We Remember

O’FLAHERTY, Benjamin John

May 1, 1993 — January 1, 2015

It is with sad and heavy hearts that John, Sharon and Olivia along with all of our families announce that our “Little Benny” has passed on to his next journey beyond on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9:40 AM.

Benjamin was born May 7, 1993 in Kenora ON.  Born full of life he was on the move as soon as his little legs would let him go.  Ben’s life and our lives changed when he was 3 years old, diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma, he received a Bone Marrow Transplant from his beautiful sister Olivia, which ultimately saved his life.


Although Ben had many obstacles along these next 18 years – never once did he let any of this keep him down, he just moved through everything with positivity and teaching people along the way.

October 2014 our lives changed again as Ben was diagnosed with a secondary terminal cancer which took his life on January 9, 2015 at age 21.  Benny your beautiful smile, big brown eyes and gentle soul will always be close in our hearts forever – you have been a true inspiration to us as a family and too many others along your life journey.


Ben is survived by his parents John and Sharon and sister Olivia and Peter; grandparents Erwin and Rosalie Wolfe; Aunts and Uncles; Jojo and Dennis, Cathy and David, Mary, Scott, Anne, Donny, Jane, Paul and Joanne, David and Laura, Richard and Tobi, Arlene and Bill; as well as cousins: TJ and Brie (Micheala), Shaun and Kim (Ryan and Alexis), Brenden and Wynter, Ali, Jamie, Megan and Curt (Addyson and Kash), Abby and Kyle (Kenzie), Caitie, Erin and Will, Stephen, Joshua, Ryan and Natalie, Andrea , Allyssa and Zach.  Ben was predeceased by his grandparents Tom and Taise O’Flaherty who will be there to greet our little Benny, along with Aunty Colleen.


Special Thank you first and foremost to you Olivia the best sister and daughter ever, that gave Ben life and we were truly blessed to have these last 21 years with this beautiful young man.  To all of our families who have stood by us with your love and support over the years through this difficult journey.  To all of his wonderful friends – too many to mention, but you know who you are, thank you for your friendship – he loved every one of you.  Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Yanofsky, Debbie Hansen and all the Winnipeg Team at Cancer Care Manitoba – thank you for you love and support over the years.  Dr. Khoo, Christine and all the team at Cancer Care Kelowna, Thoracic Team Kelowna, thank you for all your efforts and support  during this past difficult year.  Hospice House Kelowna, who helped Benny die peacefully.


A service will be held for our Benny in Kenora early summer, will post details as we have finalized them.

“Love you to the moon and back.”  Till we meet again little buddy.  Love and miss you tons.  Mom, Dad and Olivia XO


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A service will be held for our Benny in Kenora early summer, will post details as we have finalized them.

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