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Ben Watkins was a young chef who starred on “MasterChef Junior” in 2018, when he was 11 years old.

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Published in Mercury News on Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 26, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marilyn Robinson
November 26, 2020
REST IN PEACE GOD BLESS THE FAMILY
CHERYL JEFFERSON
November 24, 2020
You are loved and will be missed by so many people family friends and strangers that know you by Ben. R.I.P. heavenly angel
Lawanda Sharpe
November 24, 2020
You will truly be missed by your family and friends my you now rest in peace in heaven with your mother
Roxanne Moss
November 24, 2020
I did not know this young man, but my condolences to the family. Cancer is a devastating disease.
Allan Bradley
Friend
November 23, 2020
We Love You MasterChefJunior Ben Watkins
But God Loved You Best❤❤❤
Karen Jones
November 23, 2020
Heaven has a new angel
Barbara Scott
Friend
November 23, 2020
My prayers to Bens Family and Friends . Ben will always be a shining star! May God Bless You.
marie martin
November 23, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. It was a joy watching him on Masterchef Jr. May God comfort you all. God bless you❤
Tara Smith
Friend
November 23, 2020
This young man had a incredible spirit and was just as sweet and funny as can be! We loved watching him and seeing how amazingly talented he was at his young age. He had things happen to him in his life at such a young age that no one should ever have to see or deal with. However, he came through it strong and wanting to always help others! You never would have known he was fighting such a fight by the way he always had a smile on his face. May the strength from one mom that has lost children as well go out to his family and know that we keep you all in our prayers RIP YOUNG BEN.. strength and love to your family
we will miss you.. Thank you for showing all of us that how much we all can persevere and love even in the face of tragedy and sadness and how we all need to come together in such a terrible time of the world and hope we can all live by your example
RIP
November 23, 2020
My deepest sympathy for the loss of this special young man. He had such a love for cooking and I am deeply saddened about his death. May the God of all comfort be with you all now and the days to come and may he soothe your hearts.
November 23, 2020
My condolences to the family..Rest easy son. ;(
Nancy
November 23, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to Grandma and Uncle and the entire Watkins family, as you endure this very difficult loss of Ben, praying that God be with you all.
November 23, 2020
Lighting a candle for a young man that lived life to its fullest regardless of life's tough circumstances
Lisa Patterson
November 23, 2020
It pains my heart to read of Ben's death. I do watch his show. I pray for the time when death will not take the people we love away from us again. May God give you the strength to bear this loss.
November 22, 2020
What a wonderful young man. Prayers to his family and friends. So happy he got to compete for Master Chef Junior. My husband and I were blessed to watch him create and cook on the show. Rest In Peace Ben.
November 22, 2020
What an amazing child, please be proud of what this wonderful young man was able to accomplish. My heart goes out the Watkins family, may God give you the peace and strength you need as you go through such a difficult time of loss.
November 22, 2020
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I pray for a time, when death of young and old, will be a thing of the past. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.
November 22, 2020
I LOVED WATCHING YOU ON MASTER CHEF MAY YOU REST IN PEACE FLY HIGH WITH THE ANGELS MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY KEEP COOKING IN HEAVEN
SHERRY DEANGELIS s
November 22, 2020
My heart is full and I can't seem to figure out that "Master Junior Chef Ben" isn't here with us anymore. He left a lasting impression on me that I will never forget. I enjoyed watching him on Master Chef Junior. As I type this, I'm literally in tears that a little soul has left us to be with Our Father in Heaven. Thank you to his grandmother and his uncle for sharing him with his fans. Ben, you have earned your wings. You are GOD'S little Angel Chef. R I P
Mr Jray Docher
November 22, 2020
He was so amazing and strong, you must have been so proud. I am really going to miss him. He was my all time favorite chef, he was so talented. I send my deepest sympathies to his family. I am praying that the God of all comfort provides them with strength and peace of mind.
R. K.
November 21, 2020
Dear Watkins Family (Grandmother & Uncle)

What a great and beautiful job you instilled in your beloved Master Ben. He is in heaven cooking for the Lord. Oh, what a joyous occasion that must be.

I send you much love and many prayers.
Carol Dell
Friend
November 21, 2020
HAPPY , EARLY HUMP DAY BUT , MORE IMPORANTLY HAPPY , EARLY THANKSGIVING TO YOU !!!!!!!!!! SIR BENJAMIN FROM , EVERYBODY AT BYRON'S BAR AND GRILLE RESTAURANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! # 18 PETER 22:03:22 .......... & MARK 1:08-1:11 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JO JO HAYLEY MORRISON
November 21, 2020
Ali Akbar
November 21, 2020
I am really sorry for your loss and I have been incredibly sad for the last few days. From everything I have read about Ben, he was a very decent, caring young gentleman.

The very best of people face trials and tribulations which Ben faced in his short time but God has other plans for him. Be happy that he is now pain free and I will pray for him as much as I can. Stay strong.
Ali Akbar
November 21, 2020
Our hearts go out to the Watkins family. We can’t imagine the pain you’re feeling after the loss of a child. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
TD
November 21, 2020
Many prayers for the Watkins family, so very sorry for the loss of Ben, such a talented child, he will be missed by so many.
November 20, 2020
Rest in the arms of your Savior and let Him hold you now for your healing and your rest.
Eleanor D. Manuel-Robinson
November 20, 2020
My deepest condolences. This truly breaks my heart! May the Lord keep
your family. Rest easy little one. ~
L B
November 20, 2020
May God open the doors of heaven for Ben in Jesus name.Amen
Mark Mcfan
November 20, 2020
I send my heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Ben’s dear family. MasterChef Ben will be dearly missed by all who loved him and are inspired by him and his perseverance, courage, and strength. Yes, Ben is truly an inspiration and role model for all people, not just chefs and aspiring chefs. Ben is appreciated not only for his signature dishes and positive attitude but also for his courage and love of life. We thank you, Ben, for sharing your love of life and positive attitude with people all over the world.

Please continue to cherish your good memories and may they provide some comfort for you. May prayers strengthen you and cherished memories comfort you. The God of comfort will give you the courage, strength, and peace to cope. May he comfort your broken hearts. — 23rd Psalm.
November 20, 2020
Linda Tracy
November 20, 2020
The Shepperson Family, Atlanta, Georgia
November 20, 2020
Condolence to the family Ben Watkins to his grandmother and uncle who survive this young man. May God comfort you.
November 20, 2020
My hearts goes out to his grandparents. Truly a heartbreaking lost. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this extremely difficult time.
November 20, 2020
I remember Ben...he was the sweetest sincerest young chef on the program. I am so saddened and wish his family my deepest condolences. You did a wonderful job raising Ben.
November 20, 2020
So sorry to Ben's family. Gone too soon before he was able to fulfull his dreams.
Yvonne
November 20, 2020
My heart is broken, such a wonderful child, it was a pleasure to watch him. I am praying that God be with all of you as you go through such a very difficult time.
R B
November 20, 2020
Rest heavenly in his arms. Talented young chef who greatly showed strength and courage to do what he loved. RIP CHEF BEN
Barbara Johnson
November 20, 2020
A fan of the show that he was on and know that he be cooking something great up in heaven. Keep those cooking memories of him in your heart. He has not just inspired you but inspired people all over the world. His smile is infectious. All my love from Natalie in bairnsdale Victoria Australia
Natalie
Significant Other
November 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
November 19, 2020
In loving memory of MasterChef Ben, such a wonderful person...I recall when my mom & I saw you at PetCo; you were so SWEET! Gone too soon but never forgotten. Our condolences to his family. We will love you and miss you always. Well done young man...RIP Ben
Debra Anderson
November 19, 2020
Sending prayers and condolences to his family.
Mae Bragg
November 19, 2020
Our heartfelt condolence to the family and friends of Ben Watkins. May you all find comfort in God’s promise of “reviving the heart of those being crushed in spirit “. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all the way during this difficult time.
Ginna & Rossy
November 19, 2020
Make Them something tasty. You are loved
T G
November 19, 2020
Carol Sivadge
November 19, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the Watkins family. May the Got of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
TD
November 19, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the Watkins family, at this time of what must feel like unbearable pain, may God strengthen you and help heal the pain of this loss.
November 19, 2020
To the family of Chef Ben<br />I'm so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences
I'm so sorry for your loss
Anderson Faamily
November 19, 2020
My heart goes out to the Watkins family and friends, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved child. As you shed your tears over your loss, may your cherished memories bring smiles to your face and warm your heart. May God be with all of in this time of your sorrow.
November 19, 2020
So sorry for your loss
November 19, 2020
Ben I enjoyed watching you cooking I am sad that you weren't able to follow your dreams to cook as an adult but baby you have your wings and I bet you are cooking on high
Cathy Lewis
Acquaintance
November 19, 2020
I watched him on junior chef show, sweet boy. I am so sorry for your loss.
Brenda Laspee
November 19, 2020
Deeply saddened for the loss of such a gifted, talented and young further top chef. Condolences to Bens family and all those that enjoyed him performing his great recipes.
JE Sowell
November 19, 2020
I first met you on Master Chief Junior and you captured my heart. Rest in Peace.
Pearl Bell
Friend
November 19, 2020
November 19, 2020

Dear Family of The Young Chef, Ben Watkins:

I am a 43 year Member of Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 East 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616. I am also their PR Person. Reverend Dr. David B. Thornton is the Pastor, and Reverend Donald B. Register is The Pastor Emeritus.

I am also a Former Member of Church Musician Ship Guild, Inc. (1988-2008). The late Dr. Mildred G. Lewis was The Founder, and Executive Director. I was their Assistant Administrative Secretary, Executive Secretary, and Public Relations Director.

I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to all of you on your loss. Ben will be missed by all those people who knew, and loved him. He did leave a great legacy. All I can say is "Rest In Peace, Ben."

WITH MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY, FROM, MS. VALINDA D. JONES, OF CINCINNATI, OHIO. I USE TO LIVE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Ms. Valinda D. Jones
November 19, 2020
When you get to The Other Side, look for my mama. I'll bet she's got some recipes she'd love to share with you. Rest in Peace, Little Man.
Walter Mackins
November 19, 2020
My sincere condolences to all. We watched him on the Master Chief Junior and talked about how cute he was. He seemed so full of life and loved to cook we could tell. May all the thoughts and prayers going up
help to give you some comfort and through the grieving process. God Bless!
Kathy Hammacher
November 19, 2020
I know you are home in Heaven. No more suffering.
You are a very special angel.
Anonymous
November 19, 2020
Sweet boy, sending hugs to his family and friends at this difficult time.
Dawn ONeal
November 19, 2020
Rest Now Little Chef!! May The Lord Comfort Your Family!!
gidget watson
Friend
November 19, 2020
My sincere sympathies to the Watkins family and friends, as you endure such an unimaginable loss, praying that God be with all of you at this very difficult time.
November 19, 2020
So very sorry for your profound loss of this beautiful little boy. I know he is sitting at the right hand of our heavenly father. RIP Ben.
Laurie Kruse
November 19, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Anonymous
November 19, 2020
I am so sorry about the loss of Ben. Such a young and strong guy! The Watkins family has my deepest condolences. I pray that you will be surrounded continuously with love and support. And, as you go through this difficult time, may Almighty God give you everlasting comfort (2 Thess. 2:16).
Jenee
November 19, 2020
My husband and I were lucky to see this talented young man cook on Master Chef Junior. His personality captured many of Master Chef's viewers. I know that he is in peace now surrounded by angels and God in heaven. Ben, my prayers are with you and your family.
Linda Tuttle
November 19, 2020
My most sincere condolences to the family of this amazing young man. I pray God will keep Ben in his loving care and bestow on him all the wonders Heaven has to offer. I also pray God will help the family through the loss.
Cathy Headley
November 19, 2020
Love you Ben
Condolence from Germany
Bianca Decker
November 19, 2020
Bianca Decker
November 19, 2020
God bless you! I will pray that God will comfort you during the loss of your precious son, Ben.
Billie Heap
November 19, 2020
I watched Every Episode of Junior Master Chef , I Remember Ben, He was a Great Chef and Fun to Watch, So Sorry for Your Loss Prayers
Wendy R Campbell
Acquaintance
November 18, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you be comforted by the loved ones and support of God.
Simone Taylor
November 18, 2020
Rest Well Young Man...Thoughts and Prayers to the Family.
Westwood Area Memphis, TN
November 18, 2020
To Ben's Family and friends, what an amazing young man who faced challenges no young person should have to endure...but Ben endured. I'm sure our Lord has a very special place for you in heaven. Ben you have been a wonderful example to all!
Connie Vagg
November 18, 2020
My sincere condolence to the family.
Martha Wonson
November 18, 2020
Condolences to the entire Watkins and Edwards family for their unimaginable loss of this bright soul. Ben will be sorely missed.
Joseph Ramone
Acquaintance
November 18, 2020
Go cook for the angels sweetheart. You will be missed.
November 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Watkins family and friends, words seem so inadequate at this time, may God grant all of you peace and strength and may he carry through your time of such sorrow.
R B
November 18, 2020
My heart is broken for the Watkins family, there are truly no words. May God surround you with his love and comfort and strengthen you as you endure this most difficult time of your loss.
November 18, 2020
May you be in the Arms of our Heavenly Father.
Jeffrey Bair
November 18, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alishia
November 18, 2020
To The Family of Ben Watkins,
My prayers are with you during the very difficult times, may the Lord give you strength and comfort.
Genevieve Doer-Brown
November 18, 2020
The family has my deepest condolences.
Nadine Whitaker
November 18, 2020
So sorry for the loss of this young man. Love to your family.
Marianne Madrigal
November 18, 2020
I would like to send my condolences out to the family of Ben. I did watch that season when he was on Masterchief. When I saw his picture I instantly remembered him. I'm so sorry that he had to go through so much at a young age. His suffering is no more and he's an even bigger chef now to many and for the best . R.I.P. Ben.
Linda Harrison
November 18, 2020
Sweet sweet Ben. You're shining star is going to light up the sky.
Rest with the Lord.
November 18, 2020
I so enjoyed watching Ben on Master Chef Junior. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest easy young man.
Maralena
November 18, 2020
r.i.p. ben and fly high and cook for everyone

connie klemp
November 18, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Ben's family. He showed the younger generation that you can still go on and make a differance after his parents tragedy. God has another little angel. Fly high Ben .
Mariann
November 18, 2020
Godspeed Ben. Now eternally a chef in the Ultimate Venue.
Harry Simpson
November 18, 2020
May Ben rest in peace, finally. I wept when I read how much sorrow this young man has been through in his short life. I was glad to see that cooking made him so happy. The angels are going to have to get bigger wings after young Ben feeds them as well as I'm sure he will! May God comfort each of you in your very great loss, and know that Ben is safe with Jesus, where there are no more tears. God bless.
November 18, 2020
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family. May the God of tender mercies and comfort bring the family peace as the go through this most difficult time.
November 18, 2020
So sorry to hear of bens passing keep cooking in heaven n may God be with your family n friends.rest in heavenly peace.
Allen
Friend
November 18, 2020
Rest easy little man. You are with the Angels now, in God's embrace.
Cindy Herd
November 18, 2020
What an inspiration. Rest in peace sweet Ben. Make the angels cook good!
Teresa Hustey
Friend
November 18, 2020
I was so proud of you ,God pick a Handsome flower you will be missed. RIH .MONIQUE ELEY FROM SUFFOLK VA.23434.
Juanita Eley
Friend
November 18, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. My deepest condolences. Christian a Whitfield
Christian Whitfield
November 18, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. My prayers are with the family.saw ben on master chef he was aussome
Cathy lewis
November 18, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family.
May the God of compassion console
your grieving heart during the loss of
your dear beloved one.
My sincere and heartfelt prayers
are with you.
Much love and deep respect dear
family.
(Psalm 121)

TE, New Orleans, Louisiana
November 18, 2020
November 18, 2020

Dear Family of Young Chef, Ben Watkins:

We would like to extend our condolences to all of you on your loss. Ben seem to be a very talented young man. He will be missed by all those people whose lives that he had touched. He did leave a great legacy. All we can say is, "Rest In Peace, Ben."

WITH OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY, FROM, MS. VALINDA D. JONES, A 43 YEAR MEMBER OF SIXTH GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 600 EAST 35TH STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60616, AND ALSO THEIR PR PERSON, REVEREND DR. DAVID B. THORNTON, PASTOR, REVEREND DONALD B. REGISTER, PASTOR EMERITUS, AND THE MEMBERS OF SIXTH GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.

MS. JONES IS ALSO A FORMER MEMBER OF CHURCH MUSICIAN SHIP GUILD, INC. (1988-2008). THE LATE DR. MILDRED G. LEWIS WAS THE FOUNDER, AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. SHE WAS THEIR ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR. SHE NOW LIVES IN CINCINNATI, OHIO.
Ms. Valinda D. Jones
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