Sadly but peacefully, surrounded by family on May 15, 2017 at Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital after a brief illness. Born June 12, 1938 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, son of Marjorie Oakley and Richard W. Beazley. Beloved husband of Muriel Kelly for 58 years, loving father of Christopher and Jane, Stephen, and Erin and Scott. Doting Grandpa of Lauren and Claire. Also Survived by sister Joan MacLeod, brothers Barry Beazley and Doreen and Gregory Beazley and Ella, brother-in-law Dennis, sister-in-law Margo, numerous cousins especially cherished cousins Rosalind and Arty, by his Uncle Carl and Aunt Betty and nieces and nephews Brian, Sondra, Shawn, John, Christine, Iris, Leslie, Cathy, Mike, Tom, David, Donna, Peter and Paul. Predeceased by brother Brian, sister Judy, niece Michelle, brother-in-law Ashley, brother-in-law Leslie, nephew Tim, sister-in-law Patricia, sister-in-law Tonia and many aunts and uncles.
In 1955 at age 17, Richard joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an Armourer (a proud group), progressed through the ranks to Chief Warrant Officer and accepted his commission to the rank of Captain (Air) in 1987. At the time of his retirement as an Aeronautical Engineer 38 years later, Richard was a Range Safety Inspector ensuring that proper safety practices were developed, implemented and observed on domestic and international military installations.
“A truly dedicated individual whose high caliber of standards has affected us all in a positive way…” – The Armourers, Canadian Forces Air Command Headquarters; as noted upon Richard’s retirement.
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ron Levy and the nurses and PSWs in the Intensive Care Unit and in the Acquired Brain Injury Department at Kingston General Hospital; the nurses and volunteers at Great War Memorial Hospital in Perth; the care providers at Broadview Nursing Centre; and the nurses and care providers at Smiths Falls Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Blood Services or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Richard’s life, burial and reception will take place at Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa at 1100 hours on Saturday, July 15, 2017 with a portion of Richard’s ashes to be preserved and scattered on Halibut Bay, Nova Scotia at a later date.
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