Bea, you were the best travel companion. Quick with a laugh, observant of the absurd and always ready to roll. You and Dave and I had numerous road trips together, to Montreal, Kingston, Peterborough, Stratford, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-th-Lake, Guelph, Manitoulin Island, etc.etc. We drove to and from Florida together countless times, all three of us taking turns at the wheel.
You and I flew together to Fredericton and Los Angeles, our last flying trip together was to Vancouver when you were 90! We had many good meals in all different types of restaurants in all different places. We always shared the driving and we always had good laughs. On our last trip by air to Vancouver you discovered The Water Street Café, which you enjoyed so much you suggested we have our last meal in Vancouver there. When I was ill and we were flying to Las Vegas, you pushed me through Pearson Airport in a wheelchair for nearly a kilometre! You were a determined lady and game for anything! We travelled by plane, train, bus and car. We've been swimming and hiking and climbing, we've tramped through woods, across beaches, along cobbled streets, we climbed hills, we even went up mountains in chair lifts and we walked many, many shopping malls. We always had a good time.
Even in the last few years while you were not a well person, you were game for a drive somewhere, even if it was just to get an ice cream and you enjoyed it all.
To say you will be missed is an understatement. There is a very empty space now that no one else can fill. You were one of the best, certainly one of the best people I ever met. You were my friend, a mentor, a travel companion, a very special person. Now you are on a new voyage, I am sure you will still be laughing and still observing the absurd.
I have fond memories of the many many hours and days I spent with your family while i was growing up. 20 Mcarthur St was my second home, and you happily (usually) put up with all of our teenage mayhem. Rest in peace Mrs.M
Bea was a great lady! Always laughing and always looking her best with matching outfits and painted nails!
As a kid, our family would get together with hers, for a weekend meal, or a New Years celebration! If Bea were in a room, there was always plenty of laughter. She was not only quick witted herself, but also enjoyed a good joke or belly laugh.
Bea, you were very much loved and you will be equally missed.
Rest in peace Bea, until we meet again!
Gwen, Janice Audrey and Mel.
It was only 5 years ago in 2015 when the onset of dementia introduced me to Bea and her family. She had just lost her driver's license and was adjusting to living in Newmarket. It was very clear that Bea liked getting out... just to drive around, to eat at a restaurant, to people watch, to socialize. Always a snappy dresser with her hair and makeup to match, tiny Bea quickly filled the room when she attended our day program. Sue, Peter and Jeff were familiar faces at our center for a few years. When Bea's care needs required her move to long term care, her presence at the center was missed by all. Sadly in this line of work we are not afforded the privileged of knowing our clients at their best. But despite her declining health, there was no mistaking Bea was a lighthearted, outgoing and determined socialite. These qualities were never lost. It has always been my pleasure to support Bea and the wonderful family she leaves behind. My sincerest condolences.