Dec. 6, 2006 - March 15, 2017
He loved helping his dad and uncle on the family farm. Fishing with his grandfather. Taking care of his little brother and sister. Four-wheeling with his cousins in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Playing outdoors and indoors - on his iPad. And anything related to Star Wars.
Benjamin D. Wasik of Pendleton was a kind and helpful boy who loved spending time with his family, according to his relatives. He died Wednesday at his family's farm on Aiken Road when he became trapped in a pile of snow. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office determined it was an accident. He was 10.
Ben was born at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst and grew up in Pendleton as part of a large, extended family. He was a fourth-grader at Regan Intermediate School in the Starpoint School District. He played Central Niagara Baseball, winning several trophies, and PIP basketball at school.
"Benjamin will be greatly missed and will always be a part of the Starpoint family," Starpoint Superintendent Dr. Sean M. Croft said in a letter sent to parents in the district.
When he wasn't in school, Ben was often helping his father and his Uncle Frank on the family's cattle and horse farm. He had his own cow. Ben was his grandfather's right-hand man and in the summers, when the family would go out to their cabin, the pair would go fishing. On Sundays, the two would go to the store to look for the latest Star Wars-themed Lego sets. Ben was helpful to his mother and nurturing to his younger siblings, particularly his little sister who is just a year and a half younger than he, said his aunt, Diane Wasik Reed.
"I know everyone says these things about their kids but I didn't see boys like that very often," she said .
Ben is survived by his parents, David and Melissa; his sister, Brooke, and brother, Cameron; and his grandparents, Frank and Barbara Wasik and Richard and Elaine Reil.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd, North Tonawanda.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations to be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.