Obituary: Benjamin Watson, 1990-2022 | Obituaries | Seven days

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Dr. Benjamin Clark Watson died suddenly in his sleep on October 15, 2022, at his home in Columbia, SC, just before his 32nd birthday. He was born in Littleton, NH, and spent his childhood in Wisconsin and later Vermont.
Ben earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Vermont University in Wellness and Alternative Medicine. After graduating from NVU, he received his master’s and doctorate degrees in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from the Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina. He traveled to China, India and Bhutan to deepen his understanding of Eastern culture. He recently visited the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas. He was a student of world renowned Chinese medicine master and 88th generation Taoist priest Jeffrey Yuen. For the past three years he has worked at Palmetto Acupuncture and Holistic Health Clinic in Columbia, SC
Whether he was mastering the techniques of classical Chinese healing arts, spinning on his head, or simply brewing tea, Ben was passionate, curious, and fully engaged. He loved helping people and never passed a dog without giving it a pat. His co-workers will fondly remember hearing the thud of his car when he arrived at work and the joy he spread with his bright smile, infectious laugh and gentle kindness. For the past year, he has read his Bible every day. He reminded the patients to have faith and to count their blessings.
Ben’s dozens of notebooks with meticulous notes show his discipline and commitment to Chinese medicine, break dancing and weightlifting. He performed with the Rhythm Ryderz on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont, and danced frequently at jams in Montreal and Boston. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of hip-hop culture. He drew beautiful graffiti and spent hours mixing music tracks. He was lucky to have wonderful friends who shared his passions.
He is survived by his father, Steve Watson (Patricia Branon); his mother, Melanie Kimball (Gregory Dayton); his sister, Julia Parise (Andrew Parise), and their children, Leo and Faye; his aunt Susan Rice (Robert Rice); his aunt Mary Olson (Mike Piontek); his cousin, Steve Olson (Sasha Birschbach); his grandmother, Susan Rappoli (Jim Rappoli); his uncle David Gilboe; and his uncle Chris Moschella. He is predeceased by his grandparents Eleanor and Richard Kimball and Claire and Willard Watson.
A celebration of Ben’s life will be held on Sunday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. at Bevo, 70 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT, 05446. It will be filled with music and friends Ben loved, and all are welcome. If you have a memory of Ben that you would like to share, please post it on the Tribute Wall at If you would like to make a donation in Ben’s memory, please do so at your local Humane Society.

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