Benjamin Parker Fischlowitz
46, died peacefully in his San Diego home on February 9, 2018. Ben was born in Vietnam and adopted in Maryland by Merle Fischlowitz (San Diego) and Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong (Honolulu). When Ben was 4, the family moved to Honolulu. Having polio did not diminish his love of physical activity, from riding bikes and playing AYSO soccer to wrestling in high school. He attended Hanahau'oli and graduated from Punahou in 1990. He then attended Chapman University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. His artistic talent was recognized at a young age by his teachers and classmates. His talent lay in free-hand sketching, with a strong ability to capture the human form. Ben worked in both the private design industry and in comic character development in Southern California. Ben stayed close with childhood friends from Hanahau'oli & Punahou and was loved in his favorite cafe and fine restaurants in the little Italy community of San Diego, where he lived for the past 15 years. He enjoyed his life and loved his family. Ben is survived by his parents, his sister Sara Fischlowitz (James T.) Davis of Honolulu, sister Elodie F. McAlister, of Connecticut; brothers Arlen (Patti) Fischlowitz of Florida, Richard (Tammy) and Robert Fischlowitz of San Diego, and very close friend Olga Keegan of San Diego, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held last February in Kaneohe. Ben's art work will be on display from 4:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. at "First Friday," March 1, 2019 at the Pegge Hopper Gallery, 1164 Nu'uanu Ave. Donations in Ben's memory may be made to Post-polio International (post-polio.org), Punahou School (a scholarship has been set up in his name), Hanahau'oli School Annual Fund, or the East County Youth Symphony (ecySymphony.com).
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased