John Benjamin Woods, age 29, passed away on Monday September 6, 2021.
Our world was made better with Ben’s laughter, his sense of fun, and his boundless caring for everyone and everything in his life. He shared his love as a sincere and spontaneous gift giver, with offerings of technology, jewelry, kitchenware, and many pounds of potato chips. Ben had a refreshing sense of carefree individuality that we all admired.
Pie baker, chef extraordinaire, gardener of all things large… lots of pumpkins and corn! He loved all things outdoors: camping, building campfires, chopping wood, and seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. Ben was the St. Francis of our family—a friend and passionate advocate for all animals, indoors and out. He looked forward to Autumn all year long. At age 29, Ben still counted the days until Christmas, and always loved our family gatherings.
Talented guitar player, gifted runner and photographer, composer of song and poetry, and so very skilled with his hands. Ben could fix anything. He graduated from Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Woodlynde School, and Orleans Technical Trade School.
Ben is forever with us in our hearts and spirits. We love him as he loves us. Ben is survived by his parents, Bill and Janet Woods, his loving brother Alex, the love of his life, Rachel Stevens, her daughter Elera, and his grandparents Josephine Salvo and Bill and Barbara Woods. And he leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers please send donations in Ben’s name to:
Face to Face, 109 East Price Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144 (www.facetofacegermantown.org)
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (www.schuylkillcenter.org)
Relatives and friends are invited to Ben’s Celebration of Life Mass Saturday, September 18th at 11:30 AM at St. Vincent DePaul Church, 109 East Price St., Philadelphia. Visitation begins at 10:45 AM. Masks must be worn in church.
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