Alec Zealand Beasley

November 21, 1921January 28, 2018

BEASLEY, Alec Zealand Nov. 21, 1921 – Jan. 28, 2018 In his 97th year, a World War II Veteran and a fifth generation resident of the City of Hamilton, being great-great-great grandson of Colonel Richard Beasley, a first settler who died in 1842, and a great-great grandson of Captain Edward Zealand, a mariner who sailed with Lord Nelson and who died in 1869, killed by a runaway heifer on James Street North. He practiced law in Hamilton as a sole practitioner from 1947 to 2012, having attended Hillfield private boy’s school, Stinson Street public school, Central Collegiate, McMaster University and Osgood Hall. Predeceased by his wife, Anne, nee Williamson, to whom he was constantly devoted to, from their marriage on September 5, 1952 to her death on November 5, 1997. Loving father of Fred (Brenda) in Calgary, Alberta, Peter (Melody) in Oakville and Barbara (Gerry) in Ucluelet, B.C. Predeceased by his brother, Jim, and sister Ann Clements, and sister-in-law, Jane Brown and her sons, David and Michael, and her daughter, Susan Stuart. Survived by his brother, David, in Simcoe, and nephew, Warren Clements and niece Rebecca Clements, in Toronto and Jane Brown’s daughter, Janeanne Cumming in West Australia and many distant relatives and friends including his faithful bookkeeper, Marylou Donald. Greatly missed by his beloved friend, Kay Woods. A life member of the Upper Canada Law Society and the Hamilton Law Association, and a member of Christ’s Church Cathedral, The Zeta Psi Fraternity (Theta Xi ’47), the United Empire Loyalists, St. George’s Benevolent Society, the Tamahaac Club, Thistle Club and the Hamilton Tennis Club. Special thank you to the caregivers at Chartwell Lakeshore Place for looking after our Dad for the past few years. At his request a private family service and burial have taken place. Flowers, gifts, and letters are gratefully declined. On-line condolences may be made at


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February 24, 2018

Dear Fred and Peter
Your Dad was a personal favourite of Joannie's and mine. That winning smile and consistant positive and humourous personality always delighted all who knew him. We shall never play tennis without thinking of Alec and the pleasure the game gave him (as long as he always had 3 balls in his possession to serve)!!
We hope you both are doing well and you are happy Dad did so well for so long!
All our best,
Joannie and Laird

Kris & Terry Dubois

February 13, 2018

Peter, sorry to hear this about your dad. Terry & I send our condolences to you & your family. We will see you & Melody soon.

Shirley Naismith

February 12, 2018

Deepest sympathies to the Beasley family for their loss. Alec was a long time member of the St. George's Benevolent Society of Hamilton, and we have many fond memories of him. It was a great honour to know him.

Libby Simpson

February 9, 2018

Fred, Peter and Barbara,
Our families have a long connection.
Dad(Fred) had many a tennis match with Alec.
I knew both your parents well and met them playing tennis at the Tamahaac and at the Cathedral.
What a wonderful man with a long and blessed life!
I know how hard it is to lose a parent and our hearts go out to you.
He was well thought of and will be remembered.
Many happy memories!
Much love from the Simpson family
Submitted by Libby

February 7, 2018

Deepest sympathies to the Beasley family in this loss--Mr. Beasley was a great help to us in a legal difficulty we had, kind and competent. We remember him with respect and gratitude.

Wendy Graham Sherwood

February 5, 2018

We have fond memories of visits in Southampton where we have a cottage and the Beasley family would come to Southampton, sometimes renting a cottage or staying with the Wright's. We would often see Alec , all around Southampton taking his daily walk -- deep in thought. He will be missed. My sympathies to the family.

Malcolm Graham

February 5, 2018

Alec was my parents' lawyer as well as along with his wife a good friend of my parents. He will be missed. My condolences to the family

Jonathan Fairbanks

February 5, 2018

My father, Ted Fairbanks, who was your father's law partner in the early 1960's always spoke highly of him. I used to see your father going to his law office on a weekly basis. He was definitely a fixture in the Hamilton law community. My sympathies to your family.

Kim Johnston

February 4, 2018

Your father was a friend of my parents Tom and Patricia Wright. My husband and I attend the Cathedral and remember both of your parents. I also had the privilege of meeting your grandmother Beasley who was a good friend of my Grandmother, Mrs. F.A.Gates(Phyllis)
Our sympathies to you and your family.
Michael and Kim Johnston