Soldier with Lake George roots killed in Afghanistan combat

"Ben was a really good kid," McCoy said. "He volunteered to serve his country, and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for us all."

Lobster Pot owner and Town Councilman Scott Wood said Osborn had a good work ethic and related well to his customers - as well as enjoying camaraderie with his co-workers, many of whom were fellow graduates.

"Ben was a nice kid with an easygoing, friendly personality - he jumped right in talking with people having dinner or at the bar," Wood said. "Ben went overseas and he was dedicated to fighting for freedom -and you have to have a lot of respect for those who do that."

Lake George High School Principal Francis Cocozza said that the school district's staff remembered Osborn fondly, and he predicted the entire community and Warren County will be honoring Osborn according to his family's wishes.

"We as a school, village and community are mourning the loss of one of our own," he said.

Authorities said Friday that Osborn's body would probably be flown Monday to Glens Falls, and that a funeral would likely occur here next week, but arrangements weren't yet finalized.

Lake George Village Mayor Bob Blais noted the proliferation of signs around Lake George honoring Osborn, and how people all over town were talking about the loss of Ben.

Blais said that municipal officials were standing by to confer with the family to decide what type of ceremony or observance was appropriate.

"This is a tragedy that effects all of us - it makes no difference if citizens knew him or not, we all feel his service to the nation should be recognized."

Around the village, a dozen or more marquees proclaimed messages on Osborn's behalf.

The sign in front of Mario's read: "Rest in Peace Fallen Soldier Ben Osborn." A marquee at The Georgian proclaimed, "You will be missed, Ben Osborn." Nearby at the Surfside Motel, their sign said, "Our thoughts are with you, Osborn family." A message of "Rest in Peace" was displayed at the Lake George Chamber of Commerce, Super 8 Motel, the Holly Tree Motel, Adventure Golf, Quality Inn, Duffy;s Tavern, The Lobster Pot, and Super 8 Motel. Lake Motel offered three words, "God Bless Ben."

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