OBITUARY

William Bill Beckingham Q.C.

August 28, 1924November 2, 2012

William (Bill) Beckingham Q.C., with his family by his side, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 2, 2012 following a courageous battle with vascular dementia. Irene, his ever-loving wife of 58 years, his five children, Michele (Andreas), Charles (Celyne), Anne (Tom), Louise (Michael) and David (Beverly), his sister Ruth and seven grandchildren survive him. Born August 28, 1924 in Victoria and raised in Metchosin, BC, William left school early in Grade 11 to work for several years on CPR’s Princess Victoria. From 1942 to 1945, he served as petty officer in the Royal Canadian Navy (R.C.N.V.R.). In 1947, William continued his formal education studying mechanical engineering at Victoria College and then in 1953, graduated from UBC Law School.

After being called to the Bar, William established his law firm, Beckingham & Company in Port Alberni where he practiced general law for 50+ years before leaving the practice to his son, Charles. A dedicated and gifted lawyer, William’s outstanding contribution to the field of law was recognized by appointment to the Federal Queen’s Council and Gold Award from the British Columbia Bar Society.

Exceptionally well-read, William’s keen mind, natural leadership qualities and unfaltering commitment to social justice resulted in several prominent, elected appointments including Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce President, Port Alberni Harbour Commissioner and District 70 School Trustee.

An outdoorsman at heart, Bill was passionate about being near the ocean and he loved to fish and boat at every opportunity. He deeply appreciated nature and over the latter part of his life dedicated himself to gardening and the study of local wildlife, especially birds.

Above all passions and obsessions, Bill loved his family and there was nothing that pleased him more than to have them all around him.

Bill’s seven grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as Grandpa Beach, will always treasure his love of life and family, sense of humor and bold, energetic spirit. His wife and children will carry with them fond memories of Bill’s excellent home-cooking, baked goods, tireless thirst for knowledge and visions of him puttering in the garden at his beach-front home in Qualicum -- his favorite place on earth.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m., Chapel of Memories, 4005 Sixth Avenue, Port Alberni, B.C. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Bread of Life Centre www.thebreadoflife.ca (Port Alberni, B.C.).

Services

  • Service of Remembrance Saturday, November 10, 2012
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William Bill Beckingham Q.C.

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Alan Walrond

December 21, 2012

To the Beckingham Family, my condolences as I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Bill Beckingham was the consummate Gentleman. He always took a genuine interest in you when you talked with him. He made you feel like a long lost friend.

Richie Speidel

December 5, 2012

I remember Bill fondly for his robust laughter and his wonderful way of making me and others always welcome at his home whether in Port Alberni or Qualicum. What a friendly and caring life he lived. With deepest condolences sent out to the entire family, but especially to my old buddy Charles. Our prayers are with you dear folk.

Heather Armstrong

November 17, 2012

To all of the Beckingham families--Uncle Bill was an amazing man--growing up as neighbours and friends and having your home as a second home--Bill and Irenes door was always open and as children we spent alot of time with you in Port and Quallicum and for that he was an Uncle to me. This process of life is very sad as we say goodbye to our mentors, to those who made us who we are today. With Love and the greatest respect for all of you. Heather McGifford Armstrong

Jim and Christine Campbell

November 11, 2012

It is with regret we must extend our condolences to the Beckingham family. Bill was a good friend to our family and will most certainly be missed. We'll be sure to tip a glass to honor his memory during this Rememberence Day weekend.

daphne smith

November 10, 2012

Irene, Anne, Louise, Michelle, Charles and David.
Keep all your best memories close to your heart as the rest of us who knew him will do as well.
Bill had a huge impact on my life. He always made me feel so welcome in your home. He was always candid and let you know what he thought whether you liked it or not. I have tremendous memories growing up as friends and neighbors of your terrific family. Summers spent at the beach were the best of times and something I looked forward to year after year. Good Bye Bill. I hope there is great fishing in heaven. Love Daphne

Pete and Alice Chiko

November 10, 2012

To Irene,Michele, Charles, Louise, David and Anne,
Since the day Bill knocked on our door in 1959 welcoming us to the neighborhood we have been neighbours and friends. Our families grew up together and we have many fond memories from those years. Through good times and bad we have had your friendship and support. Bill loved life and most times spent with him became an adventure. Thank you for your years of friendship as our remembrance and love are with you. Pete ,Alice and Brian Chiko

Beth Paulson (Odgers)

November 9, 2012

On behalf of the Odgers Family I wish to extend our deepest condolences to all of you.

Kim Gauthier

November 9, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time, as a little girl growing up I spent many many hours and days with all of you Uncle Bill always made me feel so welcome I felt just like I was part of the family. Hugs to Auntie Irene Michelle Charles Anne Louise and David

Tammy-lynn Werner

November 9, 2012

My warmest condolences to the Beckingham family . Uncle Bill you will be forever remembered but deeply missed.

November 8, 2012

Our friend and neighbour Bill has gone to Heaven.We met in the Kinsmen Club and enjoyed many social occasions. Always a kidder, maybe he will finally be able to play the bagpipes in Heaven, something he threatened to do in the alley behind our house, just to get my goat! He was a great pal,a good raconteur, and he will be missed. Our condolences to Irene and the family. Stay strong.
Les & Vivian McMillan,(Pitt Meadows,B.C.)