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Benjamin John Dziuba
  • 40 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 18, 1976
  • Place of birth:
    Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 4, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    New York, United States
We must risk delight

Benjamin John Dziuba, 40, passed away on July 4, 2016.

He was born on March 18, 1976 to his adoring parents Benjamin and Lou Ann Dziuba and lived a storybook childhood with them and his sisters and brother.

He was a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando Florida and Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake CA. He was an accomplished actor, creative art director, programmer, UI / UX designer, and artist with accolades in all. An agent in a large firm once said, "We have no one like Ben. He's just amazing. It's like he has two brains."

It showed in his impressive professional life, from Steve Jobs approving his design work in California to freely donating his time and talent to Clowns Without Borders, to a popular off-Broadway play produced and performed by he and his wife in NYC, he gave everything he had to every project, and achieved great success.

In 2010 Ben married the love of his life Kristin Johansen and they proved to be a perfect match as they built a beautiful world together with 'the irrepressible Izzy' in NYC, creating, accomplishing, laughing, loving and dancing their way through trials most of us will never have to face.

Once diagnosed, he created a website to help others fighting cancer called thezipperlegchronicles.com. Articles like 'All the Side Effects they Don't Tell You About Chemotherapy' and other musings help patients and families cope with (much!) laughter.

Ben lived his life filled with joy, optimism and love. He continued to make all of us laugh more and think a little deeper each moment we spent with him. The statement 'he was admired and loved by many' doesn't seem like it's enough.

Ben leaves behind a loving and devoted wife Kristin Johansen, a beloved and loving step-daughter Izzy, adoring and beloved parents Ben and Lou Ann, loving siblings Jennifer 'Nif' Kozlansky, Catherine 'Cathy' Biro, Michael Biro, a devoted Aunt Patricia Benner, Uncle Richard Benner, cousins Lindsay, John Benner and a host of beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful friends and colleagues who are left with 'a Ben-shaped dent' forever in their hearts.

A memorial and celebration of his life will be held on August 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the 4th Universalist Society at 160 Central Park West (corner of 76th St) in New York City
Wear bright colors to symbolize Ben's joy.

Support for his young family may be shown at thezipperlegchronicles.com.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jennifer Kozlansky on 2nd September 2016

"Missing him today... Thinking about how he pointed out at the end not to waste any time holding any trace of bitterness, and stop being afraid of doing what is most important to you 'because it is too special'. (and you are afraid you will mess it up) Just do it! He loved the Cat Stevens song "If You Want To Sing out!" and the Muppets Song "If Just One Person Believes in You" Both very inspiring songs. :)"

This tribute was added by Doreen Flaherty on 9th August 2016

"Benji's amazing spirit will truly be missed.  He grew from a little boy with a bigger than life imagination to a young man that could light up any room with his smile and energizing personality.  You are loved and forever missed!  My sympathies go out to Kristen,Izzy,Uncle Ben Aunt Lou Ann, Michaell, Kathy, Jennifer and families."

This tribute was added by Judy Furneaux Nast on 9th August 2016

"I'm so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Linda Allyn Liddic on 9th August 2016

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God will walk with you all."

This tribute was added by June Hagman on 8th August 2016

"Nephew, I miss you. The love and light you brought to the world was amazing. You were so much fun when you stayed with us in Florida, inspiring Kent-Erik and challenging him in video games. You were also a comfort to me so many times in my life. You helped launch our company with Patricia, working closely with Derek to create a beautiful website and "look" for Patricia's work. When you were little, I never knew what to expect; you were so much fun, so creative. It was a wonder to watch your mind work. I still can't get over how you comforted me on the phone when you called, and when I came to see you at the hospital in New York in June, once again, I'm in pieces, and you were intent on comforting me. Such a generous spirit, kind heart. Thank you for staying close. It was an honor to be there when you came into the world, when you married the amazing Kristin, and say goodbye at the end of your wonderful life. I just wish we could've held onto you longer.
Love You, Aunt June"


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