LIBERTY — Benjamin Kurtis Ard died March 2, 2022. Born Aug. 19, 1985, in Belfast, Ben lived more in his 37 years than most people live in 80.

He started his lifetime pursuit of mischief Thanksgiving Day 1988 with his accomplice and full-time partner in crime, little brother Joshua, when they burned down their family home as a practical joke that no one found funny. Rushing to their aid, saving them from the consequences of their own actions that day, was older brother Warren, an act that would be repeated many more times in the following 30 years than anyone could possibly count.

His death was untimely, and unfortunately very much real. Contrary to many beliefs, and a well confounded conspiracy theory, this is not his well planned attempt at “faking his death in order to collect the insurance money and avoid all them damn restitution payments.” Although that, in fact, was a dream of his. Benjamin touched many people, both with and without consent. He wrote his own rules, fought authority and paved his own way in life.

Ben’s passing has left a great hole in our hearts. He was a very loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, father and friend. Growing up in Waldo County, his recent days were spent in Florida with his grandfather Greg Peavey, and his treasured grandmother, Judy, for whom he would’ve moved a mountain.

In addition to his maternal grandparents, he leaves his mother, Serena Ard, and stepfather Don Wilmore of Unity; father Warren H. Ard Jr. and his partner, Kathy, and her son, Issac, of Liberty; siblings (who, along with Benjamin, were collectively referred to throughout Waldo County as “them damn Ard kids”), sister Mary Ard of Nantucket, Mass.; brother Warren H. Ard III and his wife, Lauren, of Nantucket, Mass., and their children, Sydney and Annie; brother Joshua Ard and his partner, Nicole, of Thorndike, and their children, Payton, Marc, Mackenzie and Geneva; brother Alexander Ard and his fiancée, Nikki, of Waterville; children Jackson and Isabella; and, from the most recent count, 27 females on Facebook who upon hearing of his untimely passing, claimed him to “be the love of their life” and “had just talked to him yesterday.”

He was predeceased by paternal grandparents Warren H. Ard Sr. and Annie, of Liberty; and best friend Wayne “Dubba” Harriman. Ben has taken a part of our hearts forever, and will be forever missed. Fly high, blue-eyed boy.

There will be a celebration of life Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Community Hall, Route 220. A potluck lunch will follow.

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