Ben Alexander Cowell
February 14, 1972 – March 10, 2016
Ben was released from his 18 year battle with Huntington Disease on March 10, 2016.
His family wishes to thank Dr. Gray, as well as the staff and residents of the Uphill Manor for their care and support during the time that Ben was in Fernie. A special thank you to Lois Wilhelm for her beautiful friendship.
Ben lived to hug his children and family, to hunt, fish and pull practical jokes on any unsuspecting soul. To the end, his sense of humour prevailed. Ben passed away peacefully at Copper Ridge Place in Whitehorse, Yukon, in the arms of his mom and his brother.
Born in Fernie, BC, Ben moved to the Yukon with his parents when he was one year old. He graduated from F.H. Collins in Whitehorse in 1990 and went on about forging a life in the Yukon, BC and Alberta. Ben loved his grandparents dearly and spent many summers in Grasmere with them. In later years he worked in the logging industry with his grandpa, drove truck in BC and Alberta, tried his hand at farming, mechanics and tourism but most of all he loved to spend time outdoors doing macho man things!
Ben is survived by his partner Tammy Davis and their children, Wyatt Cowell and Caitlyn Cowell; his mom Annette Sinclair (Patrick Riley) of Whitehorse, Yukon; brother Carl (Marjie) Cowell with niece, Willow, of Whitehorse, Yukon; grandma Betty Sinclair of Grasmere, BC and many aunts, uncles, cousins and life-long friends scattered throughout the Yukon, BC, Alberta, Ontario and the US.
Ben was predeceased by his dad, Harold Cowell and his grandpa, Roy Sinclair.
Ben’s celebration of life will be held in Whitehorse in the spring.
Donations may be made to Centre for Huntington Disease,
Room S179, 2211 Westbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5