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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