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WILDE, Benedict Christopher Stephen (Ben)

September 11, 1984 – August 21, 2012

Ben Wilde, beloved son, brother, boyfriend, and uncle, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the age of 27 years.

Ben was born on September 11, 1984 in London, UK. Along with his family, he immigrated to Canada in 1993. He was the youngest son and the second youngest of seven children to Graham and Stephanie Wilde. He was known as the “Silliest Uncle” to his four nieces and two nephews.

He will be lovingly remembered by his girlfriend Sara Harasymchuk. Ben is also survived by his mother Stephanie Wilde; brothers and sisters Matt (Aysegul) Wilde, Sam (Rich) Rice, Alex (Tony) Hadfield, Jim Wilde, Pete Wilde, Sophie (Michael) Johnson; nephews Rufus Rice and Lewis Hadfield, and nieces Ece Wilde, Jenny Hadfield, Roxana Rice, and Eliz Wilde. He was predeceased by his father Graham Wilde.

Ben’s passion and career revolved around vehicles of all types, especially VW’s and motorcycles. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes but was still able to enjoy all things in life despite this, even sweets. Ben lived life in the fast lane and made it his own, regardless of what others thought or said. He loved snowboarding, roller blading (in some cases, extreme rollerblading!), and anything else adrenaline fueled, including paragliding and zip lining.

A Celebration of Ben Wilde’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with a “fun” dress code, as Ben would have wanted. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation would be greatly appreciated. ADF provides funding to the U of A Diabetes Institute to support research for the prevention and cure of diabetes.

In living memory of Ben Wilde, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. My thoughts are with the Wilde Family at this sad time. I have fond memories of Ben whilst he was living in Whistler. He really was a crazy, funny uncle for Jenny, always goofing around and making her giggle. I know Alex and Tony appreciated the ‘live in’ babysitter. Alex, Sam, Ben and I went skiing/snowboarding once. All the girls beat him down Bear Paw and Ben took off! I thought he was in a huff, but he needed something to eat. So off to Whistler Kids he went not realising that it was not a restaurant. He got a bit of grief about that from his big sisters. He will be missed terribly. Thinking of you all. Lots of love, Liv.

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  2. Bryanne Doyle :

    My thoughts are with you all at this time. Although I did not know Ben very well, only meeting him a handful of times, I know and love Sara and anyone who makes her smile the way Ben did, is alright in my books. May your journey find ease at some point along the road. May the shoulders of those around you help carry the weight. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bryannne and Kevin Doyle

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  3. Theresa Martin Johnson :

    Our prayers for God’s strength are with you. I am so sorry that Ben left us so soon, but he is with the others who have gone before him, and now you have one more Angel looking after you.
    Love you, Theresa

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  4. Sean van der Lee :

    Dear Wilde family,
    I am a friend of Ben’s from many years ago – he played hockey on my brothers team and we often played shinny on the rink at Elbow Park. I always thought Ben was a kid with a good heart, and I had a soft spot for him as he was British and my mum was British as well. Was very saddened by his passing, far too young. My thoughts and the best wishes of all the van der Lee’s are with you now in this difficult time.
    Yours truly,

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  5. Our thoughts collectively are with the Wilde family during this sad time. Ben will be remembered fondly but also with many smiles over his years of service as our team mate and friend. Number 5 will be remembered for sure.

    Wildcats/Silverbacks Hockey Club

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  6. I only met Ben once or twice while visiting my friend Sean, Sara’s dad. I know that Sara loved him very much and that his loss has been a devastating tragedy to everyone in the Wilde, as well as to the Harasymchuk families.

    My sincere condolences to the Wilde family for the loss of such a fine young man. My sincere condolences to you, Sara, and to your family on your great loss. May Ben’s soul rest in peace, and may his survivors keep the warm and loving memory of him forever.

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  7. Stephanie:
    We were so deeply saddened to learn of your son’s passing this afternoon. We can’t even imagine the pain you must be experiencing. Parents are not meant to bury their children. Our hearts ache for you.

    Ron and Linda

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  8. So I typed my name in google and found this! I saw the picture of Ben and remembered the last time I saw him: Christmas 2011. That Christmas was one of the best. Everyone was there (that was the first time I met Sara) and I knew this was going to be fun but I didn’t realise that was going to be the last time I saw my uncle. So as I read this I agree with everything it says, especially ‘the silliest uncle’. I remember playing Jim’s Xbox with him and we were playing a bowling match and we kept saying to each other we were going to win. I also remember when Sara and he were teaching me to calligraphy write and at first I found it so difficult but then they helped me get better and better. There are so many things I can remember! When I was at the funeral I remember crying in the bathroom after the funeral however the party after cheered me up!
    I miss you so much Ben
    Ece xxxxxxxxxx

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