Benjamin F. PARDELL

In the wee hours of November 20, 2012, Ben Pardell made a graceful exit at the age of 88, surrounded by his surviving children, and Petie, his wife of 60 years. As these things go, it was a true blessing... Just days ago he was going about his usual business, frail but in command of his faculties, and insisting that he had to get back into the gym. Ben lived a charmed life, and charmed everyone who ever knew him. One of those rare businessmen who always understood that his real business was creating community and helping others; every job he held and every place he worked became a more compassionate and humane experience for his co-workers through his influence and example. His impact was even greater, more profound, on family and those he called friends. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, we ask everyone whose life Ben touched to take a moment to remember him as we do, with love and gratitude for having known him. A mass will be held to honor Ben at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday the 28th of November, 2012 at The Cathedral of St. Eugene, 2323 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA, 95405. A memorial celebration of Ben's life will follow the service; please contact the family for additional details.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012