WILDE, Benedict Christopher
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September 11, 1984 - August 21, 2012
Ben Wilde, beloved son, brother, boyfriend, and uncle, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the age of 27 years. Ben was born on September 11, 1984 in London, UK. Along with his family, he immigrated to Canada in 1993. He was the youngest son and the second youngest of seven children to Graham and Stephanie Wilde. He was known as the "Silliest Uncle" to his four nieces and two nephews. He will be lovingly remembered by his girlfriend Sara Harasymchuk. Ben is also survived by his mother Stephanie Wilde; brothers and sisters Matt (Aysegul) Wilde, Sam (Rich) Rice, Alex (Tony) Hadfield, Jim Wilde, Pete Wilde, Sophie (Michael) Johnson; nephews Rufus Rice and Lewis Hadfield, and nieces Ece Wilde, Jenny Hadfield, Roxana Rice, and Eliz Wilde. He was predeceased by his father Graham Wilde. Ben's passion and career revolved around vehicles of all types, especially VW's and motorcycles. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes but was still able to enjoy all things in life despite this, even sweets. Ben lived life in the fast lane and
made it his own, regardless of what others thought or said. He loved snowboarding, roller blading (in some cases, extreme rollerblading!), and anything else adrenaline fueled, including paragliding and zip lining.
A Celebration of Ben Wilde's Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Crowfoot
Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on
Friday, August 31, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with a "fun" dress code, as Ben would have wanted. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation would be greatly appreciated. ADF provides funding to the U of A Diabetes Institute to support research for the prevention and cure of diabetes. http:/ /www.afdr.ab.ca/ In living memory of Ben Wilde, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Aug. 25, 2012