The Southington community is remembering the life of 7-year-old
, who passed away as a result of a severe asthma attack.
A second grade student at Thalberg Elementary School, Ben had a passion for baseball, and was a fan of the Boston Red Sox. Besides playing in the Western Little League, Ben was an aspiring artist and attended art camp. He also enjoyed building with Lego’s.
“It has been difficult,” said Principal Megan Bennett of Thalberg School. “Ben has touched so many lives in so many different ways.”
As a way to celebrate Ben’s life, each class at Thalberg has participated in different activities. Between making memory books and creating banners, students and faculty are coping in different ways.
“It is part of the healing process,” Bennett said.
On January 18, Ben had an asthma attack that caused his heart to stop beating for an hour. He passed away a week later on January 24 after being in a coma. The Southington Police Department has showed support to Ben’s family from the time officers received the original medical call.
Although he did not know Ben personally, Police Spokesman Sergeant Jeffrey Dobratz said the loss of him “struck a chord with the people in the community.”
Sgt. Dobratz added that his department felt struck by the way the rest of the community showed an outpouring of support. Besides responding on the Facebook page called “Prayers for Ben,” members of the community have also supported a foundation created by the Buckley family in memory of Ben. Proceeds will help fund scholarships and other educational opportunities. With a goal of $50,000, the Buckley family has already raised over $18,000 on an online fundraising website called GiveForward. To donate, visit www.giveforward.com and search Ben Buckley.
“Ben’s warm smile and carefree personality made everyone who knew him a better person,” the fundraiser page reported.