS camp, one of my close friend Dip Lad and my wrestling coach B. Sanchez introduced me to Ben and his father. I found Ben to be a funny, genuine and kindhearted guy. He was always smiling and always trying to make others smile too it was like his job to bring joy to his peers. When I met his dad he was a man who would put anything and everything he got to make his son the happiest he can be. His father and my wrestling coach had a close bond that brought our friendships stronger. His dad is a caring and outgoing mad that not only looks after his kids but also tries to help out other athletes and make sure they have positive minds too. Ben would come to every BTS camp and every time I seen him I could tell that he was so grateful to be in a sport that he cared about and around people that shows him love and respect. Throughout the time of knowing Ben he introduced me to some wrestler that I could also call family too. Their names were Liam Warboys, Logan Arsenault and Sam Cordery. These three individuals I realized played a big role in Ben’s life and I could see how much he loved and cared for them. Just from getting to Know Liam and Logan I know they will carry on Ben’s wrestling Legacy and bring home lots of Hardware and accomplishments for their brother. Ben you were like a younger brother to me I had the upmost respect for you as a person and I wish you didn’t leave us so early. But I know your flying high with the angels looking down on us with a great big smile. Love and miss you loads... I wish I had one chance to hear you laugh and see you smile on those mats ❤️

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The Blake’S published a tribute .

To the entire March family, please accept our love condolences.

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Liam Macdonald published a tribute .

Ben and I rowed together for a brief time, but he never failed to make every moment count! Ben always had a positive attitude and wanted to be the best at what he did, no matter the circumstance. I will forever cherish his competitive spirit and carry that forward in my life. Rest easy Ben, your friends and family love you very much!❤️

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Gary Doiron & Trish Kinaey published a comment .

Our sincerest condolences Tess, Paul, Kyle, and Jessica in the passing of your beloved Ben.

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Christopher Balodis published a tribute .

I first met Ben in September of this year at Centennial College. Ben March was the kind of person that was always willing to help and he helped me and my classmates many times during training, Ben was always enthusiastic and made our group better. I will always remember the competitions our program held at the end of class where Ben and I carried the tallest member of our platoon while the instructors yelled: “no running”. We worked closely together and became a team. I will miss and remember you, my condolences to the March family and everyone who shared a relationship with Ben March.

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John Stenner published a tribute .

Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica. Our hearts go out to all of you. We are thinking of you wishing you strength and peace. John and Sue Stenner

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Cooper Tomkinson published a tribute .

I remember in Major Atom AA at a hotel during a hockey tournament on a Friday or Saturday night just hanging out with the team. Ben had these Carpet skates and was just cruising around the hallway on these carpet skates. He let everyone on the team take a turn on these skates because that was the type of kid Ben was. I will always remember playing hockey with Ben, he always showed up to the rink in a good mood with a smile that would brighten your day when you walked in the dressing room. Coach Paul and the March family my prayers are with you guys in this tough time.

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Fowler Family published a tribute .

Ben’s big heart and personality were contagious. Our heart breaks for you and your family during this time. Joshua's friendship with Ben started on the ice, he was a great teammate. He will be missed.

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Jason published a tribute .

Ben was an outgoing, unique and dedicated teammate and friend. He was someone you could go years without seeing, and reconnect with like a day hadn’t passed. I can still recall how genuine and personable he was the last time I spoke with him, even after years apart. Ben’s smile was big enough to make up for 10 frowns and will be missed by all that had the opportunity to know and be a teammate to him.

Rest In Peace Marchy.

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Leanne Bradshaw-Collett published a tribute .

We are very saddened by this news and have been thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Please accept our deepest condolences.
-The Collett Family

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Richard Hawksby published a tribute .

Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica.
I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending prayers to you all in this time of grieving.
Love,
Richard and Rose

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Pete, Dana, Kooper And Carter March published a tribute .

Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica,
We are all heartbroken over the loss of Benjamin. We will forever cherish all the fun adventures we experienced together as a family. He was always so funny and goofy and a great role model for his cousins. We are so lucky to have been touched by his sweet and kind soul.
Love you all dearly!
Pete, Dana, Koop and Carter

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Jason Coimbra published a tribute .

My condolences to Ben's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. I only new Ben for a short time, at Centennial but he was a great guy, and he will be missed by all.
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time, sending love to the March family.

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Weeks Family published a tribute .

We have watched Kyle, Ben and Jessica grow up with our kids and enjoyed many jumps on the trampoline and road hockey games together.
Benjamin had energy to play for hours and loved playing goalie whenever he had the chance

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Josée Bélanger published a tribute .

Dear Tess, Paul, Kyle & Jessica,
I remember when we first moved to Barrie, the kids became good friends and spent a lot of time together. There was a lot of back and forth from our home to yours, sleepovers and swimming pool time! Lots of conversations where had with Paul waiting at the bus stop for them to come home after school. I found this picture of Jessica, Kayla, Ben and Brooke. I still remember it clear as day. It was taken at our house at 24 Laurie Crescent. They grew apart and went there separate ways after primary school, but there were so many great memories made.
I can't seem to find the words of what to say... my heart goes out to all of you. Ben will always be with you in your hearts and memories. How can we forget that wonderful smile. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and in my prayers.
My sincere condolences go out to all of you, Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica.
Josée XO

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Lisa Bentley published a tribute .

Paul, Tess, Jessica and Kyle - we are praying for all of you - for strength and peace. Love Lisa and Dave Cracknell

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Michel Spadafore-Lemire published a tribute .

Hey dude,

I'm writing to you directly, since I know a soul like yours wouldn't have it any other way.
Thank you bro, for being you, no matter what came your way. Teaching you was a pleasure, to have known and shared great hockey, class, joking, playing sports, laughing about movies (ace Ventura), you name it, .. was an absolute honor. You truly taught me so much more than you knew about being a great teacher, and for that I am forever grateful. No matter the day, the time, you found a way to arrive smiling and leave with everyone smiling with you. I know you've done the same again, when we think of you, we have to smile.

I know that you'll find some others to guide, like I already said, you wouldn't have it any other way. You'll always be in my heart dude, chitty chitty bang bang ;).
Godspeed Ben, love always.

My sincerest condolences to you Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica. May you find some peace knowing he infected the world with his love and wonderful smile.

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Errick Evenhuis published a tribute .

Ben was one of the first kids to welcome me onto a great AA hockey family almost a decade ago. He was my D partner for many games and was a great teammate and friend. Ben was lots of fun at hockey tourneys but serious when it mattered. I will always remember your smile and positive attitude.
Condolences to you Coach Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica from my family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Favra Bickerton & Mark Pecho published a tribute .

We are so terribly sorry for your loss , may the angels watch over your Benjamin and bring you comfort Paul Tess Kyle & Jessica

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Natasha Ezeard published a tribute .

I am so sorry and send my condolences to the March family. Ben was like another little brother to me and was one of the kindest souls. He was the best friend to my brother and sister and I am so grateful that we were able to have him in our lives. He shone bright and will continue to shine in our memories. Thank you Ben for being such an amazing friend to everyone and I will miss you.

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Terry Hoehn published a tribute .

I had the pleasure of coaching Ben during the later stages of his youth hockey and it was a pleasure. He was always so happy and easy going. He'd always show up just before game time but still be ready to go. Could never figure out how that boy got his gear on and off so fast. Paul, Tess and Family, our deepest condolences.

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Holger Kaiserling published a tribute .

I had the privilege of having Been on my team last summer. Even in the midst of the pandemic, he found ways to be entertaining. He went above and beyond for our Customers. Ben had the ability to turn a frown upside down.
We were looking forward to having Ben with us in August.
Ben is sorely miss by the Rona family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the March family during this difficult time.

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Renata Jasek published a tribute .

I was lucky to meet Ben as a student in Math class. He was always a bright personality in the room and participated well. He was a student with whom it was easy to have a conversation! He had an interesting black eraser which I've never seen before which he told me was from dad's workplace. He also had these amazing grid sticky notes that were so handy for learning graphing. I will mostly remember his positive attitude and smile. My condolences to all those whose lives have been touched by Ben and cared for him deeply.

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Jamie Bryenton published a tribute .

Although I only got to spend time learning with Ben for less than a year, he was such a cheerful guy. He loved to crack jokes, make everyone laugh and sharing his knowledge with others. Something I recall About Ben is that he was flawless with his Ropes & Knots, and was FAST at putting his gear on. I wouldn’t doubt that he inspired others (as he did myself) to be better everyday. Rip Ben March, you will be missed, and my condolences to the March family.

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Amelia Krelove published a tribute .

I had the chance to meet Ben during his time at the BRC. I will always remember him for having a way to keep everything fun and exciting. Never afraid to do anything new or take on anything challenging! An incredible athlete and somehow an even more incredible person.

Sending love to the March household ❤️

Rest In Peace Ben.

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Mike And Rebecca Barney published a tribute .

We had the pleasure of meeting Ben through hockey. We remember him with a huge infectious smile! He was kind and a loyal teammate. The memories we have throughout those years will never be forgotten. It is so nice to see all the different messages from people who Ben impacted from a very young age. Truly a special young man.

Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica, we can only hope that these wonderful messages will bring you peace during this very difficult time.

Rest In Peace Ben. You will not be forgotten

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The Oreskovich Family published a tribute .

Montana was in Ben’s class at Frère André until grade 6, then Nouvelle until grade 8. Here is a fun pic of Ben’s Grade 6 class- he is pictured between Mme Myriam and Montana.

Tess-we’ve spent a lot of time in those cold rinks with the girls and sometimes we had to lug our boys there too! He was such an amazing and accomplished young man, and as handsome as ever too.

Our hearts are with yours during this most difficult time. We send our most heartfelt love and prayers to you Tess, Paul, Jessica, and Kyle.

Love Paula, Montana, Daytona, and Tucker.❤️

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Miranda Scodellaro published a tribute .

The first time I met Ben was on the first day of grade 10. I sat beside him on the first day of science, which was the greatest decision made. From that moment, there was never a dull moment with Ben around, he would always brighten my day. From joking around with one another, to just having a simple conversation, he was always there. Ben was the most caring and amazing person I knew. He has taught me a lot of things in life from that day in class, and for that I am thankful. Rest easy Ben, Love you.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the March family. He left such a positive impression on everyone, may he never be forgotten.

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Emily Cooke published a tribute .

I met Ben last summer at work where we became good friends. His positive attitude and smile always made a difference to my day. He was such a sweet and kind person and always knew the right thing to say to make me smile. Ben was always a great friend and he will be very missed, rest easy Ben

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Emily Cooke published a comment .

Condolences to the entire March family during this time

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Alyssa Rose published a tribute .

I met Ben and Jessica in 7th grade and quickly became apart of their family, ben was one of my closest friends in the beginning of highschool, unfortunately we drifted apart but i’ll always remember his loving and caring personality, he was always smiling and he was always so good at taking care of the people around him, i’m going to miss him so much. He was an amazing friend, brother and son and he will always be remembered for that. Rest in peace Benjamin <3 My prayers go out to the March family.

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Chris And Anne Marie published a tribute .

Paul and Tess, we are so sorry to hear of your loss of beautiful Benjamin. May his memory always be a blessing to your family

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The Harings published a tribute .

We first met Ben at the arena when Anna and Jessica were skating. I remember Ray and Ben chasing each other all over the Allandale arena and playing mini sticks together. We would later meet up with Ben at STP hockey camps and spring hockey. Ben had so much positive energy and could always make Ray laugh. Our deepest condolences to the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Jordan Monbourquette published a tribute .

Ben was a cheerful and caring young man. I had the pleasure to play hockey with Ben for a few years growing up and I have nothing but good memories with him. He was always smiling and such a kind person. He made me feel welcome to the team immediately, and it meant a lot. We will miss you Ben, rest in peace. I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to the entire March family during this difficult time.

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Logan Arsenault published a tribute .

For the years that I knew Ben, he made an impact on my life that I will carry with me forever. He was someone who I could always depend on to have a smile on his face, and keep a positive attitude.
I had the fortunate pleasure of travelling with Ben to Poland, for a two week wrestling trip, where we were able to connect and spend so much time together. Trips like that are the ones where you learn to appreciate those who are there with you. Ben made us all laugh, like he always does , and allowed for awesome memories , that I will keep with me forever.
I met Ben when I was young, and growing up with him made me so lucky. We had the opportunity to connect, and go through life together as wrestlers. He was always at every practice , and tournament, there to support his teammates, like a good wrestler does. Ben always gave 110%, and we could always count on him to be a good partner. He impacted so many of our lives. Especially mine.
Ben will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go to his family, and everyone missing him.

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Brandon Mustapha published a tribute .

Ben was on my hockey team for about a year, I didn’t know him too well but he was always a kid that had a smile on his face and was filled with joy. I remember him always trying to wrestle others in the change room and seemed like he always enjoyed being there. You will be missed Ben, Rest easy.

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Craig & Sue Howell published a tribute .

It is clearly evident from all of these posts that Ben had a positive impact on so many people, us included. We were blessed to have known Ben as part of the ‘02 AA hockey family of which Ben was a huge part. Over the last few days we have had the opportunity to reminisce with many of those families and teammates and the common thread of those conversations was that Ben was a happy go lucky kid that always brought a smile to your face.

Paul, Tess, Kyle & Jessica we sincerely hope that you find comfort in the fact that Benjamin touched all that knew him.

Rest In Peace Ben. You Will Be Missed.

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Caius Harbridge published a tribute .

Ben was always the most fun guy to be around. He had such a genuine smile, kind and joking personality and was able to make everyone’s day better when he walked into a room. I can remember we first met at a wrestling tournament when we were young. He was an amazing person, teammate and friend above all. Ben was hardworking, passionate and so supportive of everyone else around him and the things he loved. There was never a dull moment with him at wrestling practices and tournaments (especially in Mexico).

My deepest condolences go out to Bens family and friends. He will never be forgotten, may he rest in peace

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Zarah Yglesias published a tribute .

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Zarah Yglesias published a tribute .

Ben was such a kind and loving person. When Ben and I hung out there was never be a dull moment he always knew how to put a smile on my face as well as others . I remember when we were in Mexico for wrestling and he made fun of me for not speaking the best Spanish and told me that he could probably get us around Mexico better then me from learning Spanish from Dora the explorer. He was always goofy, he would make fun of me for being short. My best memory was when we were in Sudbury for winter games qualifiers and I had a little bit of crackers left and he tried to steal them, we wrestled for the box, he won, took my crackers away and ate them all. I will miss Ben so much, he was a big part of my wrestling life, he was my partner and great friend. I wil miss him coming to the boat, spending time at my house and going to the movies. I will miss you my Russian doll. ❤️❤️❤️

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Mackenzie Lemon published a tribute .

Ben was a beloved friend and the best person I knew. He could light up a room and make anyone laugh. We met in high school and we became friends quickly. He would come over to my house frequently, and visited with my parents. He had such a pure heart and I am going to miss him dearly.

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Jessica Clermont published a tribute .

My condolences to all of Ben's friends and family. I was one of Ben's instructors in the Pre-Service Fire Program. Ben was usually pretty quiet in my classes, but a good student. He will be missed by all of us at Centennial, and we are all lucky to say we knew him. Rest easy Ben.

"Tonight, we kneel for his family and friends. Tomorrow, we will stand for him."

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Darius Kharazmi published a tribute .

I had the privilege of being one of Bens instructors at Centennial Fire. Bens hard work ethic and dedication to his fellow students made him stand out. He had great energy and gave 100% to every task. These are qualities you cannot teach, it was obvious he came from a strong hard working family. My condolences.

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Mason Smith published a tribute .

In the time I knew Ben in the Pre-service program, he was always kind and he helped me break out of my shell. He was a great guy and I know he'd have been a hell of a firefighter. Thanks, buddy, for everything.

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Patricia Thompson published a tribute .

I am blessed to have had the opportunity to not only know Ben but also to teach him at JOA. His smile and humor will never be forgotten. I loved seeing his face light up when he spoke of his recent wrestling matches. Sending love and prayers to all of the March family during this heartbreaking time.

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Eric Hammer published a tribute .

Kyle and I were really close when we were younger. I always remember all those weekends I spent over at the March's household. Every time we hung out, I can vividly remember Ben wanting to tag along. Although it's been a good decade since I've seen the March's (excluding Kyle), our community lost a truly amazing man. My sincere sympathies to all of you.

The Hammer family sends you all the love!

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Liam Warboys published a tribute .

I have known Ben for quite awhile being apart of the Mariposa wrestling team. Many tournaments him and I would share a room and it was always a great time from OFSAA to flying out to nationals. We would always have some good times when being at teams dinners. He was a great training partner that always pushed me to be my best. And a very respectable guy on and off the mat, wish I could've had a chance to say goodbye.

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Deanna W. published a tribute .

Paul, Tess, Jess and Kyle, may you find much peace during this challenging time. My deepest condolences to you and your entire family.

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Phil Langille published a tribute .

I was fortunate enough to be involved with Ben through both hockey and soccer teams he played on. The memories we have of those years spent with Ben and Coach Paul will never be forgotten. Even after our family moved away from Barrie anytime we ran into Ben at a hockey rink he always had a big welcoming smile to greet us with. In reading all of the remarks that people have left it is clear Ben had a tremendous impact on the many people who knew him. Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica I hope you find comfort in knowing how highly everyone thinks of Ben and what a fine young man he was.

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Alexandre Lefebvre published a tribute .

Ben and I were always hanging out together and he’s really the only friend that I would’ve died for and it just pains me that I won’t ever to play with ben any games or hang out at cheltingham park it just hurts and I just lost 70 pounds since last seeing him and I havn’t video chat or sent him any photos and now im just stunned like I can never even show him how I have improved and it just pains me but we need to remember him and his radiant smile that helped me personally get through my school wether it be nouvelle or frere he affected my whole family and all my other friends he affected every single one in a positive way we love you Ben and I will always miss you my bro all the love to Jess, Kyle, mrs March and mr March we are here for you and I’ll always remember

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Caroline Gauthier published a comment .

Dear Tessa, Paul, Kyle and Jessica,
My heartfelt condolences go out to you. Xo

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Sheila, Tyler And Emily. published a comment .

Paul, Tessa, Kyle and Jessica. My deepest condolences to you. Sending you hugs and prayers.

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Jamie Turner published a tribute .

With deepest condolences Ben was a great addition to our hockey team for a period of time bringing a desire to win respect for the opposition and the game and a great teammate those same qualities were the things that made Ben a great person admired by many
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Steve Mifsud published a tribute .

I remember Ben and Jess coming to Kyle‘s games and practices. Running around the arena with my Emily. A great, fun, happy kid with great character. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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Koop March published a tribute .

Ben, the family is gonna miss you so much thank you for being a great cousin and role model to me and carter, gonna miss you man. Fly high ❤️

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Shimmy published a tribute .

I was one of Bens instructors at centennial fire. So much to say and nothing but good stuff, long story in the attempt to make it short. I made students do alot of burpe's for not being able at the time to do ( for example knots ). I had to look extra extra hard to catch him on a sec off. The one or two times I did catch him, man did he ever do it with no questions asked.

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Shimmy published a comment .

He will truly be missed !! He was always on top of his skills !! I will never forget BEN MARCH

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Joe Johnson published a tribute .

I had the privilege of being on the coaching staff of Benjamin’s hockey teams for many years. Those years are brightly colored with so many fond memories of interactions with Benjamin both within the game of hockey and our intertwined lives surrounding the game.

Reading the comments from others here, I couldn’t agree more with the notes re: the happy, supportive, positive disposition of Benjamin; he did almost always have a smile on his face and was so uplifting to his teammates. But like all great athletes, Benjamin could also be serious, relentless, determined and focused; and I loved that balance about him. I have so many memories of that blend of admirable traits he brought to his teammates. He could be uber-competitive when he needed to be; and yet could be the light, fun-loving, bring-a smile-to-your-face Benjamin at other moments when he needed to be – whatever his team needed, be brought it. It was a wonderful mix.

I share this photo as I remember that day and a conversation with Ben. It is one of the “focused” times where, even though his team had just won a big tournament with he himself playing a key role, Benjamin was still in serious-mode. I remember asking him about it (absence of the Benjamin-smile) in the dressing room and he responded that "all was good; just reflecting back on the game and re-playing some of the moments"!
#16 will always be on our team. Benjamin you made an indelible, positive impact on so many; you will continue to do so.

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Cameron Ezeard published a tribute .

Ben was the best of the best. He was more than just a friend for many people and was the life of the party. I have known Ben since grade 7 and he has been my best friend ever since. I could never beat him in a wrestling match, unless of course I cheated, but usually I didnt beat him. He was just full of life and was so happy at school. He was becoming tiktok famous from his firefighting tiktoks. If anyone is ever feeling down, reach out to a friend or an extended family member. He will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace.

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Patrick Galloway published a tribute .

Ben and I played hockey for many years growing up and I got to know both him and the March family very well. This photo would have been after one of our many wins as a minor hockey team. I was blessed with the opportunity to be Ben's teammate and friend. Ben was a person that could put a smile on my face at any time. He was always in a positive mood which lifted anyone who was around him. Ben was a special young man. My thoughts and prayers are with the March family. Ben will be missed dearly. Rest Easy.

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Jordan Enepekides published a tribute .

Ben and I became close friends throughout our time in pre-service. Specifically this semester. We bonded over our love for sports and passion for helping people. He made me laugh harder than I ever had in my time at school. He was a dear friend and I know he would have been a great firefighter. I had never met such a courageous and kind person in my entire life. I wont ever forget him and will carry his memory with me throughout my future years as a firefighter.

I never thought that at such a young age I would have to deal with the loss of a friend. My condolences go to Ben's family and friends. I know we will all miss him deeply.

Thank you for being the person you were brother. I will miss you always.

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Tim Finamore published a tribute .

I had the privilege of being Ben's Coach for several years. I watched this young man grow and develop into an amazing and awesome young man. The many trips up and down the road with you and your Father are some of my favorite memories. Your grit and passion for our sport, our team, and the many lives you have touched along the way have not gone unnoticed.

Your sense of humor and kindness is highlighted in the comments on this page. At Mariposa, you were not only a Teammate, you were Family.

To Ben's Family, I offer my deepest condolences during these times. To his teammates and friends, always remember that smile that lit up the room and keep it in your heart.

Ben will be missed by many. In his short time here on Earth, he touched so many lives and made them better. Soar high above us now dear Angel. Thank you for the privilege.

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Rayne published a tribute .

We wrestled together for some myriad of time. Whether he was challenging people in the tournaments or helping his teammates to look at a move a different way, he was always helping. God Bless, lots of love to the March family, Sam and his many other loved ones. Amen

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Anonymous published a tribute .

My most recent memory of Ben was the brief encounter we had catching up at Drive Test when he graduated to his G license. When I saw him and greeted him it brought me back several years to when I first met Ben.
He was my daughter’s boyfriend in high school. It always made me chuckle to see how nervous I made him! Naturally I was Mama Bear, always keeping him on his toes to be his best to my daughter

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His kind soul, smile from ear to ear, charismatic personality helped distract my daughter through some pretty difficult days in high school. For this I am thankful!
You left much too soon and my Mama bear heart is saddened by your passing. Please watch over all those that crossed your path and help those who are also hiding their dark days, because as a Mom, I know you are not alone!

To your family left behind, I hope you find comfort in all the stories and memories shared and know that your son -Ben had a positive impact on many who had the opportunity to cross paths.

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James Robb-Kennedy published a tribute .

Ben was an all around great man, student, athlete and so much more, he was a great person who cared deeply for the people in his life. Ben was an amazing kid and will be missed greatly. Ben will never be forgotten my condolences to the March family❤️

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Rawn Family published a tribute .

May Ben Rest In Peace in the hands of God. All our love and prayers to your family at this time.

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Tamara Sylvan published a tribute .

Ben was a spectacular young man. He volunteered over 180 hours with the Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive this past season. He was a hard worker always eager to help and was an integral part (along with Ben D) of our success this year. Just last Sunday he was with us and we had an amazing time as always. He was a perfect student in my classes at the college as well. BEN, your beautiful light and infectious smile will continue to shine for ever and always. This crushing pain and disbelief that we all feel will eventually dissipate and allow us to hold your memories close to us with joy and love. The fire service would have been a better place with you in it, so I will carry your memory with me every time I step onto my fire truck. Sending all of my strength and love to Ben's family and friends.

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Ivan Dapiosen published a tribute .

Ben was always so inspirational. He was so kind, funny, and very outgoing. From the moment he stepped into the fire program, I knew he would be someone you would look up to. You will be truly missed. We will
never forget you Ben. My deepest condolences to his family.

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Anna published a tribute .

Ben and I were the type of friends that annoyed each other all the time and any time . I remember meeting him for the first time in the cafeteria when we were all getting ready to leave for my first wrestling practice . He told us what to expect and acted like a mentor towards me that also loved to tease me when I’d mess up. Ben was this kind of guy that always knew what to do and what to expect and I admired that about him. Anytime he won a match he never bragged either. He was a good person and I am so sorry to the March family. My deepest condolences ❤️

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Kelsey published a tribute .

i never met you but i’m so sorry that you lost your battle, you’re amazing and we all love you down here

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Kerena published a tribute .

Ben and I were great friends the little time we knew each other. It was so fun being around him, he made the class much more interesting. Wish we didn't lose contact.

RIP Ben, I still can't get over the fact that you're gone. You will be greatly missed.

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Lucie And Tony Falcioni published a tribute .

There are no words to express the deep sadness and loss of Ben's passing that it brings to our family and to the general community.

Ben had a profound impact to all the lives he touched. He had great compassion, love, care for others and used his wonderful humor to bring a smile on everyone's face. He worked so hard at everything, even when he felt his performance was mediocre in sports or school, he pushed even harder. He truly made the best of every moment and always attempted to be the best version of himself.

Having met Zachary at elementary school, Ben was the very first to provide his friendship. Extending his arm with Alex Lefebvre to a young boy who was so uncertain. Ben was a mentor, an inspiration to our son Zachary which he returned the same treatment as kindred spirits. A friendship that grew over the years and never fell apart. A friendship so strong that they understood each other, cared for each other but most importantly believed in each other. A best friend that will always live in his heart, his memory. A loss that could never be forgotten. A memory that he will carry throughout his life. A best friend forever.

To the Falcioni family, Ben was like one of our own. We enjoyed every moment spent together, his visits, our family outings, hockey tournaments, golfing, dinners out, the countless jokes, the empty fridge as both Zach and Ben had an endless hole in their stomach, the wrestling in our home, the loud voices, the chuckling, simply everything...We hope our home gave Ben just as much joy as he brought to ours.

Tess, Paul, Jess, Kyle, may you find much peace during these challenging times. Please rest assured, we are here for you. The community is rallying to demonstrate the beautiful life Ben lived and its impact too many but also sending you much strength, love, support, courage and prayers. May you carry all his wonderful memories with you during these times of much sorrow.

With our most sincere love for Ben and his family,

Lucie and Tony Falcioni

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Cole Laporte published a tribute .

Although I had not seen Ben in quite some time I was troubled to hear of his passing. Ben was a great individual not only to be friends with, but to be around. We had met playing football and although we didn’t play together for long, the few moments were just enough to put a smile on your face. Ben was a great character and hope that he is at peace. RIP bro ❤️ All love. My condolences to his family.

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Tommy published a tribute .

I only recently had the honour of having Ben as a friend. For the short time we were together, Ben was a beacon of light for everyone. We'll all miss you dearly, brother.

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Mme Marthe published a tribute .

I had Ben and his sister in school when I started working as a lunch monitor at the French in Barrie. RIP Ben.My thoughts and prayers are with the March family.

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Cédérique Leclair published a tribute .

Hey March family my name is Cédérique Leclair sorry for your lost Ben was a good friend of mine i will miss him my Thoughts and prayers are with your family

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Isabella published a tribute .

I didn’t know Ben very well, but when I would hang with Jess and my sister I met him a couple times and he had such a kind heart. My thoughts and prayers go to the March family ❤️

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Maddie published a tribute .

Ben always made me smile and laugh he never failed to show the biggest amounts of love and I will forever hold him in my heart
Although I haven’t know Ben for a long the amount of time he made the biggest impact in my life with all the love and positivity he shared with me my condolences to his family

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Daniel published a tribute .

I didn’t know Ben very well but he was always kind to me whenever we spoke. My condolences to his family.

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Emma Colwell published a tribute .

Ben was always the person to make everyone laugh. I remember hanging out with him at lunch on many different occasions and it being the best time. Thank you for the happy memories Ben, you have impacted the lives of so many. We love you.

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Tyler published a tribute .

In my time playing football I was lucky enough to gain the opportunity to meet and get to know Ben. At heart and through his actions Ben was an amazing kid. He always had something positive to say and saw the good in every situation. He always made sure our heads were up and showed so much love and support to everyone around him. He truly will be missed, and my prayers go out to all his loved ones and family. Rest In Peace.

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Ella published a tribute .

Ben was such a spunky energetic guy who drew people towards him with his outgoing personality. There truly was never a dull moment when he was around. Ben has touched so many lives and will forever live on in the minds and memories of others. We all love you Ben.

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Steve published a tribute .

Ben was an excellent student and a selfless person. He made all of his instructors and classmates proud. Without a doubt, he would have become an incredible firefighter. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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Bailey Yeoman published a tribute .

Ben and I were on the wrestling team together, Ben and I were almost always sparing partners. After Ben beat me every time he would take the extra time to help me work with my technique. We would always joke around and have a good laugh and just talk about anything.

Rest easy Ben. You will be missed, thoughts and prayers are with the March family in this troubling time.

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Jeremie K published a tribute .

Ben was always fun to be around at wrestling from gracious in victory and defeat. Always full of laughs and was always helpful too I’ll always be grateful for what he did in wrestling from giving me tips and helping out. May God dress him with his finest garments and may he Rest In Peace I pray for the March family ❤️

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Amanda Wuerth published a tribute .

I remember talking to Ben on the bus and taking theatre class with him :')) he was always a light and made everyone smile !

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Lauren Troy published a tribute .

Ben was the kindest soul and had one of the biggest hearts of anybody I’ve ever met. He never failed to make me laugh and always had a bright smile. Rest easy Ben, thank you for impacting my life in the best way possible you’ll never be forgotten

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Ryan Fitzgerald published a tribute .

Ben invited me to play soccer with him this one time. I wish he could have known how great that small act of kindness really meant to me. He was so kind and funny as well as a great athlete. I’m glad to have met him.

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Tianna Ha published a tribute .

i had a class with ben about a year and a half ago. we didn’t talk much but whenever we did, he would always make me smile, laugh and helped me whenever i needed it. he was such a kind hearted person who would always believe in people. he had an amazing personality that would light up everyone’s day. you’re gunna be missed by so many people. i’m sending my love and prayers to the march family. rest easy ben❤️

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Jarred Junio published a tribute .

My deepest condolences to the March family. Ben was a kind and charismatic person. I wish I got to know him more. There’s always a smile on his face wherever he goes, and I’m sure he’s in a better place now.

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Rachel West published a tribute .

Ben was an amazing person and and amazing friend, he’ll be missed by so many people and he’ll never be forgotten

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Philippe Seward published a tribute .

I’ve known Ben and his sister Jessica for as long as I can remember, we’ve gone to the same 3 schools together and I shared math class with him last year. Ben was a funny guy to say the least, every time I would see him in the halls at school he would always wear a big bright smile on his face that you couldn’t wipe off. Ben’s tragic death personally hit hard striking a cord due to my brother sharing the same fate back in 2019. I was simply in shock at the news of his passing and it took me a few moments to process what I just heard. To the March family, I continue to keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time, take it one day at a time, sending lots of love. Fly high and Godspeed Ben, you will be so greatly missed, may you Rest In Peace brother

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Kyle published a tribute .

I wrestled with Ben last year. He was an amazing wrestler, and a great guy.

Sending love ❤️

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Paul March published a tribute .

Our family cannot begin to thank all of you for reaching out to us during this difficult time; your thoughts, prayers and offers of support are heartfelt. Please take time to leave a message, memory, picture or prayer for our beloved Ben. Thank you again for the outpouring of love. Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jess

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Angelo Farrauto published a comment .

Paul - Thinking about you and your family, during this difficult time. I always enjoyed hearing about Ben wrestling, you shuttling to and from practices (your second job) and how proud you are of all your kids. My sincerest condolences.

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Nathaniel Rice published a tribute .

My deepest sympathy to the March family, Ben was a good guy with a big heart always filled with excitement, I will always remember our time together playing school hockey. Rest easy, fly high❤️

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Katherine published a tribute .

Ben was always marching to the beat of his own drum and unapologetically himself. He had the brightest smile and it truly will be missed.

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Lucas Silva published a tribute .

Ben was such an amazing guy. I’m gonna miss calling him the “better Ben” as one of his other good friends was also called Ben. But I’m so glad we got to share laughs, stories and guy talks with each other. I’m deeply sorry for his family and you will always be remembered Ben, we will never forgot you.❤️

Your firefighting friend,
Lucas Silva

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Jessica Bruno published a tribute .

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Shawn Ireland published a tribute .

I have only known Ben since the start of the 20-21 school year. I instructed Ben during his practical training days of Pre-Service Firefighting. Ben always had a smile on his face and was eager to learn. He picked up the skills easily and excelled at them. He was the fastest to dress in his bunker gear right from the start, and his classmates tried to knock him out of the top spot. Ben was the kind of student you loved to instruct. I would of had him on my crew in a heartbeat.
RIP Ben.
To the March family, you raised a great young man. He will be truly missed.

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Owen Kellachan published a tribute .

I met Ben in my second year of rep hockey. I always remembered him for his big smile and his positive energy in the change room. He never failed to make the boys laugh. I wish I stayed closer with him years after hockey because he was that caring and kind person that everyone always wants by their side. His wonderful memories will always be with us.

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Mike published a tribute .

Ben without a doubt your presence in the firefighting program was one of dedication and commitment. You exemplified the characteristics of a firefighter, kindness, selfless, empathy and leadership.
You have made an indelible mark on your classmates, instructors and the program.
We will all be kinder thanks to your example.

To Paul, Tess, Jessica and Kyle,
There are no words to ease your pain. All of us at the college are here if you need us.
The firefighting family that was able to be a part of Ben's life recognizes the fire service has also lost a valued future member.

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Jessica Bruno published a tribute .

I knew Ben through the stories I was told by friends I had on the wrestling team back in 2019. Everyone was a big family on the team and they always had each other’s backs. Every adventure I was told, Ben was always the, goofy, comedic relief that always put a smile on everyone’s faces. Every story I was told, Ben was there. He helped out one of my best friends with her wrestling techniques, I remember her telling me that it meant so much to her that one of JOA best wrestlers was teaching her. Ben had such an impact on mine and other people’s lives that all they needed was a good story to feel the warmth that he shared. I’m truly heart broken and I give all my love to the March Family. Memories are forever and Ben will always be in our minds and hearts. Heaven really lucked out on this angle, rest easy Ben. Never forgotten

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Amninder Saroya published a tribute .

I sadly didn’t get to know you that well but you were always smiling and super positive whenever we spoke or wrestled. Thank you so much for the memories and you will be missed greatly brother.❤️

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Brooklyn published a tribute .

I wasn’t very close to ben, he was a friend of a friend but each time he would come talk with my friends and i or we would go see him he never failed to make me laugh. he was very kind, and had a gentle soul that just made you comfortable. rest in paradise ben

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Amninder Saroya published a comment .

I sadly didn’t get to know you that well but you were always smiling and super positive whenever we spoke or wrestled. Thank you so much for the memories and you will be missed greatly brother.❤️

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Cade Preston published a tribute .

Ben was a great friend and teammate of mine. I was lucky enough to play a couple of seasons of hockey with him and many summers of golf. He was the best teammate around as he would always help others, never put anyone down and always had a smile on his face. I will forever miss our carpool adventures to away games and hotel mini stick games. Off the ice he was a great friend and always knew how to make people laugh, he was fun to be around and always had a positive attitude to everything he did. Paul, Tessa, Jessica and Kyle I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained another angel, Rest In Peace Marchy. From myself, my parents and my brother and sister you will be missed.

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Logan Ho published a tribute .

Ben was super cool, I remember being in class with him competing to see who knew the most about fire fighting. We would often talk and learn from each other sharing information about our dream career. I remember one time I watched him tie a knot (double figure 8 on a bight) and asked him to show me how to tie it, haven’t forgot the knot since the day he showed me. We will all miss him. I will forever keep him in my memory’s and thoughts.

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Shanell published a tribute .

Ben is honestly and truly the best. He's cheerful, fun and awesome to talk to. I remember one day at training we were on break and I was sitting in the cold on a bench eating by myself and he approached me and sit with me and started talking to me telling me about the different sports he played. SIP.. You will forever be in our memories.

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Rashid Rawdat published a tribute .

I met Ben as a student in the fire program as one of his instructors. He was a hard working young man whose energy was contagious. He will be greatly missed by all of us at the college.

Rest In Peace Ben. Sending love to the March family.

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Kat published a tribute .

Though I may not have known Ben long, he was by far the kindest person I’ve ever spoken to. He was such a positive and energetic guy. He has left an impact on everyone in the firefighting program and will be missed. Rest easy Ben.❤️

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Ben,

We used to be very very close for some time, but we drifted. I still saw you in the halls with your friends and was always happy to see your smile and see you happy.

You helped me through some of my toughest times and I wish we were still close where I could have been there for you.

I truly will miss you and the world lost an amazing person, but I hope you are at peace and no longer in pain.



To the March family,

I am so deeply sorry for your loss, words could not express how hard this must be. It is an awful time, but hopefully one day you can look back at all the happy memories you had with Ben and smile.

Jess,
Stay strong. I don’t know what I would do if I lost my twin brother. The pain would be unfathomable, but you have so many people here to support you through this. If you need any help, reach out PLEASE. There are so so many people here for you that care and love you. We used to be friends, so I feel bad reaching out now rather than sooner, but I just want you to know that even though we don’t talk as much, I’m here and I still care.

I hope you all find peace.

May you Rest In Peace Ben

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Vannetta Tustian published a tribute .

Ben you were smart, and kind, a pleasure to be around there are no words to express the potential you demonstrated. When I saw your light burning, I thought of how lucky the world was to have you in it - You are gone to soon.

I wish that I had known you were hurting. That the world was a dark consuming place for you. Too often those that shine bright, shine as such to mask the darkness they feel. I’m sorry I failed to see the darkness that was consuming you.

Your smile, your eagerness, will be forever etched in my mind. I will continue to be vigilant about talking about counseling resources and communicating to students that I’m a resource for help.

Ben, I’m so sad your young life is over, that you will not experience the many more amazing life events the world had planned for you.

To Ben’s parents, as mother to two sons my heart aches for you. We send our children into the world with trepidation and hope they will be ok, that we’ve given them what they need to survive, that they will cultivate what skills we haven’t been able to teach them. Having taught Ben, he was an excellent example of character, a beautiful soul, he was your baby, your dream, your love. May I extend my deepest sympathy, there is nothing more tragic than a life lost too soon, and he was your beautiful baby boy.

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Isabella Carvalho published a tribute .

I sat near Ben in math class about a year and a half ago. when i think of a word to best describe him, the only one that comes to mind is “light”. Ben brought light into the lives of everyone around him and left a long-lasting impact on everyone he met. he was such a positive person who knew how to make anyone laugh. he deserved so much better and he will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives he touched. rest in peace, Ben.

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John published a tribute .

I only knew Ben for a short period of time teaching him in his firefighting program. However, you could tell he had a passion and really cared for his colleagues and his studies. My condole go out to the family and friends of Ben during this time.

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Alex published a tribute .

Ben was someone who lit up a room. Whoever he spoke to, he would make them smile. He was so positive and full of energy. He was an amazing person to be friends with and to have known. He has a positive impact on everyone around him

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Alexandros published a tribute .

Ben was a great friend, teammate, and person. His energetic and kind personality will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace brother.

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Brooke Hollywood published a tribute .

I remember when I first moved to Barrie in 2nd grade, I spent a good amount of my childhood walking over to Jessica and Benjamin’s house to hang out and play. I’ll never forget those memories. Benjamin was such a sweet soul. His smile would brighten up a room. It breaks my heart to know he’s no longer around.

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M published a tribute .

I didn’t know ben for long but I would have considered him a good friend in the firefighter program. He was the first one I came out to in the program. Ben was a great guy to work and joke around with. He had such an amazing heart and soul and will be missed greatly by everyone. Fly high ben, class won’t be the same without you❤️

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Emily Adam published a tribute .

Ben and Jessica were on my bus all throughout elementary school. Ben always made everyone laugh and he was so kind to everyone. ❤️ Rest In Peace

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Inessa Zask published a tribute .

You will always be remembered with that beautiful smile, great manners. And kind heart.
Rest in peace under the wings of God your maker. You are home. And left us too early.
Paul and Tess our prayers are with you and your family.

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Lucas Janicki published a tribute .

Ben was one of my best friends, from messing around during lunch to him teaching me how to shoot a wrist shot, the good memories I have with him seem endless. He never failed to make me laugh and always made my days better. I will miss him. I hope that he is at peace and that he knows just how much everyone, myself included, loved him. Rest easy Ben

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Abbey Popela published a tribute .

I had a couple classes with Ben in high school, such a sweet, kind hearted, pure person. Just one of those people that were nice to have in your life. Always a smile! Ben will be heavily missed! Rest In Peace to a beautiful soul

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Ibrahim Saidoun published a tribute .

Rest In Peace Ben, hopefully you are in a better place right now ❤️. You always knew how to make us laugh, and were always a great, genuine guy, I’ll miss you buddy.❤️❤️

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Jakob Mccomb published a tribute .

Ben was an amazing human being. A man who gave it his all at everything he did. He always was the life to any party, the jokester of the group and an amazing friend. I’m truly heart broken to have lost him, he was like a brother to me and I would’ve done anything for him, no questions asked. He was one of the first friends I made at nouvelle and introduced me to the rest of the guys and even though I wasn’t from Frère, he treated me as if I was. I will always remember him for his smile and the impact he had in my life. I hope those above greet you with open arms and that you may watch over us all. I loved you Ben as much as a friend could, rest easy.

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Annon published a tribute .

i knew ben through friends, and he was always so warm hearted and approachable. he had a heart of gold.

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Alex Howard published a tribute .

Ben and his family had a huge role in my life and the person I am today. It is an odd feeling I have in my stomach just thinking that he’s gone. All our memories were shared together through hockey where we had a dominant team for years. A few of those years we were defense partners. I haven’t seen Ben since civics and careers trip in grade 10 where he was in my class. I remember him wrestling with my friends and creating lots of laughter within our class. Rest In Peace Ben, from my mom, dad, sisters and I, you will be missed.

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Madison Préfontaine published a tribute .

I am so grateful to have crossed paths with you Ben. I am so thankful to have spent so much time with him and for getting to know him on such a deep level. I will always cherish the memories we made together and all of the laughs and stories we shared. I regret not keeping in touch after I moved. I remember my first ever wrestling practice Ben making sure I felt comfortable and cracking so many jokes to make my experience the best possible. From then on we had so much fun going on adventures. My condolences are with the March family. Fly high Ben

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Mitchell Mcmahon published a tribute .

I was lucky enough to witness Ben grow from a little grade 7 boy to his late high school years as a young man. He always had a smile on his face and wore his school on his chest with pride. We didn’t speak a lot but when we did it was always good energy from him. I was devastated when i heard about losing him, extending my utter most condolences to the March family.

From a fellow colts player & tornade, I keep you all in my prayers.

Rest easy Ben❤️

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Quinn Walker published a tribute .

Ben and I were childhood best friends and had many great laughs and memories. It is hard to choose just one memory as he brought much joy into my life. If one thing is for sure, we loved playing mini-sticks as kids with our older brothers, Ben being the star netminder. For the most part, we would lose, and sometimes Ben would get so upset he would leave to go and play the piano upstairs. Passionate and fun-loving as always, he was always quick to return to the game. I miss the sound of you trying to play a song on that darn out-of-tune piano. Ben, I cherish the times we spent together. I hope you are looking down on us and seeing how much you were appreciated and loved. Sad to see you go so soon. We will miss you.

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Anonymous published a tribute .

Dear Ben,

I am so sorry for turning my back on you after being friends. I have always felt bad for that, I should’ve helped you when I could’ve but I didn’t and just watched.
I do admire how we dropped our feelings and discussed everything in the end of grade 9 but that never made me satisfied with how our friend ship ended.
I’ve always wanted to say one thing; I am so thankful for you being my first friend from nouvelle and in the city.

P:S: I wasn’t the best to you especially during badminton(haha) but seriously I I’ve always felt bad for how I treated you and didn’t act as if we knew each other.

I love you. Fly so High <3

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Danika Monkhouse published a tribute .

Ben was one of the first people I met in high school that I genuinely felt connected with. He was willing to help with anyone's problems, and constantly put a smile on my face. I feel so blessed to have gotten close with him. Even after periods of time where we didn't talk, we picked up where we left off and it's like not a day went by. He showed me what a true friend is. I hope to see him again someday. Rest easy, I love you man.

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Taylor published a tribute .

Ben was truly the kindest, smartest, most genuine person I have met. Although we weren’t too close I was given the privilege to get to know him in one of my classes. My condolences to the March family, keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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Luc Lefebvre published a tribute .

My sincere condolences to the March family, too early was the loss of this young soul. The joy that He brought to our family but especially to my son Alexandre who loves him like a brother. We will remember you Ben we love you❤️ Tu as toujours eu une belle personnalité et tu avais le don d’illuminé toute la pièce où tu entrais. Tu nous as jamais oublier même quand nous avons déménager à Montréal et même ma famille éloigner a eu la joie de rencontrer un jeune homme merveilleux. Que ton âme repose en paix, nous allons garder ces merveilleux souvenir de toi dans nos cœur. Rest In Peace Benjamin

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Shelley Johnson published a tribute .

Our condolences to you all during this time. Ben has brought so much laughter and love to so many. Will will forever cherish all those times spent at the rink when little Benjamin would chase Jessica & Jerzie around looking for what to get into next ..he was full of energy and always up for an adventure.. Rest easy Ben

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Shelley published a comment .

Paul, Tess, Kyle and Jessica our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time sending you all hugs xo

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Jasper Crosby published a tribute .

Rest easy Ben, he will be greatly missed. ❤️ I remember playing soccer with Ben back in the day and he was always a great guy to be around, always making me laugh and an awesome guy to have on the team. The last time we saw each other was on a trip to New York a couple years ago and it was great catching up, it brings me great sadness that we won’t be able to meet again. My sincere condolences to your family.

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Katie Saban published a tribute .

I will always remember the amazing memories with Ben from Frère-André. Such a happy person who never failed to make everyone laugh. My thoughts and prayers go out to the March family. Rest easy Ben

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Ethan Mcleod published a tribute .

I always enjoyed talking and laughing with Ben whether it was during class or at lunch. I am going to miss him. Rest easy Ben ❤️

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Natalie Elliott published a tribute .

Mes sincères sympathies à la famille March. I was fortunate to teach all of the March kids and got to see Ben even after leaving NA when he spent time at the Falcioni’s. So polite and friendly always greeting me with the biggest smile asking me how I was and what what was new at his former school. My heart is sad for all who loved him. Repose en paix cher Ben.

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Nathan Traganitis published a tribute .

I never had the opportunity to meet you Ben and I wish I did, I always saw you in the halls making people laugh and smile, I could always feel such a positive energy whenever I saw you. Rest easy Ben❤️

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Aylah Mayali published a tribute .

Rest Easy Ben, You will be missed ❤️ Took this pic during our wrestling trip to mexico & i think it shows how smiley he always was. prayers out to everyone

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Joey Johnson published a tribute .

I had the privilege of playing hockey with Ben for many years, and I could not have asked for a better teammate. He was a hard worker on the ice, but even more importantly he was just a great person to be around. He always had a smile on his face, and I could always count on him to be there for me, and to talk to. Here is a photo of us and another teammate, Alex, out for dinner, having a great time, as was often the case when I was around him.

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Sonny Dupuy published a tribute .

Rest Easy Ben ,
Tellement heureux de t’avoir rencontrer à Barrie chez Alex et ici à Montréal .
Il y a deux , On a eu un bon Party pour le nouvel an
Tu es une personne Funny , attachante et de très bonne compagnie .
Ta joie de vivre était contagieuse .
Je vais garder un très bon souvenir de toi Buddy ...
Repose en paix

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Eric Scott published a tribute .

Ben always walked in the change room with the smile, he always brought the the team alive. Always wanted to make his friends smiles and laugh. Ben and I always joked around about other hockey teams and how bad they were. He would always play high school music or frozen in the change room and would sing along word word. Ben and I would always give each other fist bumps when we scored a goal. He was the funnest, the kindest and would do anything for his friends, I wil always think you you Ben as #16 you were the best love you ❤️ Eric scot oro minor hockey midget1. My prays and condolences for the family.

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Komal Hanif published a tribute .

Rest easy Ben

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Jesse Kool published a tribute .

rest easy benny, played a year or two of hockey with him when we were younger. Nothing but amazing memories of him being a kind hearted funny guy and a great guy to share the ice with, no matter if it was before the game , after the game, or at the hotel right after a 2-3 game day he’d always have a smile on his face and something positive to say. To the wonderful march family you are in my thoughts and prayers. safe trip ben, heaven gained a good one❤️

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Hayden Lloyd published a tribute .

I knew Ben through soccer. He was a great goalie and a great friend. Although we wern’t ever that close years after the Barrie days I still have fond memories winning games with you in net. Rest In Peace Ben you are gone but never forgotten. Prayers to everyone affected especially Ben’s family❤️

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Benjamin Datti published a tribute .

Thank you Ben for all the memories. You were my best friend and I’m so glad I met you and How similar we were. I promise I will never forget you and continue to live out our dreams of being firefighters

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Alicia Di Monte published a tribute .

Fly high Ben. You truly were an incredible person to have known. You were so kind and loving towards everyone and always knew how to put a smile on people’s faces. You will forever be missed. ❤️

My thought and prayers go out to the March family. Sending love.

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