In the early morning hours of August 10, 2007 our beloved “Ben” passed into the spirit world with his best friend, Neil Roy, at his side.
    Ben, a member of Seine River First Nation, was born on June 5, 1990 in Thunder Bay, Ont. He was the youngest son of Earl Harold Klyne and Dorothy Ann Friday.
    He will be greatly missed by his parents Earl and Dorothy of Fort Frances, Ont.; sister, Jessica Bird of Couchiching, Ont.; brothers, Richard Jackson Bird (Lisa Prince), and Peter Klyne of Fort Frances, Ont.; nieces and nephews Gabriel, Teyha, Keira, Shayana, Marcus, Kaylee, Drayden and Jackson; grandmothers, Nora Klyne and Jessie Friday; numerous great aunts, great uncles, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. Ben also leaves behind his so special friend, Skylar Odahl and cousin, Clinton Crowe.
    Ben was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Harold Klyne and his maternal grandfather, Bud Friday; as well as Aunt Luanne Lee.
    Ben enjoyed life to the fullest. He played numerous sports throughout his life. He became an exceptional skater on homemade rinks that his dad used to make for him and he played organized hockey for 15 years. He is remembered by his coaches as a great defensive player. While learning how to walk, he always had a pair of skates on his feet.
    He was a line-backer for the Fort Frances Muskie Football team. His favourite number was always #27. He also enjoyed the game of golf, qualifying for the North American Indigenous games of 2008. He had a love for the outdoors as he hunted and fished with his dad.
    He enjoyed bike tricks, snow-blading, playing cards and video games and teasing his brothers, Peter and Jackson, and his big sister, Jess. As a child, he was always such a little dare-devil. He always pushed himself to the limit. He knew he could do anything he set out to do and he did.
    Ben had an army of friends. He was always playing host to the best house parties in town. He never stayed angry for too long because he was truly happy in his life.
    Ben worked at the pro shop at Kitchen Creek Golf Course for two seasons. He golfed out of Heron Landing Golf Course. He babysat his nieces and nephews because he loved spending quality time with them. He rarely said “No” to them when they asked “Uncle, could you take us to the park?” He was a stellar uncle, an awesome brother, a wonderful son, a good friend, and most of all, he was Ben, one unique individual.
    Benjamin’s soul will forever be with us in our hearts.
    Visitation took place at Green Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Elder Gilbert Smith officiated. Pallbearers were all the friends of Benjamin.
    A celebration of Ben’s and Neil’s lives took place at the Memorial Sports Centre on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 at 4 p.m. All friends and families who were fortunate enough to be touched by these two magnificent young men, were invited to participate, as the families and peers of Benjamin and Neil remember them as they were.
    If anyone so wishes, donations in Ben’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation and/or the Riverside Health Care Dialysis Unit.