In Memory of Ben Gornto (1971-2018)

July 30, 1971 - February 20, 2018

                                                        A SOUL GONE TOO SOON!!!

This story is for all of you who love and miss Ben, or Benjie, as some of his family knew him.  Ben was a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew, a co-worker, and friend.  Many of you, particularly his co-workers at Manheim Auto Auction, made a HUGE impact on him over the last several years.  He found a new joy in life thanks to all of you.  Ben was kindhearted and spent his years on this planet being a peaceful and generous soul.  He was incredibly talented and an amazing man whose genius and ingenuity will be sorely missed by every single one of us who loved him.   

Ben took great joy in his robots, books, and anything that ran by remote control.   He asked his mom for his first computer when he was three years old, which was incredible because in 1974, most people did not even know what a computer was.   He always preferred a good movie at home (like The Blues Brothers or The Terminator) over going out to the theater, and he would rather a good book than a social gathering any day.  He was incredibly smart and knew how to build just about anything electronic or gas powered.  In recent years, Ben found a new passion in building and flying drones with his buddies, some of whom became his best friends.  

While Ben had no children of his own, he found great happiness in helping children experience joy by sharing droids, drones, and remote control cars that he built himself.  Many of Ben's loved ones wanted to donate to a cause in his memory.  Ben's family chose the Children's Charity,  Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida for this GoFundMe effort.   We set a goal of $1971, because that is the year of Ben's birth, but any amount raised will bring honor to Ben's memory by making sure these very deserving children have their wishes come true.  

Also, anyone who would like to share a story, post, photo or video of Ben, please visit his Facebook page so we can keep a journal of your thoughts.

Rest in peace, Benjamin Charles Gornto
A son, brother, nephew, cousin, co-worker, and most of all, a SOUL GONE TOO SOON.   

(7/30/1971 - 2/20/2018)

Ben's Drone Video Published on
(Ben's Youtube handle - OMNIBOT)
Published on Jan 9, 2018


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Caryn Fennell 
Acworth, GA
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