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56, of Johnson City, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Mary (Baker) VanDerlinde. He is survived by wife of 29 years Tina; daughters Jordan and Madison; siblings John and Dean VanDerlinde. Ben was a proud and active alum of Johnson City High School and Binghamton University, where he served on the Binghamton Bearcats Board of Directors, the Celebrating Women’s Athletics Committee, and the BBAA Development Committee. One of Ben’s proudest achievements was receiving the 2015 Medal of Distinguished Service from Binghamton University. For 20 years Ben was employed at Crowley Foods, beginning his career as a cost accountant and working his way up to Vice President of Finance, making many lifelong friends along the way. In 2005 he made the difficult decision to leave Crowley’ s and attempt to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning his own business. At the time of his passing, Ben owned 9 local Dunkin Donuts stores. Beloved by many, Ben lit up any room he entered and was quick to offer charity. He often went above and beyond for family, friends and the people he employed, many of whom he saw as family more so than employees. He was passionate about being the best business owner he could be and even through illness worked painstakingly to provide the best imaginable life for his family. When Ben wasn’t working, he loved to sit in his backyard and read the paper, or grab an early breakfast at a local diner. He also loved to attend Binghamton University Basketball games, as well as various Johnson City School sporting events. Before multiple myeloma robbed him of full use of his legs, he loved to run, golf and swim. A Funeral service will be held on Sunday, at 2:00pm, at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main St, Johnson City. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 12:00pm, noon, until the time of the service at the Barber Memorial Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06851, and to remember to treasure each moment you have with your loved ones.