ARGUS COMMENT: Sleep tight, Ben - we all miss you

ARGUS COMMENT: Sleep tight, Ben - we all miss you

ARGUS COMMENT: Sleep tight, Ben - we all miss you

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ONE of the sad duties of a newspaper is to report tragedies.

Some of us have done so hundreds of times, but it is never an easy task.

Today it has been harder than ever.

Ben Caplan was our friend and colleague. He had been a well-loved member of our staff for more than a decade.

When he went missing shortly before Christmas many, many people helped in the search for him.

Everything that could have been done to find Ben was done.

Eventually, it became obvious to everyone that Ben had entered the River Usk in Caerleon on the night he went missing last month and there would be no happy ending to this story.

Yesterday evening a body was found and today came confirmation that it was Ben.

It would be impossible to thank individually every person who helped in the search for Ben. But we thank you all.

We have lost a dear friend and colleague and it hurts like hell.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben's widow Danielle, their children, and all of his family and friends.

Sleep tight, mate. We all miss you.

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2:27pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mrs z setterlund says...

Thoughts and prayers are with Bens family and loved ones at this sad time. May you find strength at last now you are able to grieve xx
Thoughts and prayers are with Bens family and loved ones at this sad time. May you find strength at last now you are able to grieve xx mrs z setterlund
  • Score: 28

2:47pm Fri 31 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

Such a sad story for everyone.
Such a sad story for everyone. DavidMclean
  • Score: 19

2:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Lockjoe says...

Heartfelt sympathies to you all. RIP Ben.
Heartfelt sympathies to you all. RIP Ben. Lockjoe
  • Score: 15

4:00pm Fri 31 Jan 14

russ angel says...

I'm not surprised by the outcome after all this time,but it doesn't change the fact that I am deeply sad,and my love goes out to the family and friends of Ben.
I'm not surprised by the outcome after all this time,but it doesn't change the fact that I am deeply sad,and my love goes out to the family and friends of Ben. russ angel
  • Score: 17

4:50pm Fri 31 Jan 14

carol sw says...

our hearts go out to everyone at this sad time good bless you all .
our hearts go out to everyone at this sad time good bless you all . carol sw
  • Score: 12

6:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Nivage says...

Being a bus driver i've chatted to Ben a few times in the past. He was one of those people that made the job alot more cheery. RIP Ben.
Being a bus driver i've chatted to Ben a few times in the past. He was one of those people that made the job alot more cheery. RIP Ben. Nivage
  • Score: 16

11:30pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Welshchief says...

So sorry to hear this, my condolences go out to Danielle and the children, as well as Ben's wider family, colleagues and friends. May the peace and comfort of The Lord be with them, now and always. RIP Ben.
So sorry to hear this, my condolences go out to Danielle and the children, as well as Ben's wider family, colleagues and friends. May the peace and comfort of The Lord be with them, now and always. RIP Ben. Welshchief
  • Score: 12

11:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mintex says...

God Bless you Ben Caplan.
God Bless you Ben Caplan. mintex
  • Score: 5

1:46pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Fearing the worse scenario when I first heard about him gone missing before Xmas, was hoping some good that he would be there with his family, but sadly it was not to be.. A very sad time and my thoughts, condolences go out to Ben's widow Danielle, their children, family and friends.
RIP Ben.
Fearing the worse scenario when I first heard about him gone missing before Xmas, was hoping some good that he would be there with his family, but sadly it was not to be.. A very sad time and my thoughts, condolences go out to Ben's widow Danielle, their children, family and friends. RIP Ben. Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 5

5:50pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Julesxx says...

Deepest thoughts go out to Ben's family and all his colleagues,such a sad ending.
Deepest thoughts go out to Ben's family and all his colleagues,such a sad ending. Julesxx
  • Score: 6

10:11am Sun 2 Feb 14

caplanwr says...

To all of you good folk out there that have offered messages of sympathy and condolances, on behalf of all our family members.............
...Thank you!
To all of you good folk out there that have offered messages of sympathy and condolances, on behalf of all our family members............. ...Thank you! caplanwr
  • Score: 9

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