REMEMBERING DEREK WILLIAM BEAVAN
Derek entered our world on Dec 12th 1933 in Upney Essex in the middle of the Great Depression. He spent his younger years in Elephant & Castle, London along with his elder sister Pamela (who has recently predeceased him). When the 2nd World War started in 1939 the family had moved to Tulse Hill Estates, Brixton, London where his father worked as a Transport Driver. Once the Blitz began in 1940, his mother & sister were evacuated to Tiverton, Devon and were hosted at Exley House, the estate of Lord & Lady Hood. This was the highlight of his childhood and his first experience of enjoying the beautiful English countryside and nature at its finest. After 2 years, they returned to London but were evacuated once again in 1943 to avoid the Flying Bombs (V1’s) and stayed in various rental homes shared by other families. A year later they returned to London which was still being bombarded by flying bombs and rockets and many a night was spent in a bomb shelter which Derek, at age 11 found quite exciting, but terrified his mother & sister. In 1945, he started at Bec Grammar School – coincidently now called Bevan College!
He was called up into the Army in 1952 for his National Service. After 6 weeks of basic training he was posted to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) to recruit Africans into the Rhodesian Army. He drove and maintained the army trucks. This was another highlight for Derek, because he lived in the African Bush for weeks on end, most nights sleeping in his truck. He traveled through and experienced much of unspoiled Africa before it became a “tourist” haven. Once his 2 year service was completed, he returned to London and worked as a Sales Rep selling Art Supplies and traveled throughout England, Scotland & Wales.
In 1956 he immigrated to Canada once again working in the art supplies business with the whole of Eastern Canada as his territory. He joined the Canadian Youth Hostel where he met his first wife Sandy and they were married in 1959. In 1962, he joined Sunkist Growers of California as a Field Rep in their Canadian Head Office in Toronto.
Their daughter Kimberly Elise was born in August of 1963 and she was joined by Jonathan in 1966. When Jon was a month old, Sunkist transferred Derek to Vancouver which he felt was the best move ever!! They bought a house in Delta on 112 th & 92A, which remains as the “family home” having seen 2 generations and now the third generation Eilidh(3) & London(10 months), who enjoy visiting the home where their grandparents and parents were raised.
In 1967, Derek helped form the North Delta Lions Club as a charter Member and eventually President. His job at Sunkist involved traveling throughout BC and Alberta and on occasion to California. In 1975 he joined Reckitt & Coleman and continued to serve the Food Industry as a Sales Rep.
His career took many twists and turns between 1978 and 1986 with a variety of jobs but eventually he was employed as General Manager of Sales & Manufacturing in a Plastics Injection Molding company. He worked there until the business was closed down and premises sold in 2006 – and at the age of 73 was finally fully retired.
He and Phyllis continued their travel adventures and one of the recent highlights was South America where they visited Chile, Argentina & Brazil and the Amazon. His health declined in 2011 and traveling became impossible. They did however still enjoy the cabin and local trips. The family gatherings towards the end of Derek’s life were precious and treasured – Kim & Shawn have been instrumental planning very happy family times frequently. We felt blessed having a family that was so close, caring and loving….and for Derek that meant everything.
Rest gently Derek— until we meet again...
MESSAGE FROM KIM
Dad : Even though we have always lived so many miles away, we have always sent thoughts for good health for you. We are so sad to have to say goodbye, there is never enough time. We love you. Jon, Donna, Bre-Anna, Brandon, Larissa, Sandy and Frederick.
Native American Prayer
I give you this one thought to keep
I’m with you still —I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone—
I am with you still —in each new dawn.
No tribute to Derek would be complete without portraying his keen sense of fun that was front-centre at Christmas, Halloween and at the Anglo Indian Recreational Club shows...