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Benjamin Schoen
September 8, 1946 - December 5, 1994

"Hard work and will can overcome many obstacles"

Comments from Fred Geldon
at a Memorial Service on December 8, 1994

I have some things I want to say, and also will share a letter I received this morning from Larry Seidman, a mutual friend of Benjamin and mine from New Rochelle days. Larry lives in Philadelphia, and couldn't be here this afternoon, but he's here in spirit.

When someone is taken from us before his time, it's natural to ask why. And that leads us to challenge the unfairness of it all. Especially for Benjamin, who had to bear so many health burdens throughout his life, even before the last one.

But I don't want to talk about that side of it. I want to talk about Benjamin's inspiration, his legacy to us. It's a very positive one.

I can't help thinking about some firsts, that are part of my picture of Benjamin:

I could go on and on, but I won't. I just want to say two more things.

Our world is emptier today, without him.

Letter from Larry Seidman
Read by Fred Geldon at the Memorial Service


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