Raymond, New Hampshire, Man ID’d as Cannon Mountain Ski Accident Victim
A Raymond man was identified as the skier who died Wednesday on the slopes at Cannon Mountain.
On a GoFundMe page, the sister of Ben Bennett said her brother was the 21-year-old found by the ski patrol in the woods along the Upper Ravine Trail after he became separated from his friends. Bennett had suffered serious trauma and was unresponsive, according to Cannon Mountain spokesman Greg Keeler.
He was brought down the mountain and pronounced dead by the state medical examiner.
Ben Bennett was a UNH student studying neuroscience and learning surgical tech online. He worked as a supervisor at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and at The Goat, Katie Bennett wrote on the page. His 22nd birthday was a few weeks away.
"This money will be used to plan a celebration of life which is what I feel he would want. Friends sharing memories of him, and getting together in his honor. I also hope to use some of the money to pay off his car so that it can stay in the family," Katie Bennett wrote.
Donations will also go towards flying family members in for the celebration.
"Having the Time of His Life"
Ben is also the son of Raymond School Board member Cindy Bennett, and one of 13 children. She said a second fund was set up via GiveSendGo.
"He was living up at UNH and he was having the time of his life. He was going to school and he had worked it all out," Cindy Bennett said in a Facebook Live thanking friends for their support.
She remembered he son as "happy go lucky" and resilient no matter what life threw him.
"He had hard things happen and he kept getting back up and he would keep going," his mother said. "He'd have something happen that was bad. Most people would be negative and they'd get down and Ben didn't complain. He'd just get back up, get going, face it head on and still he was happy."
The family is planning a service at the Crossroads Church in Pelham Wednesday at 7 p.m. and a celebration of life at 5 p.m. at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.
Ben Bennett's death was the second on a New Hampshire ski slope within a week. 15-year-old Sydnie Quimby of Gilford died while skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort Monday afternoon.
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