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Age 35, of Brookline and Wilkinsburg went to his ancestors on December 21, 2016. Beloved son of Randi Lowe and Chester Lowe of Grand Rapids, Michigan; beloved stepson of Frank Sanders of Wilkinsburg; beloved brother of Aaron (Elizabeth) Lowe and Lucas Sanders; predeceased by his partner, Suzanne Hazeem. Ben was known as an intelligent, insightful moderator of news discussion on several media platforms, including Facebook, over the last few years. He had been an online fixture for much longer. He encouraged dialogue and idea sharing among large groups of people who sometimes had very different views. Ben was public in regard to his personal demons and struggles. He believed strongly in the value of knowledge, truth and the ability of people to form ways to face challenges together and overcome what rips them apart. A memorial to celebrate his life is being planned. Local Arrangements by the JOHN D. O'CONNOR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5106 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh 15207, 412-521-8116.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2017.
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February 23, 2021
I knew Ben in high school. I was recently looking up old friends and found this obituary and also learned more about Ben's struggles.

When I lose a person, seeing photos I haven't seen before or in a long time always brings some joy. So here is his photo from the Oakland School's 1996 yearbook when he was just a freshman. It's a pretty good photo.

My condolences to Ben's family.
March 5, 2019
This kid had so much potential.
Max Pitts
January 20, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm in recovery myself for the last 4 years and it saddens me to see good people lose the fight of addiction. Your family is in my prayers!
William Mckeown
July 16, 2017
Love you and your family man Rest In Peace - Barret
March 13, 2017
James Henson
January 19, 2017
Lori Sferro
January 19, 2017
I have kept you in my prayers and I have asked God to give you great strength to overcome this loss and I am sure that God will be with you always because you have an angel in heaven that will be watching for you and your family. your friend from Olney Md
Alma Gonzalez
January 16, 2017
Dear Randi,

I was very sad to hear of Ben's death. My memories of him are of a sweet boy with great sensitivity and intelligence.

Thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.

Judy Menk
January 15, 2017
I remember as I walked across the stage at a church and tripping over all the cords they had on the floor to become your God mother, only me. I will always remember teaching you how to scream. I share that short story will people all the time. I feel honored to have been your god mother and I just know I will meet with you again some day in heaven.. A beautiful obituary you wrote Randi, for a beautiful son
Lori Vera
January 15, 2017
Bless you, Randi' and peace and comfort to you both.
Gail Moore
January 15, 2017
Ben and Sue Hazeem visiting me February 2009.
I remember the first time I met Ben...
It was February 2009... Sue Hazeem brought him over to my house so I could meet him.
We sat around the kitchen table and had hot chocolate.
He left a big impression on me, he was different, marched to his own drummer and I could tell he was extremely intelligent and sensitive.

And now I remember the last time I saw Ben...
It was March 2016, less than a year ago..
He was crying on his mom's shoulder at Sue Hazeem's funeral.
I was very touched by the bond he had with his mom and with Sue Hazeem.

I'm glad I got to see this very special guy one last time.
He was a gentle and kind soul... and I will always remember him, and the kindness he showed to my old friend Sue Hazeem.

I think he had a lot to offer to this world with his kind heart, his uniqueness, his intelligence...he was one of a kind and will be missed.

Sue Hughes
Sue Hughes
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