Bennet Wong, co-founder of The Haven on Gabriola Island, died Wednesday in the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Known as Ben to his family and countless friends, colleagues, students and admirers, Wong died from complications brought on by Parkinson's disease.
Wong and Jock McKeen co-founded The Haven, a centre for personal and professional growth and development, 30 years ago.
Rachel Davey, executive director of The Haven, said Wong's life and work touched the lives of thousands of people and will continue to do so for generations to come.
Davey said McKeen would like people to know that Wong's death was a graceful celebration of his life.
"He was peaceful, pain free and surrounded by love," she said.
"Jock and the family are deeply grateful for the care and consideration they have received at this time. The support has meant the world to them and they are very aware of being cradled in the loving arms of so many people. At this time, Jock is not able to respond to every phone call or email, and he knows and is grateful for all the ways that so many have kept Ben, Jock and the family in their thoughts and hearts.
Davey said that there will be no funeral, but there will be a celebration of Wong's life at The Haven, to be announced and plenty of notice will be given.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Haven Foundation or the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
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