OBITUARY

Benjamin Earl Solomon

November 3, 1949June 4, 2021
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Benjamin Earl Solomon, born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 3, 1949, to Ida and Leo Solomon. He spent his formative years in Tucson, prior to meeting Vicky, his bride of almost 43 years, and moving to Chandler where he established his family. Ben loved spending time with his wife Vicky, she was his everything, traveling to various National Parks throughout The United States and Canada and being with his family. Ben is survived by his beloved wife Vicky his sons, Adam Solomon, Alan (Jamie) Gavin and Eric (Jill) Gavin, and his five grandchildren, Austin, Chandler, Madison, Tatum and Brooklyn Gavin, all of who he adored. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Solomon and brother, Mark Solomon both that reside in California. Ben was committed to his Jewish faith and an active member of Temple Beth Shalom of East Valley, where he developed many good friendships and donated much of his free time. Ben loved sports and, until recently, the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he and Vicky were original franchise season ticket holders. He had an affinity for classic movies, television and music of many genres. Ben enjoyed a successful career with Axle Transmission of Arizona until his retirement in 2015. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 8th at 11:30 AM at Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery, 10940 E Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ 85248. Donations in Honor of Ben Solomon to Temple Beth Sholom of East Valley at 3400 N. Dobson Rd Chandler, AZ 85224

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  • Prayer Service

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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Bruss Bowman

June 9, 2021

I've known Ben for about 6 months at the Lifetime gym in Tempe. He's one of a handful of us that I refer to as the 4A club, those of us there pre-opening that walk in as they open the doors.

One of the most genuinely nice people I've ever met, Ben knew everyone by name. He also had a great love of baseball which we discussed on numerous mornings pre and post workout.

I was there when he fell ill at the gym, helped load him onto the stretcher and walked with him to the EMS transport. Although, obviously not feeling well, he was still chatty and good natured.

My last words to him were that I'd pray for him and he responded, 'Thank you'.

I will always remember Ben and miss him.

My deepest condolences to the family. Ben was a wonderful person.

-Bruss

Tim Hill

June 9, 2021

Ben was Mr. Workout. First in the gym and first with a smile.

As a baseball and movie buff he could have been a Professor of both.

We will miss you Big Ben.

I am sure you are schooling others in your new life.

Say hi to Babe Ruth, Jimmy Cagney and of course Marilyn.

It was my pleasure to have known you.

Dave Schneider

June 8, 2021

Ben was such a great guy. We shared an interest in music, especially classic rock. Ben loved The Beatles in particular, but he knew so much about so many other artists and their music. His musical interests were varied as were his interests in life. He was always learning about something and was a joy to talk with about anything. He had time for everyone and was loved and respected for that. We will miss him deeply and the music will mean even more.

Jan Thompson

June 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Ben's passing, my sincere condolences to Vicky and the family. Blessings to you all as you go through this time of sadness.

Phil Kinney

June 7, 2021

I was so saddened this morning to learn of Ben's sudden passing when I went for my frequent early morning swim exercise at Life Time Fitness. Ben was, without doubt, the friendliest guy at the club. He knew practically everybody's name - member and employee alike and he always had kind words of engagement. Ben would send me encouraging text messages if I was away from the club for too many days. I will always remember Ben and his passing will be a lifelong reminder to cherish and embrace our time and to see things in a positive light. Farewell to my fine friend - you will be missed by many.

Jack & Cindy Rosenberg

June 7, 2021

Ben was a blessing, to all that knew him. His smile, would light up a room. He was the kindest, gentlest, caring man, that we had ever had the pleasure of knowing. We are so sorry for your loss…
Jack & Cindy

Joseph Bourcier

June 7, 2021

Ben is one of the best guys at LifeTime Fitness Gym. Always willing to engage in a spirited conversation about all kinds of topics, movies and especially baseball. He will truly be missed! You could always count on Ben to be there working out and getting ready for a great day. I very much enjoyed his energy, spirit and love of living life being friendly!

Alan Gold

June 7, 2021

I met Ben as a client over 30 years ago at Axle. Over the years we became good friends and shared lunches together. Ben had an amazingly varied set of interests. He was always sharing new music, books, sports thoughts, technology. We kept our consistent connection going during the pandemic. I am grateful we were recently able to share a lunch together in-person. I have a void that will not be filled. I miss you Ben. My heart goes out to Vicky and the family.

Jen Reilly

June 7, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. I always enjoyed talking with him at Axel Transmission's Christmas parties and especially when we ran into him while visiting Bisbee, he will be missed.

Merrill Goldin

June 7, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Bens passing. We have been friends at the gym for many years. It was always wonderful to see him early mornings. He knew everyone's name and always had a friendly word for all. I will always think of him as I swim in the morning as we both are in our special lanes. I will miss him

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