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Benjamin Frank Yaffe

February 14, 1947 - September 26, 2021

Benjamin Frank Yaffe, 74, of Forest, VA passed away at home surrounded by his wife and children September 26, 2021. He was the loving husband of Rebecca Marshall Yaffe for 52 years.

Ben is also survived by his daughter, Shannon Yaffe Abatecola and husband Evan; his son, Paul Yaffe and wife Caren; three grandchildren, Benjamin Abatecola, Annabelle Yaffe and Jacob Yaffe; a brother, Kent Yaffe and wife Brenda; and uncle, Martin Morris and wife Gail Morris. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Durham Yaffe and grandmother, Mary Wiley Morris.

Ben “Benny” Yaffe was a retired pharmacist and a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a Hospital Corpsman. He was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School (1965) and the Medical College of Virginia. He was an avid fisherman, golfer and winemaker… he was also known to enjoy a good scotch with a nice cigar. Truly one of the kindest, compassionate people to grace this world, Ben will be remembered for his gentle nature, loving spirit, zest for life, dedication to family, and loyalty to friends. He was truly blessed to have many dear friends of more than fifty years, including H.C. Rudder, Charles Faulconer, and Robert Phillips. He will truly be missed by so many.

The family would like to thank his devoted and loving caregivers; Charmaine Bedlow, Deborah Dodson, Rosa Morris and Centra Hospice as he courageously battled Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Visitation will be held 2-3pm on Saturday, October 2nd at Tharp Funeral Home of Lynchburg; service will follow immediately after at 3pm.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

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Visitation will be held 2-3pm on Saturday, October 2nd at Tharp Funeral Home of Lynchburg; service will follow immediately after at 3pm.

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I did upholstery work for Mr and Mrs Yaffe many times and was impressed with what a good guy he was. Our sympathy to the family.

Posted by Richard and Linda Durham on October 3, 2021

The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on October 1, 2021

Becky, Shannon, and Paul We are so sorry for your loss! We have fond memories of our College Park years! Ben was indeed a kind and gentle soul. Prayers and blessings for you at this difficult time.

Posted by Judy and Dan Robertson on September 28, 2021

I first knew Ben on Diamond Hill through his uncle Martin Morris, a best friend of mine then and now. I later knew Ben as a pharmacist at Kroger in Boonsboro. As his obit states, Ben was a kind and gentle man who made friends easily and was a pleasure to deal with! Having left Lynchburg over 3 years ago, I was not aware of Ben's health problems. He is at rest now! My sincere condolences to Ben's entire family. You have lost a very good man. RIP Ben !! Bill Blackwell Midlothian, VA

Posted by William Blackwell on September 28, 2021

Becky my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Posted by Kay Lynch on September 28, 2021

I know Ben will be greatly missed by family and friends. He was such a kind man. Always seemed to have a smile. May your memories bring you comfort.

Posted by Shirley and David Warren on September 27, 2021

I am heart broken for all of you. Ben was a special man. Praying for strength and peace for your family.

Posted by Linda Grubba on September 27, 2021

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