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Ben Lindal, 69, of Arbor Vitae, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Ben was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Aug. 22, 1942 and raised in Tovell Township.

He married his wife, Millie, of 46 years on June 4, 1966 and they raised three children.

At a young age and with a passion for building homes, Ben started his own company, Linwood Homes, with his father, Jake, and brother, Ron. In 1998, after 30 years of running Linwood Homes, he was able to retire to Arbor Vitae and pursue his hobby of selective logging.

He was a devoted husband to Mildred Lindal (nee Anderson) and the greatest father to Lance Lindal of Rainy River, Ont., Cory (Cindy) Lindal of Edmonton, Alta., and Crystal Lindal of Rainy River, Ont.

Ben had one grandchild, Victoria Lindal (daughter of Crystal), and he treasured his time with her. Victoria was Ben’s shining star and when she sang, it always brought a tear to his eye. He always said she has the voice of an angel.

Victoria looked to her Papa for guidance, wisdom, and strength. He was her everything and she will miss him dearly.

Everyone who knew Ben knew him as a generous man, never failing to lend a hand or help a neighbour. Ben always was quick to jump at the chance to help someone, offer advice, or just to listen.

Ben worked in the bush and enjoyed to be outside keeping busy; most recently, he was busy building bird houses for the many birds around their home. He enjoyed taking his friends and family walleye fishing at our family’s cottage on Lake Despair, where he also made lifelong friendships and regularly helped his friends around there, too.

Ben loved his many nieces and nephews, but had a special connection to his niece, Lisa Lindal, of Winnipeg, Man., his great-nephew, Kyle James (son of Lisa), who fondly referred to him as Papa, and his niece and Godchild, Jackie Anderson, of Edmonton, Alta.

Ben was predeceased by his parents, Jake and Hildur Lindal; his brother, Ronald; and his sister, Ingrid.

There will be a private service for close friends and family at the Lindal residence in Arbor Vitae on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 4 p.m.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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