Benjamin Hayes Caston, 29 of Manchester and York, Maine died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020.
Ben attended Maranacook Schools in Manchester and Readfield and St. Dominic's School in Auburn.A natural athlete he played many sports, but his favorites were Baseball and Hockey.
While personal goals were important to him, the team camaraderie and their gain was his focus.After his school years he continued to play sports and he participated in the Augusta Adult Softball Leagues and the Maine Pond Hockey Classic. Ben grew up boating, tubing and water skiing at his family's home on Cobbosseecontee Lake in Manchester.He also liked to downhill ski and spent time with the K Kids and friends up at Sugarloaf.His skiing technique bombing straight downhill to the bottom earned him the name "Cannon Ball Caston".Ben liked to fish and hunt. Ice fishing in particular, smelting on the Kennebec River was a winter highlight.He also enjoyed hunting with his sister, Eric and the Rideout family.
His tree work career began with Asplundh and then to Bartlett Tree Service.Ben became certified spray applicant and learned the intricacies of tree management systems. One of the highlights of his career was to attend training at Bartlett's Research Arboratory in Charlotte, NC. Safety was of the utmost importance, his quick reflexes and First Aid training once helped him save the life of a fellow worker. His exuberance for the work and his contagious humor will be remembered by co-workers.
Ben is survived by his father James of Manchester, ME; his mother Susan of Rockland, ME; his sister Meaghan and her fiancé Eric Rideout of Whitefield, ME; his sons Porter and Wyatt.He is also survived by his girlfriend Apryl Burnette of York and her son Matthew; his maternal grandparents Gayle and Hayes Ward of Limestone; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece Avery Rideout.
A picnic in Celebration of Ben's Life will be held at 1pm on July 11th at the Manchester Grange Hall, Route 202 in Manchester, ME. Family and friends are encouraged to bring stories to share.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Maine Pond Hockey Classic, Alfond Youth Center, 126 North Street, Waterville, ME.