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Charmaine Parsons

Benjamin Lee Parsons

August 05, 1984 - December 21, 2020

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Benjamin Lee Parsons. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort.

Right now the words are so very hard to find to express this loss. Ben was pure sunshine. To know him was to love and be loved by him. His light lives on within and around all of us fortunate enough to know him.  Ben died on Solstice in his sleep losing his battle with alcoholism.     For those wishing to contribute to funeral and memorial expenses: Checks can be sent to: The Parsons - 2239 N Farmers Block Rd. Allouez, MI...  see more
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  • Charmaine Parsons
    Honoring your passing with a Solstice Fire by the pond. Loving you so much.
  • Kevin Summers
    Woke up in Manistee thinking about you. I love you Ben.
  • Kristen W
    Benny was one of the first people I met in the dorms, freshman year. He was a constant throughout my college years and even after graduation I was lucky enough to see him, every so often. Hoxeyville, farm block, Nate and Casey’s wedding... all...  more
  • Ashley TenHarmsel
    Ben was a rare fellow who, when he ran into you and asked how you were, he truly cared and wanted to know how you were doing. He always greeted you with a big smile and made you feel like there was no one else he would rather be spending time with. His...  more
  • Charmaine Parsons
    Charmaine Parsons added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Benjamin Lee Parsons:
    Ben is free.
  • Caitlin S
    My sincere condolences go out to the Parsons family. Just as everyone has mentioned, Ben was such a bright light and truly one of a kind. I met Ben in the dorms freshmen year at Western, “Ben UP” we always called him. Every time you saw him you were...  more
  • Lauren  Satlowski
  • Lauren  Satlowski
  • Erik Kinzinger
  • Erik Kinzinger
  • Erik Kinzinger
    I was so sad to hear of my dear friend Ben Parsons passing before Christmas. The Parsons family is special and Ben shined bright because of that. I first met Ben at the Brethren school while I was recycling the school with a group of my special needs...  more
  • John H. Parsons
  • John H. Parsons
  • John H. Parsons
  • Kristin  Spangler
    I worked with Ben at SEEDS. His light was consistently one of the brightest in the room, and I was always drawn to his energy, smile, warmth, intelligence, and humor. I’m grateful for the time and space I got to share with him. My heart breaks for this...  more
  • Lauren  Satlowski
  • Lauren  Satlowski
  • Emily Bean
    Parsons family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Ben. He was such a gem and we are all lucky to have been able to share some moments of his life.
    Having moved to the UP a few years ago I ran into him from time to time, and even after so many...  more
  • Steve Polzien
    Ben was a person that you would never forget and counted yourself lucky to know. His pure soul, humor, caring nature and that laugh made an impression on all those that loved him.

    John, Charmaine, John H. and Graham - I love you all and my heart goes...  more
  • Nate Grisolono
    Can’t express how much I’m gonna miss Benny. One of the best people you could ask for to have in your life. I’ll remember our last camping trip fondly.
  • Emma Young
    My heart goes out to all of you. Sending healing light and love. 🙏🏻❤️ I worked with Ben at Farm Block checking campers in as they arrived one afternoon. I still remember how warm, funny and kind he was. He made every person arriving smile and...  more
  • Riley Boyle
    I met Ben my freshman year in the dorms at Western, I had no idea at the time that he would become one of the most important people I would ever meet in my life. I was 18 when we became friends, and I had a external shell to the world built up and was...  more
    • Riley Boyle
      Charmaine Parsons Ohhh, Riley. Remember when we had a joint graduation party at your parents? Evident that you two were so connected. Thank you for your kind words. It helps . . . . sort of.
      • January 7, 2021
  • Dan Glinn
    What a great pic of Ben on the website, doing one of the things he loved best. It is the thing I shared most with him. Many fishing trips since he was very young, especially on the banks of the Huron. In the picture, it looks like he is about to turn to...  more
    • Dan Glinn
      Charmaine Parsons So very grateful that you were in Ben's life. You taught him so much. He always had great stories to share about you.
      • January 12, 2021
  • Julie Laporte
    I will continue to laugh and cry over our memories forever.And I will hold you in the deepest gratitude. Thank you, my dear friend... For all of it. Give that Old Maybell Girl some love from me.....
  • Julie Laporte
    I am so grateful and treasure all the memories.... The daily bits,the hysterical adventures, the music we made and songs we sang, the heartbreaks and shoulder sobbing.... All of it! I love Ben Parsons. I loe you, Ben. Your spirit is of the Otterand your...  more
  • Julie Laporte
    I woke up this morning thinking about Ben and EK and Maybell Dog playing b-ball in the driveway on McClellan Rd.... They were at it all the time, those 3. They all loved that shit! So much passion and fun times and growing together.... We were a pack.
  • Lauren  Ross
    The Parsons family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ben and I were friends in college, and I look back on those days with such fondness. Ben was a wonderful friend and joy to be around. The world has lost a great person. He will truly be missed.
  • Sarah Hesse
    Missing your smile, your laughter, forever my friend!!!
  • Lauren  Satlowski
    The loss of Ben feels impossible to comprehend. John, Charm, John H. Graham, I’m thinking about you every day and sending healing thoughts.
    Thinking about Ben carries so many loving memories, laughing hysterically, music and dancing, beautiful scenes...  more
  • david wernet
    John and Charmaine, my heart goes out to you all. I was truly saddened to hear of Ben's passing. Although I didn't know Ben for a long period, every experience I had that he was involved in was better due to his presence. Some of those Crag Lake trips...  more
  • Jeremy Kinnunen
    Ben was a once in a lifetime special person you will ever meet. This guy could put a smile on anyone's face. It was a true honor knowing him. Weither its was hanging out, playing ball or just talking to him, it would bring a smile to my face.
    The...  more
  • Sandee Bozynski
    Oohh! My heart goes out to you, Charmaine and John, John Jr, and Graham. Such a difficult loss. I didn't know Ben well, but I do remember him smiling big, and and always welcoming me to chat a bit. Do be open to Ben finding ways to let you know he is...  more
  • Luna Laidlowe
    I am so sorry for you to know this horror. My heart has been with you since we heard this saddest news. Ben’s joy was contagious. He brought so much fun and laughter into Joshua’s life (and to mine whenever girls were allowed 😊). There simply are...  more
  • Julie Cass Sumrack
    Benny was the best. I will miss him every single day. He loved to dance, laugh, and he gave the best hugs ever. He always greeted me with his little laugh, big bear hug and JUJU!! We shared so many wonderful times together - my sweet cousin, will love...  more
  • Nikki Granlund
    John, Charmaine, John H, and Graham, this news is heartbreaking.

    I have thought about Benny Boy quite a lot over the past few years. I saw Mr. and Mrs. P at the Farmer’s market in Calumet and asked about Ben. I was so sad to hear that he was...  more
  • Charmaine Parsons
    Charmaine Parsons added 3 photo(s) to the memorial Benjamin Lee Parsons:
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    Charmaine Parsons added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Benjamin Lee Parsons:
    • Charmaine Parsons
      Julie Laporte I woke up this morning thinking about Ben and EK and Maybell Dog playing b-ball in the driveway on McClellan Rd.... They were at it all the time, those 3.... They all loved that shit! So much passion and fun times and
      support and growing together.... We...  more
      • January 7, 2021