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Benjamin Kerrick Piecenski

Benjamin Kerrick Piecenski, 24, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday June 21, 2020.  Ben was born in Columbus, Ohio on July 25, 1995.  Ben became a true gentle giant standing at 6 foot 5 inches tall.  Ben had a beautiful empathetic soul, kind spirit and loved everyone.  Ben graduated from Worthington Kilbourne High School in 2014 where he loved hockey and music and went on to attend the University of Akron to pursue a degree in Business Administration. It was at UA where he became a brother in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.  In 2016,  Ben became an intern for Equity Resources and ultimately became a full time employee in the fall of 2018.  Ben had a full beautiful life in front of him.

Ben’s singular passion for ice hockey started in 1st grade and led him to play for 10 years.  He also got to play collegiate roller hockey for the Akron Zips.  He loved his home team, the Columbus Blue Jackets and truly enjoyed sharing this enthusiasm with others.

Ben cherished spending time with his family, girlfriend and friends.  He deeply connected with the outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking and traveling. Ben liked everything about cars- shows, auto racing and road trips.  Above all, Ben absolutely loved spending time at the family cabin in Canada.

Ben recently became very passionate about bringing change to this world regarding racial injustices.  He was deeply empathetic to the societal pains caused by merely being born a different skin color.  He gave of his time, money and social media platforms to help in any way he could.

Ben is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Steve Hindall and Anthony Piecenski; grandmother, Jean Piecenski and his uncle, Geo Hindall.  Ben is survived by his mother, Shelly Hindall-Hart (Dave); father, Tom Piecenski; sister, Abby Piecenski; grandmother, Sandra Hindall; his aunt and uncle, Scot and Kathryn Hindall; cousin, Drew Hindall; girlfriend, Julie Podnar and his beloved kitty, Lily. He also leaves behind great aunts and uncles, cousins and a huge score of friends.

A private family service will be held Friday, June 26th.  We will post information on line as soon as possible for Ben’s celebration of life service to be held in Columbus, Ohio.  Ben’s family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of love and requests in lieu of flowers donations to be made to The Bail Project, Columbus Urban League, Equal Justice Initiative or Natural Resources Defense Council.

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  • Shawna Hindall hixson says:

    I remember Ben as an enthusiastic sweet young boy, his light being extinguished is a loss to such our family but to the world. Fly high young man.

  • Justin Alley says:

    I didn’t know Ben for long but he was always a sweet kid, wanted to help others and always be the life of the party. He was a sweet, gentle, goofy, giant. You will be missed Ben. Take it easy big guy. In ZAX.

  • Austin Finley says:

    Ben and I met rushing LCA together. We became close friends faster than I would have ever imagined. He was always smiling always having fun and more than anything ready to help you with your problems and your demons. Ben was truly the definition of gentle giant. I am having troubling finding more things to say without breaking down in this comment section, but all i know is that I loved Bpie and this shit hurts bad. I have had a tough year with the loss of my father. I’m just going to keep moving forward and I’m never going to forget that big goofy smile and positive attitude Ben always brought to every conversation we had no matter what personal problems he was having. 💔

  • Jessica (Hollins) Rudolph says:

    My heart, thoughts and sympathies go out to all the family. Lifting up many, many prayers to you all, now and in the many months ahead.

  • Jean E Arthur says:

    To Shelly, Tom, Abby and all of Ben’s extended family, please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you at this time. Having been former neighbors and friends of the Scot Hindall family we know how much Ben was loved.

  • Jeff Forman says:

    Heaven gained a wonderful Angel. This world lost a great person and a gentle giant. I have had the pleasure of meeting Ben multiple times and he was always a true gentleman filled with kindness and respect.
    What a great life to celebrate just taken way too soon.

  • Barbara Webster says:

    Sandy ~ My heart goes out to you and your family. I don’t have words to express how sad I am for your loss. My prayers are with you.

    Barbara Webster

  • Brandon Korns says:

    Ben, what a guy, so loving, kind, thoughtful and goofy. The world has lost a genuine soul and gained a hearty guardian angel. There is no love greater than that of a brother and Ben shared that with all of us in Lambda Chi Alpha. To his family and friends we made the most of Ben’s time here with us and the memories we have will last our lifetimes. Ben, we love you, we miss you and until we meet again brother ❤️

  • Jennifer Steele says:

    Thinking of the sweet little boy across the street who was happy to be dragged along with us and the girls. He was so kind to them, and protective. We hope that your beautiful memories of Ben will help you through this difficult time. Please know we are thinking of you. Jennifer, Patrick, Emma, and Annie Steele

  • Kelley Hall says:

    Always smiling and optimistic, I will always remember his sweet natured smile and enthusiasm, my heart breaks for your family.

  • Luke Massie says:

    I didn’t get the privilege of knowing Ben long, but I’ll never forget the first time I met him at the student union. He was one of the gentlemen who introduced me to the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha. Ben was the epitome of who a good brother should be. He was one of the most engaging, exuberant brothers I’ve ever had, yet he was never afraid to ditch the crowd and have those tough conversations. I’ll miss the way he changed the energy of a room, or the way his contagious laugh could have us all in tears. We’re gonna miss you dearly big guy.

  • Feather Weldon says:

    Ben was one of my first friends at UA and we managed to stay in contact even after I graduated in 2017. He had the biggest heart and always wanted to support his friends. He was always asking when my next dance concert would be and always let me know he believed in me, even when I was falling apart while doing a million auditions senior year. Heaven gained one radiant light. I pray God will breathe peace and comfort over his family in this painful time. Rest easy, Ben.

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