OBITUARY

Benjamin Keith Dowling

January 13, 1984September 16, 2019

Benjamin Keith Dowling, of Bradenton passed away Monday September 16, 2019 at the age of 35; he was born January 13, 1984 in Tampa Florida . Benjamin was severely injured at 6mos of age and this devastating event lead to a life of struggle and full time care. He lived to the older age of 35 because he was so loved and well cared for by his entire family, especially his Mom (Rae), Dad (Joe), Sister (Melissa), Brother (Joseph), loving Grandparents and extended family. Benjamin smiled when a familiar voice spoke to him or he heard something that tickled him. Even with Benjamin’s challenges he experienced a life full of opportunity and adventure. He was number 1 fan for his talented brother and sister in their many activities and sporting events. He traveled many places in the US and even the Bahamas for a wonderful family reunion. Benjamin taught us all many valuable life lessons and everyone who knew Benjamin was better because they did. Benjamin also had the opportunity to be loved and cared for by the Manatee County School System, Manatee County MCAT services, United Cerebral Palsy and Easter Seals of Southwest Florida. He will miss all of his friends.

He is survived by loving parents Rae and Joseph (Kim) Dowling, Sister Melissa, Brother Joseph (Sarah), Grandparent Elke Smolko, 10 Aunts and Uncles, 18 Cousins and thousands of friends and fans! He is preceded in death by his Grandparents Rae and John Smolko, Monroe and Carmel Dowling, and Dawn Bradley (Aunt).

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Living Lord Lutheran Church (11107 Palmbush Trail, Bradenton) on Monday September 30, 2019 at 1pm, with a reception to follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to: Easter Seals of Southwest Florida, 350 Braden Ave, Sarasota FL 34243 United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, 2203 30th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34202 Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Bradenton, FL 34202 Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home @ Manasota of Bradenton is entrusted with final care

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, September 30, 2019

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Amy Van Dell

September 26, 2019

My sympathy for the loss of your very special son. The beautiful obituary shows he was greatly loved and a inspiration to all who knew him.

Susan Turconi

September 19, 2019

Dear Rae,
Although we never met your son Benjamin, we did meet you at that wonderful party you hosted for our daughter, Beth.
As parents, we hope you will accept our empathy for the loss of your son.
Sincerely, Sue & Mel Turconi

Bonnie Brett

September 19, 2019

Rae and Family - I am truly sorry for the lost of Benjamin. My thoughts are with you during this time. May he rest in peace.
Love you, Bonnie Brett

Kimberly Heath-Carrico

September 18, 2019

Dearest Rae , Family, and friends of Benjamin-

Comfort and care for you all during this difficult time.
May his memory serve you sweetly in the difficult months to come.

Sincere condolences-
Kimmi

Karen Huebner

September 18, 2019

Dear Rae, I am so, so sorry to hear of the passing of Benjamin. I always loved seeing him at Girl Scout event. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. God Bless...Sincerely, Karen Huebner

Michael Catarzi

September 18, 2019

Rae, thank you for the way you and Benjamin have touched all our lives, as a co-worker at FPL I walk the parking lot and pray for different people every time I walked by your office you and Benjamin were prayed for. I prayed for strength, peace and joy in your lives I hope it helps to know we love you both.

Sarah Marmion

September 18, 2019

Rae and family, I am so sorry to hear about Benjamin’s passing. Take care and wishing you all peace.

Diane Fager

September 17, 2019

My condolences Rae, Joe, Melissa & Joseph. This is so heart breaking. Ben truly had the most loving family. Hope you find comfort in your beautiful memories of him. Prayers and hugs to all of you.

Diane Fager

Cheryl Stires

September 17, 2019

I remember when Bob and I visited Aunt Rae and family in Florida shortly after Benjamin was born. We marveled at what a beautiful little boy he was. So precious, so perfect and full of hope. Rae and Joe were so very happy with their first born. Then at 6 months old we received a telephone call about the accident and we mourned the boy that could have been. Yet as Melissas said, we all learned many life lessons from Benjamin and his family about love, sacrifice and hope. We are sending back that love and hope to the family as they struggle through the next days, weeks and months. We love you all and will remember Benjamin’s sweet soul and his loving family.

Larry and Candy Sheaffer

September 17, 2019

Our sympathy goes out to your entire family. The Dowling Family is a tribute to what love and dedication looks like. Benjamin was loved and well cared for by his family. He was surrounded by love on earth and now his family in heaven.

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