Benjamin Keith Dowling
1984 - 2019
Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park
1221 53rd Ave East
Bradenton, FL
Dowling, Benjamin Keith
Dowling - Sept 16, 2019
Benjamin Keith Dowling, of Bradenton passed away Monday September 16, 2019 at the age of 35; he was born January 13, 1984 in Tampa Florida.
Benjamin was severely injured at 6mos of age and this devastating event lead to a life of struggle and full time care. He lived to the older age of 35 because he was so loved and well cared for by his entire family, especially his Mom (Rae), Dad (Joe), Sister (Melissa), Brother (Joseph), loving Grandparents and extended family. Benjamin smiled when a familiar voice spoke to him or he heard something that tickled him. Even with Benjamin's challenges he experienced a life full of opportunity and adventure. He was number 1 fan for his talented brother and sister in their many activities and sporting events. He traveled many places in the US and even the Bahamas for a wonderful family reunion. Benjamin taught us all many valuable life lessons and everyone who knew Benjamin was better because they did.
Benjamin also had the opportunity to be loved and cared for by the Manatee County School System, Manatee County MCAT services, United Cerebral Palsy and Easter Seals of Southwest Florida. He will miss all of his friends.
He is survived by loving parents Rae and Joseph (Kim) Dowling, sister Melissa, brother Joseph (Sarah), grandparent Elke Smolko, 10 aunts and uncles, 18 cousins and thousands of friends and fans!
He is preceded in death by his Grandparents Rae and John Smolko, Monroe and Carmel Dowling, and Dawn Bradley (aunt).
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Living Lord Lutheran Church (11107 Palmbush Trail, Bradenton) on Monday September 30, 2019 at 1pm, with a reception to follow at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to:
Easter Seals of Southwest Florida, 350 Braden Ave, Sarasota FL 34243.
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, 2203 30th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34202.
Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Bradenton, FL 34202.

Published by Herald Tribune from Sep. 20 to Sep. 22, 2019.
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Celebration of Life
Living Lord Lutheran Church
11107 Palmbush Trail, Bradenton, FL
Funeral services provided by:
Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park
Sponsored by Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park.
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Laura Dochtermann
July 30, 2021
I read the story of Benjamin. My heart is broken with all of you. I pray for peace for all who knew and loved him. I can promise you that he is healed now beyond anything we can understand. He is with God forever.
Mark Shaver
July 28, 2021
Terri Valenti
September 28, 2019
.... and Family
All of us on the NoFear Softball Team remember your courage and your family's lasting love.
You were our BEST FAN ever!
Now you have found peace...
... you had already found love

Bartlett Family
Bunky Bartlett
September 24, 2019
RIP sweet one. Your smile beams through your picture. What a beautiful soul.

To his family,
Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
May you experience Jesus' peace, which passes all unNumbers 6:24-26 New International Version (NIV)
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

May Jesus give you the peace that passes all understanding.
September 23, 2019
RIP sweet Ben. You lived a life where you were loved so fully. You were hindered by your physical limitations but not by the friends and family who cared for you. Sending hugs and prayers to your family.
Linda Wolf
September 22, 2019
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