Benjamin Ross Towles was
March 19, 2017, the world lost a very strong and courageous
young man. In his short life he touched so many with his
smile, his wit, his personality and his unwavering will to
Benjamin Ross Towles was born on
June 7, 1994
to Michelle R. Reff. When Ben was three months old his dad,
Joseph C. Reff, came into his life. Ben attended South
Jefferson Central School where he made life long friends. He
loved wrestling, video gaming, learning useless facts,
spending time with his family and of course, hanging out
with his beloved dog Scrappy.
At age 16 Ben was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Through the years Ben endured extensive treatments,
procedures and surgeries. He fought and beat cancer twice.
Still, during his treatments Ben was able to graduate, get
his license, participate in Relay For Life Events, and with
an entire community behind him he continued to fight for six
In 2014 Ben and his family moved to Dandridge, Tennessee
where Ben continued to endured setbacks related to the
cancer. Ben did not complain. He handled what was dealt to
him with such grace and always treated his nurses and
doctors with the utmost respect, all with a smile on his
face. His quick wit and snappy comebacks were a part of who
For whatever reason, Ben paid a debt he did not owe.
In his life Ben truly loved his devoted soul mate, Abby
Helen Ferendzo. Abby made sacrifices in her life to be by
Ben’s side, also without complaint. The two shared an
amazing love. Abby was by his side through everything and
was holding his hand during his last breath. Ben’s family
is forever thankful to her for that.
In passing, Ben leaves behind his mother and father,
Michelle R. and Joseph C.
Reff, Dandridge Tennessee; his brothers, Jaycee Reff
and Logan Towles; his beloved Abby Ferendzo; his maternal
grandparents Joe and Barb Biadasz, Plover Wisconsin; his
paternal grandmothers JoAnn Reff, Dexter New York and Bonnie
Towles, Adams, New York; countless aunts, uncles, cousins,
nephews, nieces and friends.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 27, at the
Life Church of the Nazarene, 535 Thompson Blvd. Watertown.
Ben will be laid to rest in Dandridge Tennessee with his
family. Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 26,
at the church.
Thank-you to all who have supported, loved, and did
“Believe in Ben” for so long.
condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.
Information provided by Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral
Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.