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Leonard Beacham – November 18, 2021

The family of Leonard (Len) Beacham wish to announce his passing on November 18, 2021.  He will be long remembered, ever missed.

Dad was born at French Portage, Lake of the Woods, in January of 1932.  He was predeceased by his father Arthur Beacham of Norway House, Manitoba and his mother, Mary Jane (Morisseau/Sweeney) of Rainy River. Also predeceased by brothers Jim, Stanley, Ivan and Donald  (Donny); sisters Flora (Boucha) and Lorraine (Cranston). He was the last and longest lived of his generation of Beachams.  His marriage partner of 30 years, Charlotte Holm, passed away in 2017.

He remains in the hearts of his daughter Linda, granddaughters Paula and Karin (Victor) Broeders, grandson Pete (Cheyenne) Broeders as well as great granddaughters Avery, Mya and Emilia Broeders.   He was Uncle Len to many nieces and nephews living in Kenora and area, and as far away as Eastern Ontario, Northern Manitoba, and west through Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

He was also predeceased by his beloved companion Madeline Tucker of Fort Frances in 2015, and is fondly remembered by her children.  Madeline’ s grandchildren called him Grandpa.  Madeline had many grandchildren and great grandchildren, only some of whom are known to me: Brandy, Raven, Nathan, Janda, and Jake.  All of her family supported Dad in many ways in the years after she passed, and many visited with him and prayed for him in his final days at Wiigwas (Birchwood Terrace).

Dad attended the one-room school at French Portage, then Central School and Lakewood Secondary in Kenora.

He began his young working life as a guide, and commercial fisherman on Lake of the Woods. He trained and became the assistant bookkeeper at Kenora Fish Market for several years.  Eventually he worked in construction, and was a member of Local 759 Iron Workers out of Thunder Bay for many years until his retirement.  He worked on many projects throughout Northwestern Ontario (including Darlington Bay bridge and the original Holiday Inn here in Kenora), and Dad had stories to tell!  If all those old iron workers get together in heaven, the place is going to be lively!  Dad was well known for his sense of humour, and was recommended for at least one job placement because he was always highly skilled, diligent, and “cheerful” on the job site. Direct quote here:  “Hire Beacham!  He’s good for morale!”

In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, but as he aged, he became acutely aware of the preciousness of all life.  He would kill nothing.  He fed everybody: birds, chipmunks, and “his” deer.  He loved kids.  “Mr. B” could always be counted on to fix a kid’s bike, a wagon, or a broken toy. And he bought Freezies by the box, and doled them out freely to any kid who showed up at his house.  He was a wonderful Grandpa and Great Grandpa to many.

Gichi Miigwech to all the staff and residents at Wiigwas for the care and the honour shown him in his last days.  He will be missed, fondly remembered by so many, family and friends.

As per Dad’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.  Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of his almost 90 years of life on this earth will take place this coming summer when distant-living family will be able to attend.

Rest in peace, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Len.