Benjamin M. Wordell, 19, Little Compton

Posted 12/2/20

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the unexpected passing of Benjamin M. Wordell of Little Compton on November 30 at the age of 19. He will be remembered lovingly by his parents …

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Benjamin M. Wordell, 19, Little Compton

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It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the unexpected passing of Benjamin M. Wordell of Little Compton on November 30 at the age of 19. He will be remembered lovingly by his parents Russell and Suzette Wordell, his grandmother Nancy Lambert (Nan); his uncle Peter Lambert, his aunt Nicolette Pratt, a large and loving extended family, and many close friends.   He was predeceased by his grandfather Romeo Lambert (Pepere).

Even though Ben’s time with us was short, he touched the lives of many and accomplished much. He loved to smile, laugh, and would talk to anyone. As a child, he dabbled in many sports, art lessons, piano, trumpet playing, and even composed his own songs. For high school sports, he played tennis and track & field and was on the student council. 

His most favorite activity was Irish dance, which he did for 13 years. Ben traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland, winning hundreds of competitions and placing in every major competition he entered, including placing as one of the top 20 male Irish dancers in the world.

Ben was a faithful Catholic who attended St. Philomena’s School and altar serving for eight years. He graduated from Tiverton High School in 2019 and was currently a student at Rhode Island College in the Bachelor of Social Work program. Two weeks ago, Ben was inducted into the National Society for Leadership and Success and expected to begin a social work internship through Bradley/Lifespan in January.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Little Compton, on Friday, December 4, at 10 am. Interment to follow at Pocasset Hill Cemetery, Tiverton. Due to current RI COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no calling hours. In place of flowers, please consider a donation to Bradley Hospital at https://www.bradleyhospital.org/Giving-to-Bradley-Hospital in Ben’s memory.

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