Ben was full of life and energy. There was nothing he wouldn't try to do. He could be the most loving person in the world and he could be unmentionable cruel. He had an artist's spirit and was very talented in cooking and in painting. When he was two years old, his favorite toy was his Fisher Price kitchen - he could play there for hours - making the fake toast and cooking on the burners and shoving things in the oven. He looked at the world with wonder and fear. He was very sensitive and seemingly small things could devastate him. He loved cars and collected Porsche models. He loved animals and babies. As a young adult, he would seek out his younger cousins and entertain them for hours. He also loved the elderly, especially his maternal grandmother and could talk with her for hours on end.