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Benjamin A. J. Fullem

PALM BAY, Fla. -- Benjamin Andrew Joseph Fullem, 8, of Palm Bay, went home to live in eternal peace with his Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, embraced in his mother’s loving arms at their home.

Benjamin was diagnosed with cancer last February and lost his battle after a long, hard fight. “Ben Rocks” has become a familiar saying in the community. Ben was well loved by his family and friends. It was Ben’s courage, strength and faith that inspired the community. He received a hero’s welcome home at his school and parish of St. Joseph’s in Palm Bay when he was discharged from the hospital after a failed bone marrow transplant on March 9, 2007. People from around the world kept up to date with Ben’s daily adventures and progress on his Web site: caringbridge.org/visit/benjaminfullem.

Ben is survived by his mother, the former Nancy Fabiano of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., his sister, Hannah, and his father, Bob; his maternal extended family: grandfather Charles Fabiano of Melbourne, Uncle Phil and Aunt Lisa (Jenna) of South Portland, Maine, Uncle Charlie and Aunt Jill (Aimee, Matt, Desiree, Eric and Caleb) of Gilbert, Ariz., Uncle Joe of Kosovo, Uncle Tony and Aunt Terry (Christopher) of St. Petersberg, Aunt Mary Ellen and Uncle Brian Hausler (Nick and Heather) of Albany, N.Y., and Aunt Donna and Uncle John Stephenson (Evan, Troy, and Kyle) of Gibsonia, Pa.; his paternal extended family: grandparents Robert and Jeanne Fullem of Melbourne, Uncle Randy Fullem (Luke and Joel) of Melbourne, Aunt Cindy and Uncle Ron Casey (Kim) of Cocoa Beach, and Aunt Stephanie Fullem of Palm Bay.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Helen Kehoe Fabiano, whom he referred to as “my guardian angel,” and his Uncle Clayton Langston.

He also leaves behind his loving classmates and teachers at St. Joseph’s Parish School, especially Barbara Wanagill, and his many other friends. Ben adored his pets Dude, Sassy and Sam.

A vigil will be held on Monday, April 16, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 5310 S. Babcock St., Palm Bay, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a reception to follow. A funeral Mass will be held at the church on Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at 4 p.m.

Ben’s favorite color was blue and the family requests that people wear blue in honor of Ben. Graveside service to follow at Florida Memorial Gardens on U.S. 1 in Rockledge. Memorial gifts may be made to the Candlelighters of Brevard.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses on the Hem/Onc unit at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Also a special thank you to his wonderful doctors Wendy Lockhart, Vincent Giusti, Don Eslin, Susan Staba and Amir Shahlaee. Ben’s friend Matthew Patrick from Arnold Palmer passed away on March 30, 2007, and was waiting for Ben at the gates for a Wii rematch.

Well done my faithful servant.

Arrangements by Davis Seawinds Funeral Home, Melbourne. Condolences may be added at www.seawindsfh.com/obit.php

Information supplied by the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 14, 2007
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