August 6, 1976 – August 15, 2020
Tlanang nang kingaas (the one who is known far away)
The Davidson and Jones Families are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of a bright light in our family and the Haida Nation. Ben truly loved being a husband and father. He was also a dedicated son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend.
Ben was an exceptionally talented artist, transforming wood, metal, paint, and paper into exquisite creations that were traditional, whimsical, and full of life – just like him.
He was a member of the Rainbow Creek Dance group from a very young age and believed in the importance of learning and sharing Haida culture whether it was dancing at a potlatch or creating art to reflect traditional beliefs and stories.
Like a true Raven, Ben always enjoyed a good prank, especially when he pulled one over on others – which was regularly. He always had a good story to tell and, in no time, he had everyone around him laughing.
Ben was incredibly generous and believed in the importance of contributing to his community whether it was donating his art, mentorship, knowledge, or time. He was proud of his many collaborations especially those with the CASA and Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundations.
Ben was also an avid cyclist. He was honoured as this year’s Agate Man because of his active involvement in the recreation community on Haida Gwaii which combined love for his family and his ability to push himself past all limitations.
Ben is survived by his loving family, his wife Tawni; his five children, Gavin, Dustin, Jayde, Juno, Jasper; his father Robert (Terri-Lynn); his mother Susan (Dave); his sister Sara (Angus); and his cousins.
Service will be announced at a later date due to COVID restrictions.Obituary
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