It is with heavy hearts, that the family of David Michael Beech announce his passing. Dave passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and loved ones, on September 25th at the age of 63 after battling cancer.
Dave was the deeply-loved husband to Mary; devoted father to Jeff (Kelly), Kevin, and Lisa (Matt); loving grandpa to Ava, Audrey, Jacob, and Liam; cherished son to Joan and Melvin and father-in-law Erwin; dear brother to Deb (Charlie), Steve (Laurie), Cindy (Rory) and sisters-in-law Janet and Doris (Will). He was predeceased by his infant son Thomas David and mother-in-law Mary. He will also be missed by a number of nieces and nephews.
Dave was born on March 2nd, 1959 to parents Joan and Melvin Beech. He attended East Elgin High School in Aylmer, and then went on to St. Clair College in Windsor. Dave married the love of his life, Mary, soon after college. They first met in grade two and were married for 42 years.
Dave joined the Hamilton Police Service in 1987 and served for 30 years before retiring in 2017. Some of his roles included being a Team leader in the ERU (Emergency Response Unit) and Detective Sergeant of Homicide. He was a mentor and a major influence in the careers of many officers.
Dave was very athletic and played many sports through the years, including hockey, golf, tennis, basketball, baseball, football, and curling. He started refereeing hockey when he was a teenager in Aylmer. He continued reffing for almost 50 years, spanning over 6 decades. In his younger years, Dave was an avid runner, having completed 2 marathons and competed in Sprint triathlons.
When Dave wasn’t putting bad guys behind bars or in the box for 2 minutes, you could find him on the golf course. He was a proud and enthusiastic member of the Brantford Golf and Country Club. Since retirement, he spent 6 months of the year golfing. Dave took pride in sharing his love of golf with his grandchildren. He captained the men’s league golf team, ran football pools, and organized large golf trips with friends.
Dave loved to spend time with family and was a very proud father and grandpa. He was always there to watch, support and cheer on his children and grandchildren. He took pride in all their accomplishments. One of Dave’s greatest joys was playing with his grandchildren and was adored by them. When it came to the grandchildren, “no” was not in grandpa’s vocabulary.
Dave loved to travel with Mary. His love for travelling most likely started when he spent a year in Australia as a Rotary exchange student. Dave and Mary have travelled all over the world, even completing a retirement bucket list trip to Africa.
Dave had many friends that enriched his life and whom he cherished. He loved games nights, travelling, and playing golf with them. He will be missed by many and not forgotten.
The Beech family would like to thank all the medical staff at Juravinski Hospital for their great care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dave’s honour to the Juravinski Cancer Center.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Dave on Sunday, October 2, 2022 between 1:00 and 5:00pm at the Charing Cross Reception Suites, 55 Charing Cross Street in Brantford. Eulogy at 3:30pm.