Champion’s death is unfortunate

In the days since and the weeks to come there will be a lot of rumours and speculation over the untimely passing of Ben Perlini Jr.

Dear editor,

In the days since and the weeks to come there will be a lot of rumours and speculation over the untimely passing of Ben Perlini Jr.

I just hope that the community as a whole will remember some of the truly amazing things that this individual has done to put Port Hardy on the map.

Ben and I became friends during a very exciting time in his life, a time when he needed someone to punch in the face and body on a regular basis — for those who aren’t following, he was training for boxing matches — and I and a number of others were more than happy to oblige.

Ben had already accomplished a number of physical feats before this time: he  had tryouts with a couple of CFL teams as a place kicker, won the Western Canadian arm wrestling heavyweight title, and competed and won a number of “Tough Man” competitions.

It was during this time in his life when he was approached to turn pro and try to make it as a boxer.

While training in Vancouver Ben had an unfortunate incident where he was stabbed on the downtown streets and was left to die on the curb with his insides on the outside.

This is when Ben chose to have a relationship with his Lord and saviour.

Ben’s relationship with his Lord is like everyone else’s — a very personal and individual process. Some of the things we do may not make sense to others but ultimately we will have to atone for it.

Ben was home recuperating from his wounds when we met and he chose to stay in Port Hardy and continue his boxing.

We trained together on a daily basis, many days making do with what and where we were.

Ben was supported at this time by a number of businesses and people here on the North Island and I know how very important that support was to Ben.

Ben went on to win by KO — he beat George McFall in Winnipeg — his first fight he and I had trained together for.

He then went on to win by TKO over Don Laliberte in Nanaimo, and then he was presented with the opportunity to fight for the Canadian Heavyweight Championship in Edmonton.

This would turn out to be a rematch with George McFall and Benny did it again. He overcame  tremendous adversity and knocked him out again!

Port Hardy’s first ever heavyweight champion of Canada!

Through all of the media interviews and time spent in the public, Ben was always telling anyone who would listen he was from Port Hardy on the north end of Vancouver Island, he was extremely proud to be from here.

Ben was not the most technical fighter, but boy did he have a punch! Ben went on to have a few more fights against some pretty interesting competition; Trevor Berbick, Shane Sutcliffe and a number of other really tough customers.

I am not writing this to tell you what you should or shouldn’t think about Ben, I only want you to know that he was proud to be from here and tried his best to represent our community well.

In boxing when a fighter passes on the bell is tolled 10 times in his honour.

Benny, I will ring the bell.

Conrad Browne

Port McNeill

 

Just Posted

A message from the North Island’s 2019 Tour de Rock rider

“Please join me in my endeavour to raise awareness and money for paediatric cancer research”

Council agrees to draft memorandum of understanding with North Island Seniors Housing Foundation

A memorandum of understanding between the district and the NISHF is a prerequisite for funding.

VIDEO: Pride flag unveiled at North Island College in Port Hardy

Festivities included a barbecue, cupcakes, buttons, and rainbows flags for people to wave proudly.

Loggers Golf Tournament returns to the links at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club

The North Island Logger’s Golf Tournament has been running for over 30 years.

Port Hardy Mayor gives an update on the much anticipated multiplex project

Port Hardy’s much anticipated multiplex project is still on hold, with no… Continue reading

VIDEO: Rare white killer whale captured by drone near Campbell River

The transient orca has been named Tl’uk, a Coast Salish word that means ‘moon.’

Nanaimo a prime market for new plane, Air Canada says

Vice-president previews Airbus A220, praises Nanaimo’s growth in passenger numbers

B.C. school mourns after 13-year-old killed by fallen tree on field trip

Teenager died after being struck and pinned by tree while on a field trip near Sooke

RCMP deploys special unit in Comox Valley to combat organized crime

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit spends four days targeting organized crime in Courtenay

B.C. temporarily halts resource development to protect caribou

The caribou population in northeastern B.C. has dwindled over the last two decades

Students disciplined after anti-LGBTQ signs posted in Kamloops high school

Vessy Mochikas, SD73’s principal for inclusive education, called incident a learning opportunity

Air Canada expects Boeing 737 Max to resume flying by September or October

Air Canada isn’t worried about safety of the planes, says vice-president

‘The Fonz’ gives thumbs up in letter to dyslexic students at B.C. school

Students in Maple Ridge reached out to Henry Winkler after reading one his Zipster books.

Most Read