Vicente Mendiola Cing Jr. fondly known as Ben Kadi was born February 11, 1966 to the late †Vicente Cing Sr. and †Cecilia Mendiola Cing. He departed this life on July 21,2021 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Raeford, North Carolina.
Ben grew up on the island of Tinian with his parents and 10 siblings. His siblings remember him best as a kid that was always exploring and looking for his next adventure. They recall him as being caring, and that he would often check on them after getting them in trouble. Ben moved to Boise Idaho in 1981 to attend Boise High School. Many that knew him are reminded of his charismatic character, and willingness to help others. Ben loved sports, he could be found playing pickup games after school or with his late brother †Raynaldo hunting and fishing and Fridays after school. Ben graduated and received his high school diploma in 1984. After Graduating Ben moved back to Tinian to work for Pacific Island Aviation and Community Cultural Affairs, before pursing his passion as a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician.
In the Spring of 1986, Ben's older sister Angie invited Manuela (Lela) Aquiningoc to the Easter Dance where she played "Chiliguagua" or matchmaker to Ben. Without a doubt Ben and Lela fell for each other that day. Since Lela was still going to high school in Guam they communicated and kept in touch through love letters. Lela reminisces falling for him fast, "He was such a gentleman, very sweet and caring, he just made it easy," she says. Lela's earliest memories with Ben were of him coming to the gas station where she worked. He would visit at least seven times a day just to "get gas" but really it was just to see Lela. They would spend most of their time with each other going on fishing and hunting adventures. They tied the knot in April of 1988 at San Jose (Tinian) Parish. Lela and Ben have always supported each other in all they did, still referring to each other as their (BFF's) up until this day
Ben found his burning passion and continued his selfless act of service by pursuing a career in Firefighting and EMT. Ben attended Guam Community College where he received his associates degree in Fire Science and Graduated the 13th Fire Cycle class of 1992. Ben served for 20 years at the Tinian Fire Department of Public Safety. His coworkers recall Ben always bringing a spirit of fun and laughter into the workplace and afterhours. Ben's untiring devotion and countless efforts to ensure the safety of his community was something he took pride in. As a result, Ben had the honor of being awarded the Hometown Hero Award and Employee of the Year Award, among his numerous awards and accolades.
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