Rest in peace, Ben Cory

A community of mourners struggle together to cope with and understand their loss

David Cory’s son, Ben, died unexpectedly three months ago. He was 23. Since then we’ve taken some time to grieve. We’ve also continued to work, and so has David, but it’s a different pace and a different texture.

We’ve been letting people know what’s going on, sometimes, and other times we are permeated with numbness and choose not to talk about it.

We knew Ben and we have a deep sadness at losing him, too soon. Far too soon. Loss is part of all of our lives and room and space to experience it is an important part of everyone’s life journey. But knowing this doesn’t necessarily make our journey easier.

So we’re moving through this difficult time. One step. And then another. Some forward. Some sideways. Some back. It is the surreal world of grief and loss.

We just wanted to let you know. Profound as our loss is, our hearts are with David and Jill, and their daughter Becky.

We will continue to process this tragedy and continue to provide all of our services through EITC.

Ben Cory

March 29, 1991 – March 9, 2015

Ben with Guitar

First published on March 12

It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden departure of our beloved Ben. We are devastated by the loss of his smile, big heart, sharp wit, quirky and profound intelligence, sense of humour, deep insights about people, and competitive and fun-loving nature. Ben loved sports, music and especially his family, friends and AARC community.

Ben will be forever in the hearts of his loving parents, Jill and David, his cherished sister Becky and her partner, Sherwin, and his best feline friend, Oreo. He will be profoundly missed by his Grammy Joyce, aunts and uncles Mike and Joany, Barry and Diane, Jeff and Sue and Nancy and Mike, as well as his cousins Stephen, Gordon, Noah, Dan and Melanie. Ben will be fondly remembered by the Link family – aunts, uncles and cousins.

The AARC community grieves with us. They gave endless support and love to our family throughout Ben’s journey with recovery.

Tributes in Ben’s name may be directed to a scholarship fund for AARC graduates.

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