Beloved husband of Kimberly Faso. Devoted son of the late James and June (Wilbar) Cobb. musician, gardener, beekeeper, and Linux enthusiast; died February 19th at his home in Newton.
Ben was a traveler in the sense that he lived each moment as vividly as if it were a grand adventure. He played piano from an early age, and was known for his inability to walk past a piano without stopping to play. He inspired and welcomed people to gather around his music, which ranged from 50's rock and outlaw blues, to free jazz and old standards. He explored songs, playing them over and over, sometimes for fifty years before he felt he had claimed them as his own.
Ben attended Amherst College where he was president of the motorcycle club, undeterred by the fact that motorcycles were explicitly forbidden. After earning his degree in music, he studied Russian and German and was stationed in Germany in Military Intelligence. After the army, Ben traveled throughout Afghanistan and into India, and spent time living on a beach in Greece. His traveling motto was: find out where everyone else is going, then go in the opposite direction.
Back home, Ben developed an interest in organic gardening - long before organic was a household term. He tended a large garden, including fruit and nut trees and beehives, harvesting and preserving much of his own food. Along with this love for gardening grew a family run, organic landscape business. His philosophy was one of restful chaos, preferring to coax plants quietly into harmony. He considered a job a success if you couldn't tell he had been there at all.
Ben will continue to inspire inquisitiveness, love, and creativity in the hearts of the many who have known him, and serve as a beacon to those brave enough to live exactly as they choose.
Funeral Service and Interment Private.
Army Veteran Vietnam