Photo by Nancy Beaton.
About 5 years ago, I was introduced to Richard Beaton by his daughter, and my good friend, Nancy. They came by our office and I was immediately taken aback by his friendliness and warmth. Richard and Marilyn were a formidable team of good cheer and it was at that moment that I realized where Nancy got many of her special qualities. I was lucky enough to share a few dinners and drinks with them over a couple more of their visits to Montreal. Whenever I visited St. John’s I always made it a point of calling the Beatons so that we could have lunch or brunch and I could enjoy their company.
If there is any story that I can tell that will demonstrate the kind of person Richard was, it was our time spent on my first visit to St. John’s. Hearing that I was coming for my first visit ever, Richard insisted on picking me up at the airport. He also insisted that we come back to his house for dinner. This was something that I completely didn’t expect.
2 days later, he then took a full day out of his time to drive me, my friend Anne and my 2 brothers on as extensive a tour of the Avalon Peninsula as he could muster. He was as proud an ambassador that Newfoundland could find.
The next time I visit St. John’s, my time there will be just a little bit less interesting without Richard’s company. He will be missed dearly.