Robert "Ben" Towne, 45, passed away Saturday at his home. Born in Long Beach, CA, he moved to Syracuse with his family as a toddler where he has lived most of his life. He worked as a carpenter after graduating high school, after a few years he started working in the maintenance dept. at University Hospital and for the last 17 years he worked as a diesel mechanic at CENTRO of Syracuse.
Ben attended Fowler High School in the Class of 1983. He served in the Army National Guard from 1985 – 1988.
Ben was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed the solitude and beauty of nature. He loved to draw and was a talented leather artisan. He enjoyed following and collecting memorabilia regarding the history of Syracuse including historic buildings and the Erie Canal. He enjoyed celebrating life with his close friends and family. Whether smoking meat, frying turkeys, making homemade yogurt or roasting green coffee beans - to enjoy the best coffee on earth! His quick-witted humor and practical jokes will be greatly treasured and missed. Ben was a loving and devoted son, brother, uncle and friend.
Ben was predeceased by his mother, Marjorie.
Surviving are his father: Willis Towne of Russell, NY; siblings: Penni John Boucher of Mattydale, Arthur Stacey of AR, and Adam Jennifer Merritt of Altmar; and four nieces and nephews: Jessica Vernon, Jonathan, James and Judah Boucher.
Calling hours will be on Saturday from 2-4 pm at Krueger Funeral Home, Mattydale with a 4 pm service following.