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Ben Kilmer had been struggling in recent weeks, agonizing over the painful process of building his dream home, a beautiful house near Shawnigan Lake. InBen had begun looking at properties and eventually found a piece of paradise; 10 acres on a mountaintop overlooking the Malahat with a view of spectacular Mount Baker dead centre in what would be the panorama from the great room that would include a grand wood-burning fireplace.
There were few homes in the area and those that had been recently built were spaced far apart.
There was solitude, a back country lifestyle that the young couple had dreamed of. A small, pristine lake was nearby and the Trans-Canada trail ran below the property line. After eight years of setbacks and red tape, Ben got the approvals he needed to start construction. Despite starting his new electrical business and his busy life as a loving father of two young children, Ben threw himself into the ambitious project.
Never one to let anything get in the way of his dreams, he persevered. At first, things went reasonably well.
But as the project moved along, problems arose. Before long, it also became clear that completing the fabulous home on budget would be impossible, due to the rising cost in construction. Despite his persistence, hopes of completing the dream home were fading. Tonya tried to convince her husband that it would be OK to walk away and move on to another plan. By May 16, Ben had accepted the reality that the dream for this house was over and the couple waited on House wifes in vanderhoof approval from BC Housing to sell the house at lock-up.
Ben got his stuff and left quickly. I ran after him.
I told him I loved him and kissed him goodbye, not knowing it would be for the last time. Tonya was scheduled for a short shift away for work, then would have an extended break. There were plans to pick up the kids after work. All these plans were in place.
It was going to be OK. The following day, the name Ben Kilmer would be broadcast on television and radio, social media was buzzing, the Citizen began to delve into a local mystery. His white work van had been found with the engine running on the side of Old Lake Cowichan Road, a rural area west of Duncan.
There were traces of blood in the van, which the family is now able to disclose, in conjunction with the RCMP, were most likely from a nosebleed. Ben was nowhere to be found. Speculation began, Facebook groups sprang up overnight, espousing hurtful, sensational and false theories that would inevitably make their way back to a family that was struggling to deal with the uncertainty and new reality, while holding on to the hope that he may one day return home, even as the months ticked House wifes in vanderhoof.
Albeit not the way any of us wanted to come together, Ben successfully brought thousands of people to the great outdoors of Vancouver Island. However, she takes comfort in knowing the man she loved lived a short, but full, life and that his life was anything but a tragedy. Not knowing what was in store, Ben was commissioned to lead a team of guys, under his safety and supervision, to pull thousands of feet House wifes in vanderhoof cable up a mountainside to power a large sub-station.
To Ben, the care and safety of his team was always paramount, so he got the best of House wifes in vanderhoof best in the area to train them to harness-up and belay down the cliffside, while electrically outfitting the mountain. The pressure, intensity and demand of this job is something that most electrical foremen will never experience. His perfectionism and meticulous eye to all details was essential to the role and served Ben and his team well. ByBen was ready to strike out on his own. He formed his own electrical contracting business, Norpac Power Ltd.
Natural athletes, Ben and Tonya shared their love of the outdoors and travelling. They backpacked, snorkeled, dove and climbed their way through B. Our two-month trip of a lifetime took us through the western United States; backpacking, hiking and climbing through nine national parks, as well as living it up at Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags Rollercoaster Park, in Napa Valley, and driving up the Oregon coast. It was the best natural high that you could ever imagine! Nothing could have prepared us for that tidal wave of love to hit.
For anyone who knew Ben, there was no experience like it in the world.
Tonya Kilmer has spent the last 12 months trying to come to grips with a life-altering tragedy that has taken an immeasurable toll on the entire family. She has spoken to counsellors and friends, House wifes in vanderhoof books and mounds of research, and has prayed deeply in an effort to understand what happened.
Ben always said the most important thing in a relationship is to have fun together, and did we ever. Never have we known a man with a stronger love or devotion for his family. Losing him has shaken us to our core, something that none of us ever expected. Ben will continue to forever live on in my heart and the hearts of his two young children; his loving parents, Bob and Elaine Kilmer and David and Maureen Corry, by marriage; his sister and best friend, Amy Kilmer, and his sweet little nephew; and his siblings House wifes in vanderhoof marriage, Ryan Nicole Corry and Michelle Corry; his 15 cousins and their spouses; his 13 aunts and uncles; his extensive family by marriage; and, of course, his family of incredible friends.
He inspired and touched the lives of many and we got to see the power of that through our search, through strangers coming together to help, inspired by his story. Ben Kilmer, during a trip he and Tonya took to the east coast in Ben Kilmer during a trip to the Golden Hinde. Ben and Tonya loved adventure travel together. Ben Kilmer skydiving in Las Vegas on one of the trips he took with wife Tonya.
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