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Rochman, Benjamin Peter

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March 28, 1979 - June 14, 2015

Rochman, Benjamin Peter


Benjamin Peter Rochman

“Grief is the last act of love we have to give those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.”

Benjamin “Ben” Peter Rochman passed quietly from this life Sunday, June 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. A fine young man always wearing a smile and sharing a cheerful word, he lifted spirits and blessed all whom he encountered.

Born March 28, 1979, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ben attended Gorsebrook Jr. High, St. Pat’s High, then on to San Jacinto College in Houston. He always knew he wanted to live in Texas and moved here in 2003. He loved anything “Texas” and collected “Texas” from then on. Texas was home forever. Ben met his partner, Jason Taylor, in 2004. The two instantly connected and enjoyed being together every moment God gave them. Ben and Jason jointly bonded in marriage on October 18, 2013 in a celebration of love and commitment.

Ben was a special person with a multitude of interests. Shopping was at the top of the list, along with cooking and entertaining family and friends. And let’s not forget the games he loved playing as well! Ben shared a kindred spirit of travel with Jason, who took him to many wonderful places both stateside and abroad. He loved animals large and small. Horses and dogs were his favorites, especially their three dogs; Coco, Cooper and Milo. Being environmentally conscious, Ben was a driven recyclist, a passion which was adopted by some family members and others as a result.

Loving life, laughter and people, Ben’s life was cut short by an unexpected accident at the age of 36. His sweet, sweet smile, twinkling eyes and zest for life will remain with us forever.

Ben is survived by his partner and husband of eleven wonderful years, Jason Taylor; mother, Meredyth Mitchell Rochman, of River John, Nova Scotia; father and stepmother, Peter and Gail Rochman of Adelaide, Australia; sister, Stephanie Rochman of Duncan, British Columbia; and his brother, Tobias Rochman of Montreal, Canada. He is also survived by his parents-in-law, Don and Wanda Taylor of Abilene, Texas; brother-in-law, Travis; sister-in-law, Julia; and nephew, Jax Henri Taylor, all of Cold Spring, New York.

Services will take place in the chapel at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234. The family will welcome guests for a viewing from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015. A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Ben’s favorite charity, the ASPCA or the Humane Society.


“To live in the hearts of those we love is to never die.”


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252


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March 01, 2016 10:55PM

I can not even believe this, i am in complete shock and heartbroken. I wish i could tell you how sorry i am Ben and how much you ment to me even after all the drama. Jason, i am soooo sorry, im sorry for everything! My heart goes out to his family and close friends.

<3 you Ben!

Vicky Mattar

June 23, 2015 8:00PM

I have so many fond memories from Chestnut Street. My heartfelt condolences to all of you.

Vicky Mattar

June 23, 2015 6:35PM

Ben and I were the best of friends in early elementary, roaming the streets of Halifax collecting chestnuts or hanging out in the public library. So many fond memories from Chestnut Street. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

Phyllis Shockley

June 22, 2015 9:17AM

Jason - I am praying for you, Ben's family and your family. Love is timeless.

Susan MacLean Michel

June 22, 2015 6:33AM

Meredyth, Stephanie, and Family, My sincere condolences on your tragic loss.

Sue Patriquin

June 22, 2015 12:12AM

Thinking of you Meredyth at this most sad time. I cannot imagine your world right now. Please accept my sincerest sympathies in the loss of your precious son. Hope to see you when you return home. xo

DIlhya Ross

June 20, 2015 7:28PM


Although we have not spoken in several years, you have often been in my thoughts. During this time of bereavement,you and your family are in my prayers as well.

Marilyn and David Moore

June 20, 2015 10:03AM

Meredyth So sad to hear about Ben, we always remember him and the time he and Niki spent together when they were in elementary school.

Don and Lynn Currie, Dorothy Murphy

June 19, 2015 8:22PM

To Meredyth and family; to Jason and family- we were shattered to hear about Ben and have had all of you in our thoughts and prayers all week. This is a third attempt to put something in writing but to be honest words just don't seem to be enough...Ben will always be remembered as a part of our best times, the treasured memories on Wellington St., at Christmas parties, as Allison's good friend, visits in North and hugs, Lynn, Don and Dorothy xo

John deWitt

June 19, 2015 8:09PM


Rhonda and I are devastated by the news of Ben. We send our love and support from Nova Scotia.

Love John and Rhonda and the Boys

Brenda Spinney

June 19, 2015 3:51PM

My condolences go to Ben's family and friends.There are no words to express my sadness over the lose of Ben Rochman.

jill barker

June 19, 2015 11:48AM

Meredith and Stephanie and family, I was so saddened to hear of Ben's passing. Hard to believe he was grown up, to me he will always be 12, laughing and planning some adventure at Lancers. My heart goes out to you an the family, Jill Barker

Anne & Ken Brand

June 19, 2015 11:18AM

We were deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Ben's passing. He was such a wonderful young man and had a very infectious smile. You are in our prayers Meredyth and our condolences to you and your family. RIP Ben.

Mona Paul

June 19, 2015 10:49AM

My deepest sympathy to his family. Ben was a great coworker and the sweetest person. He will be missed.

God Bless you all,
Mona Paul

Erin Jones

June 19, 2015 8:28AM

The world has lost such an amazing human. Ben was one of my best friends as a kid, and I will never ever forget how much fun we shared together.

Nicole Moore (Niki)

June 19, 2015 1:34AM

So sad to hear about Ben, one of my best childhood friends. So many of my fondest memories are of our times together, our pet crow, Blackers, who passed the same day we found him, but we insisted on a late night service, singing songs we learned in music class.... Recording our version of 'Rock Around The Clock'on cassette as 'The Fresh Kids' which I still have. Even pretending that we were' going steady'in grade 6 and exchanging chewed gum behind the school to trick the other kids into thinking we kissed....My thoughts are with you all, thinking of you Meredyth.

Janyth Ussery

June 19, 2015 12:12AM

Jason, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and miss you.

Barb McNally

June 18, 2015 5:04PM

Jason, I cannot believe this news that has reached me and I am so, so saddened for you. I can only imagine the utter devastation that you are experiencing. You are in my thoughts and I am sending you my deepest sympathy.

Kate & Clark Udle

June 18, 2015 2:27PM

Sending love and light to Meredyth and family during this difficult time. Please know we are thinking of you all.

Tami Armagost

June 18, 2015 2:21PM

Sending prayers, love and hope to Ben and Jason's families. My Gods's grace give you strength and encouragement.

Shelley Campbell

June 18, 2015 1:52PM

So sorry for your families loss. I remember Ben from working at Benjamin Moore. Ben was always smiling and fun to be around. He will be missed.

Linda and Ken Murphy

June 18, 2015 12:16PM

Dear Meredyth, we are thinking of you and all Ben's family at this inexpressibly sad time. Linda and Ken xx


June 18, 2015 12:37AM

I didn't know Ben for very long. But in the short time I knew him he was so full of life. He always had a smile and always laughing and joking. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Ben was a very special guy who touch so many lives. He will truly be missed.

Ben, until we meet again I am forever thankful to have met you. You were an amazing guy and I am privileged to have been able to work with you. I will really miss you.


June 17, 2015 3:52PM

I am so sorry to hear about Ben. Please know that my heart is broken for you. Take comfort in the beautiful memories and know that one day you will be reunited. I am lifting prayers for peace and comfort. I love you.

suzy parsons

June 17, 2015 3:14PM

Ben you will be missed and always remembered...sending love to family and friends xoxo RIP beautiful!!!

Lorne & Marilyn Abramson

June 17, 2015 12:56PM

We are very sorry to hear of Ben's passing. He was such a sweet young man.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and his friends.

Marilyn Abramson

June 17, 2015 12:33PM

Dear Meredyth, I was so sorry to hear of Ben's death. My condolences to all the family and please know that I will be thinking of you , Love Marilyn

Sheri Robinson

June 17, 2015 10:45AM

Meredyth I am so deeply sorry to hear this ....oh dear me my arms and heart reach out to you if you need a warm hug please come by to see me .

Devon Thornton

June 17, 2015 10:12AM

While I only worked with Ben for a short time, it was easy to see how caring and positive he was at work and in life. It is certain that his smile and laugh will be missed around the office. To Jason & Ben’s families, you have my deepest sympathies. He was a genuine person and is gone way too soon. May good memories bring his family and friends peace and joy in the days ahead.
Sincerely, Devon

David Boxer

June 17, 2015 8:44AM

Heartbroken at this news. My condolences and prayers to Jason and all of Ben's family. with love-David

Flossie and Charles Myhill

June 17, 2015 6:55AM

We were deeply saddened to hear of Ben's death and can only imagine how Meredyth, Stephanie, Toby and Jason feel with the loss of the ever-so-special son, brother, and partner. We offer our heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Our loving thoughts are with all of you. I'll remember him well. Flossie and Charles

Lorie Meisner

June 16, 2015 8:48PM

shock is all I can say right now. Ben my dear cousin I enjoyed our facebook talks and loved seeing all your posts you truly enjoyed life to its fullest . Jason he told me about you and I could tell how truly blessed he was to have found his solemate .please reflect on your time together and give a big smile thAt is what Ben would want you to do. Take each day moment by moment and hour by hour . Meredyth as a mother you must be stricken beyond belief we your Nova Scotia family are here for you call visit whatever we can do to help., my cell is 902-277-2177 I wish I could be there to hold you hand and give you my shoulder to cry on as many tears will flow. But take comfort in your memories . Ben was the most kind generous person I will miss my dear cousin although we never got to spend time together through the power of media communication we connected periodically I will miss our chats. Rest in peace dear cousin until we meet again. Love and hugs to Jason and Aunt Meredyth , Stephanie and Toby

Danny Sigmon

June 16, 2015 8:43PM

Jason, my God. You have my deepest, heartfelt sympathies. Ben was a beautiful person in mind body and spirit. He was a joy to be with every time we had the occasion to do so. Much love to you and everyone in both your families.

Daniel. Royale

June 16, 2015 7:40PM

Ben I'll miss you love you always. Xoxo Daniel

Laura Patriquin

June 16, 2015 6:50PM

My heart is with you at this time of sadness, Ben was such an Joy to know. I remember the day that I took this picture of Ben. He always made it a pleasure to work with him. I am sending all my love to his family.

Allison Currie

June 16, 2015 6:45PM

My heart is broken. I'll hold on to a lifetime of memories. My love and thoughts are with Jason, Meredyth, and the rest of Ben's family and friends.

Lupe Gutierrez

June 16, 2015 5:46PM

Though we haven't spoken in many years, I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Andrea Walen

June 16, 2015 5:26PM

My heart is breaking. I love Ben! John and I were so blessed to get to know him over these past few months. I'll miss our talks. This news was so shocking. This just proves how short life can be, and how we need to LIVE it while we can. Love you, Ben. We will meet again! My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his friends and family. RIP, my friend.

Heather Carr

June 16, 2015 5:23PM

Sending our thoughts and love to Meredyth and your family. Thinking of you, Heather and John

Jeannie Hernandez

June 16, 2015 5:11PM

Such a beautiful soul, a kind person and kindred spirit in our love of animals. Ben filled my ear with wonderful stories about his love of Jason, love of travel and the antics of their 4 four-legged kids. Jason my most heartfel condolences on your loss and to all of Ben and Jason's family, you are in my thoughts, praers and in my heart during this difficult time. Take comfort in the warm and loving memories that Ben gave you. Sincerely, Jeannie

Virginia Rand

June 16, 2015 4:44PM

Sending my love and thoughts to the family.

Helen Stewart

June 16, 2015 4:37PM

My most heartfelt condolences to Ben and Jason's families. I wish so very much I could be with you all to celebrate this wonderful person's life. I cannot begin to tell you all how much this would mean to me, but I am in Paris helping my dear husband with the loss of his dear Mum. I am attempting to send an e-mail to Meredyth and hope that she gets it in time for the service. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Juch love, Helen Stewart