LYNDEBOROUGH - Benjamin Foisie, of Lyndeborough, and formerly of Higganum, Conn., died doing what he loved most, working with his dad. He passed away just five days shy of his 20th birthday on Nov. 9, 2012.
Ben will be remembered by all for his optimistic outlook, his work ethic, and his ability to take on all of the challenges life gave to him. He was always happy and positive and this made all who knew him happy too! Ben was a gentle soul. He was unselfish and giving. When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, Ben wanted to drive down and cut up trees for people in need.
Ben had many friends from Connecticut to New Hampshire. He loved spending time with them working on his truck, listening to music, shooting, talking, texting, or just hanging out. Ben's friends describe him as the nicest, sweetest, hardest working friend they ever had. He would do anything for them. He was known to give his last dollar to someone who needed it or lend a friend a hand even if he had something else to do.
If you needed help, he would be there. He would rake leaves, dig holes, or fix a roof without complaint. He wouldn't stop working on something until it was completely finished. It didn't matter how long it took him. He was stubborn in a good way!
Ben loved his big, noisy, monster truck as much as his country music! He would tell anyone who listened, about the new pipes he was installing and he even had pictures to prove it. He was so proud of all of the machines that he worked with and spoke about them with great joy.
He wore his hats like badges of honor, each one showing the grease and dirt of the day's hard work. He did not want them cleaned, as if to say to everyone, "I work hard. I get dirty and I am proud of it!"
Ben did so many things in his short life. He was a lightning fast ski racer on Stratton Mountain in Vermont. He took part in his school plays and community theater as a member of their stage crews. Ben played football with tenacity. Ben was artistic. He was great with his hands. He could fix any machine put in front of him. He was a carpenter and he built many things out of wood that are now family treasures.
Ben spent his time working side by side with his father, Michael Foisie, who will miss his presence dearly, as will his mother, Jeanmarie Foisie, older brother Sam and younger sister Lily. He will also be missed by his grandparents, Janet Foisie of Noank, Conn., Bob Foisie of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Rosemarie Martin of Gladstone, N.J. Ben had many loving aunts and uncles, and cousins who will feel a void at family gatherings. They will always hold him dear to their hearts.
Ben was perhaps too good for this world. It will be a bit darker without him. He now rests with those who have passed on before him, and he brightens their world now.
services: The funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., Middletown, Conn., 06457. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown. Burial will be in Lyndeborough at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the ALS/TDI Association, (www.als.net
), 300 Technology Square, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139, in honor his godfather, Christopher Martin.