Ben Obdeyn
Pelham Funeral Home LTD
1292 Pelham Street
Fonthill, ON
God called Ben home.

It is with broken hearts that the Obdeyn family announces the peaceful passing of their beloved husband, father, and Opa. Rhea lost the love of her life. Ben passed away at the Welland Hospital on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the age of 85 after a short but courageous battle with brain cancer.
Beloved husband and soul mate of over 60 years to Rhea. Much loved father of Rodney Obdeyn (Kelly), Marilyn Giesbrecht-Obdeyn (the late David), Jeff Obdeyn (Kim), Cindy Obdeyn, and predeceased by his beloved son Bernie (1991). Cherished Opa of Laura, Kaitlyn, Alana, Shannon, Jack, Alexander, Nicholas, Ceara and Alyssa. Lovingly remembered by two his brothers, four sisters and predeceased by one sister,one brother, and extended family - all in Holland.

Ben and Rhea arrived in Canada on April 21, 1961. In 1969, he began MaBo Westside Construction, building quality homes, cottages and commercial buildings throughout Niagara and winning many awards along the way and also serving as a director of the Niagara Home Builders' Association.
Ben was generous with his time. But his real passion was found as an avid volunteer, supporter, and a true champion of Wells of Hope. He personally travelled to Guatemala 32 times, since 2004, and directly improved the lives of countless children and their families through the construction of schools, community support buildings, infrastructure, and drinking water wells. He used his passion, drive, and organizational skills to coordinate and promote fundraising events and collect and deliver essential supplies, donations, and food to those in need. Ben organized 13 very successful golf tournaments to benefit the Wells Of Hope. When Covid hampered public fundraising events, he set up a workshop in his garage to make over 110 handcrafted wooden crosses, successfully finding another way to raise money for Wells of Hope and he also spent many hours volunteering at the Niagara Christian Gleaners.

Ben and Rhea were members of the Club de Netherlands and enjoyed Klompen dancing together for 18 years while a member of the club. Ben would end every day with a God bless you and a sign of the cross, on the forehead for Rhea. Kisses were very liberal with comings and goings. He loved watching hockey and it's fair to say that the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost one of their biggest fans.
Ben always had the drive and passion to get things done and bring out the best in others to join in and make a difference. He was truly content with his accomplishments and felt blessed for the fulfilling life he made for himself and his family. His legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren. His work ethic, positive perspective, and selfless acts of kindness will be missed and remembered always.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Walker Family Cancer Centre and to Welland Hospital Emergency and #3 South Medical for the care and compassion Ben received while there.

Cremation has taken place and the Funeral Mass will be held at the Parish Community of St. Kevin's, 303 Niagara Street, Welland on Tuesday, January 11th at 10:30 am. Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Those wishing to attend must wear masks and practice social distancing protocols. There is a maximum occupancy at the church of 100 people. The Mass may also be viewed via live-stream the day of the service at the church's YouTube page at
and on the funeral home's Facebook page.

As an expression of sympathy donation may be made to Wells of Hope, 174 Cole Crescent, Niagara on the Lake, ON, L0S-1J0, phone 289-313-7109 or online (

Online condolences may be made at

Published by St. Catharines Standard on Jan. 7, 2022.
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Parish Community of St. Kevin's
303 Niagara Street, Welland, ON
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Our heart felt condolences and deepest sympathies to the Obydeyn family on the loss of their beloved Ben. Ben was kind and generous man. He will be sadly missed by family, Friends and the community. We always enjoyed chatting with him. He is a role model for all of us.
Rob, Ed and Stella Lucchetta
January 12, 2022
We are so saddened for Ben´s passing, he was a great man, always trying to help the less fortunate. During our time at the Camp in Guatemala we got to spend a lot of time together. We will miss him, Descansa en Paz querido Ben.
Aleyda K.
January 11, 2022
Our sincere condolences to the entire Obdeyn family on the passing of Ben. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
The Vandenbosch´s
January 11, 2022
We are sorry for your loss...He was always a very kind and joyful person. You knew he had the love of Jesus in his heart. He was a truly wonderful example of faith. We will miss his peaceful smile at St. Alexander Church. May he rest in peace.
Betty and Casey van Zeyl
January 11, 2022
Dear Rhea and family, We we´re so saddened to hear of Ben´s passing. We will remember him always with a smile on his face and a cheerful hello. His passing is a huge loss to the community and neighbourhood, he was a great man. He took the stress out of building a new home and we were glad he made it a happy and memorable one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peeter and Deborah Kupper
Peeter and Deborah Kupper
January 10, 2022
My heartfelt Condolences to Rhea and the family. I have known and appreciated Ben since the beginning of Wells of Hope. He was a man of actions; he didn't wait for others, he went ahead and accomplished. Ben was fun to be with. May he Rest in Peace! Gunnar and Gertrude Doerwald
Gunnar Doerwald
January 8, 2022
Rhea we our so sad to learn of Ben's passing. He was such a kind wonderful man. He made the experience of building a home fun and exciting . And when it was done we felt that we had gained a friend for life. Our heart felt sympathies to you and your entire family .
Norm and Mary Anne ( Ferland )
January 8, 2022
My sincere condolences to Rhie and family. My heart goes out to you all. I have very fond memories with alot of laughter of Ben he will be great missed but never forgotten
Erica Bertrand (Zwiers)
January 8, 2022
Blair and I send our deepest sympathy to Rhea and family on the passing of Ben. He was a joyful inspiration. He put skills of a lifetime to work in retirement for his Wells of Hope projects.
January 8, 2022
Dear Rhea -- and all in the Obdeyn family: What an enormous sadness came over me when I learned of Ben's going forth from our midst! Here was a man who truly lived out Matthew 25 ("whatsoever you do...") and who made his baptism real by acts and expressions of genuine Christian compassion. I was first privileged to have made your acquaintance, Rhea, when I was at St. Alexander and, although I lost some connection when I returned to Niagara Falls (and now Niagara-on-the-Lake), still I have vivid impressions of you both that will last my lifetime. I thank God today for such servants of his as Ben was: may he be rewarded richly in eternity for putting his faith into practice! I assure you, Rhea, and all your family, of my heartfelt prayers for the repose of his soul and for the wellbeing of all members of the Obdeyn family suffering now such a great loss. (Fr.) Peter T. Rowe
(Fr.) Peter T. Rowe
January 8, 2022
We want to send our condolences to Ben's family on his passing. Ben and I (Bernard) were school friends for four years. We reconnected again in Canada where both of us immigrated to and raised our families. We will miss Him!!
Bernard and Grada Koerhuis
January 8, 2022
So sorry to hear of the passing of Ben. Our condolences to the whole Obdeyn family.
Amy Rumsby (vanwylick)
January 8, 2022
So sorry for the loss of your Husband, Father and Opa. May the love of friends and family help you in your time of grief.
Monique Cooper and Family
January 7, 2022
So sorry to hear of Ben´s passing. My condolences to the Obdeyn family. So many pleasant memories of Ben Coming into Fonthill Lumber. Ben will never be forgotten.
Rick Maguire
January 7, 2022
Dear Rhea and family! What a shock to see Ben's smiling face, when I read the paper this morning! Have so many great memories of the time we danced,at Club the Neterlands and with you two, with the Klompendansers! My heart goes out to you Rhea, as I know what it's like to lose a husband(twice)! I know your children and your Faith will help you through this! Jennifer told me about the nice visit she had with you last summer! You will be in my prayers! Love, Klary!
klary harssema
January 7, 2022
We are very saddened to hear of Ben´s passing. He truly was a wonderful man that we were privileged to know. Our most heartfelt condolences to the Odeyn family. With sympathy, Neil and Jennifer Noordhoek
Corneles and Jennifer Noordhoek
January 7, 2022
Our sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to each and everyone of you, we have known all of you for a very long time being neighbours on Chantler Rd. May Ben rest in peace for all his kind deeds for so many years.
MaryAnn and Lynn
January 7, 2022
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