Benjamin P. "B" Borroel
Benjamin P. “B” Borroel passed away tragically Jan. 8, 2009, in an auto collision accident outside his home in Grand Junction.
Ben was born Sept. 11, 1958, in Steamboat Springs, to Richard Borroel and Betty (Buntin) Deane. He graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and later went on to study at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs and at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely.
Ben moved to Colorado Springs, where he married Charlene Latard Sept. 11, 1993, and lived there for 10 years.
Ben suffered from epilepsy and a developmental disability all his life, but he was industrious and strove for excellence despite his afflictions. Regardless of the hardships in his life, he bore them always with an unwavering smile. Above all, Ben was a people person and made friends with everyone he encountered and had a talent for conversation.
Ben was very involved with SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered), and he traveled the country speaking on behalf of other handicapped people and their rights. Ben was also a proud volunteer at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. He was an active member of the Fellowship Church where he was a greeter, and most importantly had Jesus Christ in his life. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Ben is survived by his grandmother, Phyllis Burrowes; his mother; brother James (Denise) Canaday; sisters Phyllis (Joseph) Snoddy and Charlotte (Jack) Morse; nephews Josh (Lindsay) and Luke (Erin) Snoddy; nieces Dawnelle and Sabrina Canaday; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ben was preceded in death by his father.
In lieu of flowers, contributions or donations may be given to the Fellowship Church of Grand Junction in loving memory of Ben Borroel.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Fellowship Church, 765 24 Road, in Grand Junction, followed by a reception. Cremation preceded the service and interment will follow sometime this summer at the foot of his father’s grave in Oak Creek.
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