Ben 'ben-z' Crackel of ircd.charter.com, dead at 23

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Ben 'ben-z' Crackel of ircd.charter.com, dead at 23

Postby seiki » Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:31 pm

Early this morning, ben-z, a former admin of ircd.charter.com, died in his sleep. He was 23 years old, and lived in St. Charles, which is right outside of St. Louis, Missouri. He was into playing Eve, playing poker with friends (texas hold em), drinking Jack Daniels and Jim Beam whiskey (lots of it), computers, video games, hangin out, and generally getting into trouble.

According to Ben, he had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer, and had injured his wrist and hand pretty severely last week after falling out of a tree, which he was climbing drunk. Some of you might remember him, others may not, but he was a good dude, and an EFnet Admin... and he will be missed by yours truly.

It was originally believed he died of a brain aneurysm, but his brother Jon tells us that the preliminary medical reports showed that one of Ben's coronary arteries was 95% clogged, and that it would be a few weeks before the official coroners report was delivered.
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Postby seiki » Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:50 pm

Official Obituary.

Crackel, Ben St. Charles, Missouri, June 5, 2006, age 23.
Beloved son of Mary Crackel (nee: Glover) and the late James Crackel; dear brother of Felicia (Brian) Battaglia and Jon-Stephen (Jeanne) Crackel; loving fiance of Stacey Brim; dear uncle of Alexa and Joshua Battaglia, Gabriel and Grace Crackel; dear nephew, cousin and friend.Services: The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO, where visitation will be held Friday, June 9, 2006, 5-8 p.m. Funeral Service 10 a.m. Saturday at The Baue Funeral and Memorial Center Chapel. Interment St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 North Halsted Street, Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60622.

http://www.legacy.com/STLToday/DeathNot ... d=18024436


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Postby seiki » Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:51 pm

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Postby Times » Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:00 pm

R.I.P. Sad loss of one so young. :(
I kissed her with my fingertips.
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Postby dubkat » Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:46 am

*sigh*
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Postby HM2K » Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:19 pm

I never knew him, but they are some great photos.

It sounds like he had a good life and will be missed by many.

RIP fella.
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Postby Hardy » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:08 pm

RIP, you will be missed.
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benz. / Ben Crackel

Postby markt » Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:33 pm

There are a million things I could say about Ben. But it boils down to this:

Ben was my best friend.

I will miss him forever.

-Mark Turpin
markt/cana - ircd.charter.com
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Re: benz. / Ben Crackel

Postby leahrebekah » Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:03 am

There are a million things I could say about Ben. But it boils down to this:

Ben was my best friend.

I will miss him forever.
Hi Mark. My name is Leah, I'm sure Ben never mentioned me but his mom and my mom were very close and I've known him my whole life. We were never into the same things and ran in different crowds but I was always very fond of him. He was always so nice to me and we were eachother's first kiss - though it was when we were 3 (got the picture of it too!)

Will you be at his wake on Friday? I'm going to be at his wake and funeral.

I might not come back here cause I only found this after doing a such of ben (morbid curiousity I suppose) and really just, I feel that I should have known him better. Anywho, if you want I'd love to hear from any of ben's friends.

e-mail: leah_rebekah@swbell.net
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Thanks.
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Re: benz. / Ben Crackel

Postby seiki » Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:33 pm

leahrebekah wrote:...
He was always so nice to me and we were eachother's first kiss - though it was when we were 3 (got the picture of it too!)
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post the picture if you can, I'd really like to see it.

-douglas
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Re: benz. / Ben Crackel

Postby leahrebekah » Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:03 am

Okay, so I cant find that picture but I found three others!

Here's ben at 2 1/2 years old:

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Here's Ben eating cake at my brother's birthday (not sure how old he is here)

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And here is Ben with Laura and me. I'm the girl in the front.

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Sorry about the poor quaility of the images... I don't think my dad has cleaned his scanner since he bought it.
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BAUE link

Postby leahrebekah » Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:00 pm

http://baue.com/_mgxroot/page_10891.html

Has some cute pictures that I didn't see there the other day.

The pictures with his dad are heartbreaking
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www.ben-z.net / www.bencrackel.com

Postby markt » Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:15 pm

http://www.ben-z.net and bencrackel.com were registered and we've had some hosting donated. i managed to blow up gallery earlier, but there are some pictures that weren't jacked. if you have any pics of ben, logs, stories, whatever, feel free to send them over to add to the site.

-mark

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