BEACH, Harold Norman, Dr. 1 2
- Born: 7 Dec 1912, Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada 1
- Marriage: DELACOURT, Patricia Marie on 25 Oct 1952 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 1
- Died: 1 Apr 2015, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada aged 102 1
Cause of his death was pneumonia.1
Facts and details for Dr. Harold Norman Beach:
• His obituary was published in the Globe and Mail on 22 Apr 2015. It read as folllows:
After a brief illness, peacefully, of pneumonia, in Toronto, on April 1, 2015, at the age of 102. Predeceased by his beloved wife Pat (nee Delacourt) and survived by his son Norman (Gloria), Harold lived a long, full and very active life, celebrating his 100th birthday by playing the trombone and dancing. He was born in Winchester, Ontario, graduated in Dentistry from the University of Toronto, served overseas in the Canadian Dental Corps in World War II, and practised in Ottawa, where he retired after 50 years of service, including positions as first registrar of the National Dental Examining Board and President of the Ontario Dental Association. He treasured his relationships with family, colleagues, neighbours, church friends and fellow sailors. The family thanks them all for their love and support over many years, with a special thank-you to the staff at Amica Westboro Park, Amica Bayview Gardens, The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus, North York General Hospital, and his dedicated primary caregivers Marelyn Hyman and Ruth Churgin. We will celebrate his life on Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto and on Sunday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Operation Smile, the David Suzuki Foundation, Dominion-Chalmers United Church or Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. 2
• His obituary was published in the Globe and Mail on 23 Sep 2015. It read as follows:
Harold's mother, Emma Jean, was born on a farm practically in the shade of the first McIntosh apple tree, which had been cultivated by her great-uncle, John McIntosh. Harold's father, Norman, was born in a dirt-floored cabin in a place known locally as Hellgate Swamp, but eventually became manager of a sash-and-door factory in Winchester, a small community south of Ottawa.
As a boy, Harold wandered the factory, tutored by the woodworkers and machinists, whose occasional missing fingers attested to cruel lessons learned at the blade of a circular saw. On the roof, he secretly built what he thought would be a glider. His father discovered it, averting both the glider's inaugural flight, and Harold's premature death.
Dreams of flight were followed by dreams of architecture. However, when enrolling at the University of Toronto as the Great Depression began, Harold decided dentistry would be a more practical career choice. After graduation, he began practising in the Ottawa Valley but work was scarce in hard times. He was once paid with a bag of carrots.
When the Second World War broke out in 1939, he enlisted in the Canadian Dental Corps and served in Holland and Italy, where he contracted malaria and hepatitis, resulting in a near-death experience which solidified his Christian faith and led to a lifetime of unwavering moral principle. He was joined in this by his wife Pat, whom he met in Ottawa and wed in 1952, a union that lasted until her death in 2011.
Harold had a long professional career in Ottawa, serving as president of the Ontario Dental Association and retiring in 1987 after 50 years of practice.
He had a passion for sailing and placed second in an international yacht race between Quebec and Charlottetown when he was 71. He was never too old to start something new, whether it was jogging in his 60s, cycling in his 70s, or learning to play trombone in his 90s. On his 100th birthday, he danced with many partners, his only regret being that Pat, the love of his life, was no longer with him. Determined to stay active, he continued practising with the New Horizons Band at his church, and walking the treadmill and lifting weights at the YMCA.
Harold was a lifelong home handyman who undertook his most remarkable project in his 90s. Beginning with two barrels set up under an eavestrough, he assembled a water recovery system of 10 interconnected 50-gallon drums ringing the house on three sides; he stopped only when his daughter-in-law, a real estate agent, advised him that putting water barrels in front of the house would diminish the property value.
Having correctly predicted that water would become the blue gold of this century, he was also ahead of the curve on energy conservation and bought one of the early-model Prius hybrid cars at 91. At 100, he was still driving it, living in his own home and walking without a cane.
He took an active interest in current affairs, frequently expressing concern about the world that future generations would inherit. After two years of declining health, however, he told his caregiver that it was time to "go see Pat." A brief illness followed, and he was on his way. 1
Harold married Patricia Marie DELACOURT, daughter of Arthur DELACOURT and Marjorie STEWART, on 25 Oct 1952 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada.1 (Patricia Marie DELACOURT was born in 1929 3 and died on 9 Sep 2011 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 1.)
They were married at St. Matthew's Anglican Church.