In Celebration of

Richard Francis Beazley

June 12, 1938 -  May 15, 2017

Captain CD2, Royal Canadian Navy

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 Artie, 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.

Parati Vero Parati


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Chris (Son)

Entered May 19, 2017 from Kingston

Dad, we all miss you...more than you know.

Sondra MacLeod (Niece)

Entered May 20, 2017 from Vancouver, BC

Deepest condolences on the loss of this larger than life man. Aunt Muriel, Chris, Steve, Erin and families, may you find comfort in each other's company. Our thoughts are with you all.

Uncle Richard, thank you for your brave service for all those years. Rest easy now. Xo

Linda Murray-Herbert 

Entered May 21, 2017 from Smiths Falls

My condolences to you Muriel. We met at Broadview and ran into each other when you were visiting Richard and I my Mother, Doreen Murray. I saw Richard's picture in the memorial window at Broadview this week.
We tried to get the family support group going but only the two of us ever showed up for the meetings with Alaina.
Richard was a very accomplished person. I read the obituary in The Citizen today. I had been watching for his notice.

Dr. Jayne Patterson (Friend of Stephen)

Entered June 20, 2017 from Toronto

Steve, I am sorry for your loss. He was a father to be very proud of. I admire your dedication to your mother who is alone now. See you soon in Ottawa. Jayne

Pierre Allard (Retired Military)

Entered July 4, 2017 from Kanata

My sincere sympathies to the family.


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