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Official Obituary of

Benjamin A. Sheehan

December 3, 1984 ~ August 28, 2023 (age 38) 38 Years Old

Benjamin Sheehan Obituary

In Loving Memory of Benjamin Sheehan.

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Benjamin, a dedicated and passionate raft guide who tragically left us while pursuing his greatest love—shooting the rapids. He found solace and joy on the rushing waters, where his spirit soared as he navigated the currents with finesse and skill.

Ben was born on December 3, 1984 to Sharon Post and Rob Sheehan and brought an unmatchable energy to every aspect of his life. From a young age, he displayed an innate affinity for nature's wonders, and it was no surprise when he discovered his calling as a raft guide. His connection to people was profound, a testament to his unwavering determination to share his passion with others and keep them safe.

Guiding countless adventurers down rivers, Ben had an uncanny ability to turn every trip into a memorable and unforgettable experience. His infectious laughter, warm smile, and reassuring presence put everyone at ease, transforming strangers into friends and creating bonds that lasted far beyond the rapids.

Tragically, on August 28, the river he loved so dearly claimed him in the pursuit of his passion. While his life was cut short, his legacy will forever ripple through the lives he touched. He leaves behind his beloved family, parents Sharon Post and Rob (Heather Chase) Sheehan, maternal grandmother Mildred “Mitzi” Pasalich, sisters Kimtai DeMars, Jordan Wesel, Rowan Sheehan, and Mary Sheehan, brothers Greg McDaniel, Ryan McDaniel, and Simon Sheehan, friends, Sage and Benji and fellow guides, all of whom will carry forward his indomitable spirit and love for adventure.

In honor of Benjamin, a celebration of his life will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023 at 1:00pm in the Zahoran Funeral Home with Fr. Vladimir Lange officiating.  Viewing will take place from 12:00pm until services in the funeral home.  Attendees are encouraged to share their stories and memories of this remarkable soul who lived life to the fullest. Viewing is possible through our webcast.  Please visit Zoom.com, click on join a meeting, 574-287-7125 is meeting ID number, then enter passcode 0000.  Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. 

As the sun sets on the river he cherished, may we find solace in the knowledge that Ben lived his dreams and shared his joy with the world. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered, forever shooting the rapids in our hearts.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
September 8, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Zahoran Funeral Home
1826 S. Kemble Ave
South Bend, IN 46613

Funeral Service
Friday
September 8, 2023

1:00 PM
Zahoran Funeral Home
1826 S. Kemble Ave
South Bend, IN 46613

Burial
Friday
September 8, 2023

2:00 PM
Sacred Heart Cemetery
24947 Western Ave
South Bend, IN 46619

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