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Deepest sympathy to all the family of Ben. Loved cousin of Ben and Dot Brown (both deceased).
Many memories of visits to the farm in bygone days.
Russell (dec), Leonie, Maureen and Helen Brown.
‘Son of the right hand’ will be sadly missed, along with his love for intellectual arguments. He was reading, researching and debating his point right til the end, still sharp and enthusiastic for life.
Dearest Uncle Ben,
Such a kind and gentle soul. Lots of fond memories of your visits to Luggate, your trips up to the airport, times spent with Grandy and the extended family moments. I'll never forget the lesson about the importance of spreading margarine to the edges of your toast! Thank you for buying me my first vacuum cleaner as a wedding present with Grandy (I've never looked back!).
Rest peacefully - you've earnt it. Much love, Rach and family x
Ben stayed with us in Christchurch many times when he came to NZ to visit his children..we always had a lot of laughs and enjoyed his company.Thinking of you all at this sad time..RIP Ben xxx
It has been many years Ben, but I thank you for your friendship back in the 70's and 80's. With love to the family, especially Hannah (my Goddaughter), and lovely Fiona.
Rest In Peace dear Ben. Thank you for our four wonderful children and the association with the older six, I love them all. The world is suddenly less colourful without you in it. You remained a friend to the last and I will miss you always. Fiona
What an honour to know you through our lovely friends Lynne and Jim. May you fly free ❤️
Grandad Ben, I loved you dearly for all you that you are and everything you showed me through out my early years of life. You will be missed and in my heart forever.
Deepest sympathy to Ben's 'litters' (as he fondly referred to his family in his own lingo).
A loyal friend was Ben with whom we spent many "dead chook' dinners. We were often privileged to visit his Mallee hens, helping to keep the foxes away from them while touring the property in the trusty green Chev. Referring to himself as a 'just a poor old bastard' was part of his charm. He had a keen knowledge of the area and the histories of local families. His rifle shooting was second to none and the highlight of his weekends was to shoot at the range with "Dunk's". Always in our hearts.
Love from Jim Stewart (Iain), Lynne (Shorty) and Catherine (Power Steering).
I enjoyed my times with Ben and Dad at the rifle range over the years, listening to the yarns that Ben would tell unsure if they had any truth to them or not. Ben was a good shot, a great bloke and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Rest in Peace Ben.
Mr Curwood one of the characters that helped develop Lake Biddy into what it is today. He was handy with a rifle, he had a sharper aim than most. Good for a story of times gone by while having a beer he’d brewed. May he now galavant around in his Green Chevy forever more, rest Old Mate you will be missed.
Ben , your a true blue Newdegate legend . Enjoyed listening to your stories of the old times and your new adventures over a couple of home brews . RIP on Sheoak Hill.
Deepest Sympathy Natalie on the passing of you Dad. My thoughts are with you as you say farewell. May he Rest In Peace.
Rest In Peace Ben, it was a pleasure to know you, to care for you as a Nurse and to discuss Wilbur Smith novels with you. Fly high.