Benjamin Lee Mitchell
Celebration of Life

Sunday, July 21st from 12 noon - 4 pm Columbus Community Centre Cobourg

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Benjamin Lee Mitchell

October 26, 1950 - June 27, 2019

Aka. Ben, Uncle Ben In his 69th year, at Kingston General Hospital, Ben succumbed to a sudden illness. He passed comfortably and peacefully. Beloved son of the deceased Harold and Lauretta Mitchell (nee Hanoksi). Eldest brother of; Dan, Randy and Mary Jane Mitchell. Dear uncle to; Rylee Anne, Ian (Rachel), Sarah and James Mitchell. A good friend to many. Ben spent his youth in Cobourg, where he called home. He moved to study at the University of Guelph. In his second year of study he experienced the onfall of Schizophrenia. He spent much time in other Ontario cities. He cherished the company of others, and preferred to have access to a variety of libraries and laudable music. Comrades knew him by his genuine greeting or polite and intelligent conversation. He would be found enjoying a coffee or a cigarette while sitting on a park bench and enjoying the day. The community truly welcomed Ben back home. The family sends their sincerest gratitude to Doctor W. Webster and the Act Team for providing knowledgeable care and support for Ben in Cobourg. Thank you to all who showed him kindness and hospitality during his final years.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the Knights of Columbus Community Centre, on Sunday July 21st, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Lunch to be provided. Condolences received at “I hope he’s conducting symphonies in heaven with a never-ending cigarette.”- Rylee Anne  

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Pat H. - July 19, 2019

Many souls pass through our lives, even though we never met that we look in the eyes, & we feel The connection. R.I.P. "Ben" you were just one of those souls. I will think of you each time, I pass by your benches, & favorite spots. The man above has a special "SPOT" for you.

Chuck Newton - July 14, 2019

Rest in Peace Ben. I was very fortunate to have met you enjoyed having a coffee and cigarette with you. Mostly I remember photographing you and how you held the photo to your face so happy to have received the photos! God Bless Ben a truly remarkable man!!!!

Mary (Roddy) Jaynes - July 12, 2019

I think you’re right Rylee! My condolences to Ben’s family and friends. He and are are the same age and our parents were good friends! It’s been so long since I have seen and spoke to Ben- maybe even 20 years. May he now rest in the peace of Christ! Regretfully I am unable to attend the gathering next Saturday.

Liz (Gaiger) McCaughey - July 12, 2019

This is sad news. Our sympathies to all of the family. Ben will be missed!Sincerely, Liz McCaughey

dave perry - July 11, 2019

you made me smile and laugh and cry

Rosemay Doncaster - July 11, 2019

I didn,t know Ben personally, as he didn,t know me, but I many times made a point of stopping and chatting with Ben when I would see him. he was one of the politess fellow I have ever meet, never asked for any handouts, but but was so appreciative to all that was given to him. I did look for him usually at the subway across from the police station, he did enjoy having a little chat, and talked very intelligently. Ben will be missed in our little town, but know he will now be at peace and have no pain. RIP dear Ben

Carol Mann Weir & Eliza Dinner - July 11, 2019

Mary Jane and Family,So sorry for the loss of your brother. He sat outside our store many a day and it was always a pleasure to chat with him and share an occasional bagel or two. We have missed him over the past few months. Please accept our condolences in your time of sadness.Carol and Eliza

Wendy Symons - July 10, 2019

Ben’s family.My condolences. I enjoyed our conversations sitting on the bench outside of the sub shop. He never volunteered conversation, but would answer back. He always softly thanked me for the sub and the coffee, a gentle soul. I will miss just sitting with him, but I know he is in a safe, better place. Wendy Symons

Sheila - July 10, 2019

Dear Randy and family,So very sorry to hear of Bens passing