CORINNA – Benjamin W. Irish, 23, died unexpectedly Dec. 5, 2011, at a Pittsfield hospital as a result of a pulmonary embolism. Ben was born May 11, 1988, in Waterville, son of Anthony M. and Susan (Lane) Irish.
He was a graduate of Nokomis Regional High School and attended Eastern Maine Vocational Technical School, Bangor. Mike worked at Corinna Mobil Station; his favorite job was working with and assisting Mike Pete doing masonry work. He was a "Great Pumpkin Picker" for Charlie Peavey at Thunder Road Farm, Corinna. Ben always loved spending time at the family camp at first roach in Kokadjo; he loved playing basketball and baseball and was a really good catcher. He loved to read, play board game with his nephews, and he especially loved to play Monopoly with his family.
Ben is survived by his father, Anthony "Tony" Irish and his wife, Pamela, of Charleston; mother, Susan Irish of Corinna; maternal grandmother and her husband, Arlene and James Nelson of Corinna; paternal grandmother, Louise Irish of Dexter; brother, Anthony "Mike" Irish and his companion, Kelly Small, and their son, Lane, of Corinna; sister and her husband, Jessica and Craig Hawthorne and their sons, Jordan and Aidan, of Newport; three stepsisters, Karry Stevens of Bangor, Katie and her husband, Sean Merrill, of Omaha, Neb., and Kiley Stevens of Bangor; several aunts, uncles and cousins, including his special cousin, Sam. He was predeceased by his grandfathers; and uncle, Billy Lane. He will also be missed by his dog, Sophie.
A celebration of Ben’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Corinna Elementary School Gymnasium with Pastor Matt McDonald officiating. A reception will be held after the service. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are encouraged to make memorial donations to Ronald McDonald House of Portland, 250 Brackett St., Portland, ME 04102-3208. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport. To sign an online guest book and leave written tributes and condolences, please visit