Eric Graham Beatson

February 24, 1939January 21, 2021

Eric was born in “The Beaches” of Toronto to Anna and James Beatson. He spent his childhood along the shores of Lake Ontario, moving from the Beaches to Mimico and finally spending the majority of his childhood and adolescence in his beloved Lorne Park. His early life was filled with memories sailing and exploring with his brothers Jim, Jack, Bill, and Chris. He had fond memories of skating across frozen farmers’ fields in the winter on his way to school and taking the streetcar to Sunnyside Beach for swimming lessons and later, to work as a lifeguard.

Eric was a loving husband to Debbie and patient counsel and father to Erica. Eric came around to the idea of Erica’s partner, Ike, and enjoyed conversing with him and sharing a dram. He and Debbie built their life together in Cambridge and Eric established his career and company in queuing systems until his retirement. The epitome of a present parent, Eric instilled his love of water and swimming, the outdoors, and acquiring knowledge in Erica.

Eric loved cooking for friends and family. He was passionate about golf and thoroughly enjoyed improving his game. Eric along with Debbie and their longtime friends Garry and Melissa shared many adventures, traditions, and tee times.

Steadfast in his commitment to be authentically himself, he will be remembered as a rich storyteller and astute observer. His ability to quietly observe others informed the humble way in which he offered support to people in need.

Eric’s life will be honoured at a later date when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cambridge Shelter or the Cambridge Food Bank.

In Eric’s words, “end of discussion”.


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Livia MacQueen

February 1, 2021

I remember Eric fondly from the Guelph and Waterloo campuses of Conestoga College. Not only was he a regular presence in the bookstore, but he would often grace the Welcome Centre, telling us animated stories, or rolling his eyes in that endearing way that only Eric could. Week after week, I looked forward to seeing him come and entertain us with his large personality. Eric was also a true helper and graciously allowed me to occasionally schedule him as a testing proctor for Accessibility Services. He was an invaluable member of our team and of the college itself. I will truly miss his spunk and lively conversations. My sincerest condolences to his family as they grieve his loss.

~Livia MacQueen

Sherri Tryon

February 1, 2021

My condolences to Eric's family. Eric was also part of the Career Centre, a big thank-you to Eric for the numerous years and countless TOWES tests. A trusted colleague at Conestoga. You will be missed Eric

Sherri & the Career Centre team

Bob Winegar

January 28, 2021

I got to know Rick in Grade 8 at Lorne Park Elementary, where I got a second education with his observations of less-than-perfect teachers and reciting of poems where he usually had to explain the meaning. At the Christmas exchange, for instance, I gave him a special construction pencil. He gave me a key to open sardine cans. With his subtle humour and listening skills, the year passed with never a dull moment. Rick was a great guy whose memory I'll always cherish.
Condolences to Debbie, Erica and extended family in their loss.

Judy Holovy

January 28, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Eric at Conestoga College in Testing at the Cambridge Campus for many years. He was a true gentleman, a great story teller and all around great person to be with. We shared stories of the old "hood" in Etobicoke and Mississauga. I loved his easy going nature, and quick wit.

I will miss him dearly.
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Beatson, Erica and the entire family.
RIP "Boss"

Andrea Stevenson

January 28, 2021

We had the good fortune to have Eric work with us at Conestoga College in the Test Centre as an test invigilator. Our students truly benefited from his relaxed and humorous personality. Eric's quiet leadership style seemed to effortless impact those that he worked with. It seemed Eric was always in movement from one adventure to the next sharing his skills along the way.

He will be missed at Conestoga College. All our best to his family during this time.

Michael Thorne

January 26, 2021

I was Rick's neighbour across the road (Whittier Crescent) in Lorne Park Estates from '48 to '62. Back then it was just a dirt road. Growing up together as kids I remember the games of Cowboys and Indians, building forts in the bush, playing hockey on Fudgers Pond and smelt fishing on Lake Ontario .....amongst other things, with Rick. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to the family.
Mike Thorne

Amy Weiler

January 26, 2021

I have worked with Eric for the past 7 years, more recently this past Fall side by side at Conestoga College building kits. His sense of humor and quick wit could make anyone smile. Your storytelling was my favourite and I always learned something new. You may have been older, but didn't let that stop you.

I have so many memories and one liners that if anyone heared them would know it only came from you. You became a friend and will be missed greatly.

My condolences to Debbie, Erica and family.

Jessica Cook

January 25, 2021

I met Eric at Conestoga college, working in the bookstore and he was an absolute light. He made me laugh and smile every time I saw him and I was so blessed to have met him!

Adam Hustwitt

January 25, 2021

At Conestoga College Eric made my day every time I worked with him. He had a great story to share, an observation to be made, and always had a playful smile on his face. He enriched all of our lives each and everyday and I am thankful that I got to work with him for many years. Rest In Peace Eric and my thoughts are with you Debbie.

Sherry Saunders

January 25, 2021

Eric was the best boss anyone could ask for, thought me so much. Most of all loyalty and family is everything! Miss you and even though life’s had us go our separate ways you are often on my mind.

See you again some day! Thoughts and prayers to Deb,Erica and family. Sending big hugs!