David Beamish

David Beamish

Sunday, December 4th, 1955 - Monday, November 4th, 2019
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David Beamish died peacefully at home on Nov 4, 2019 at the age of 63 with his family by his side after a 32-month battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, David studied Civil Engineering at Carleton University. He joined the Bell telephone company after graduation and moved to Toronto, running a software development company on the side, while pursuing his passion for flying powered and unpowered (glider) aircraft in his spare time.

It was while volunteering as a gliding instructor that he met his wife of 32 years, Linda. After marrying, they decided to leave their respective professional careers to join a small distributor of testing instrumentation, with fewer than 10 employees, started by David’s father-in-law.

Over his subsequent 31-year tenure at DeFelsko Corporation, David became the General Manager and ultimately President, working tirelessly beside his wife to grow the company through consensus and relationship-building. Today, it employs over 90 employees, has distribution in nearly every country, and is a leader in the inspection equipment industry - much to David’s credit.

But David’s true passion was always his family. Despite his work commitments, he was ever present, attending events, coaching teams, and there to lend an ear or offer advice. He was a man of integrity; always patient, loving, and making quips with his infectious sense of humour. David exemplified what it is to be a great father, husband, and friend.

David’s family would like to thank his many friends who supported him throughout his illness, meeting with him for meals or drinks, driving him to appointments, and bringing happiness and joy to a man who was no longer able to do many of the things that previously fulfilled him.

A debt of gratitude is also owed to David’s fantastic medical team, including Dr. Nikhil Bhatt, Dr. Garth Nicholas, Dr. Lynn Chang, Dr. Gerry Ashe, and the Ottawa Hospital Neurosurgical team. Many thanks also to Brockville and District Palliative Care Service and Kathleen from Bayshore Home Care. They each went far beyond what was required and gave him many wonderful, quality months to spend with his family.

David is survived by his wife, Linda; his sons Michael (Jaclyn) and Paul; his grandson Henry; his mother Helen; his siblings Peter, Greg (Diane), Kevin (Kathy), Katherine, and Stephen (Lisbeth); and many beloved nieces, nephews, and relatives. He is predeceased by his father John.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Irvine Memorial Chapel at Roselawn, 2451 County Rd. 15, Maitland on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 3-7 pm. A ceremony celebrating David's life will be held in the chapel on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:30 pm with a reception to follow. In memory of David, donations to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundaton's Palliative Care unit will be gratefully appreciated. Send a condolence on the memory wall above or place a donation using the link below.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Irvine Memorial Chapel at Roselawn
    2451 County Road 15
    Maitland, ON K0E 1P0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 2:30pm
    Irvine Memorial Chapel at Roselawn
    2451 County Road 15
    Maitland, ON K0E 1P0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    Roselawn Reception Centre
    2451 County Road 15
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Cory Allen

Posted at 01:45pm
We send our condolences to the Beamish family and friends for their loss. Mr. Beamish was a recognized leader, innovator, and expert in his field of work. His work and volunteer efforts to grown our industry was greatly appreciated and respected.
Cory Allen at Vulcan Painters, Inc.

Torsten Schwarz

Posted at 01:33pm
Dear family Beamish

It is with deep regret that I send my condolences on the loss of David. He was someone who was greatly respected by me for his accomplishments and he will be alway a role model for me. What an amazing person! I am grateful to have had the privilege of knowing him.
He will be sadly missed.
My sincere condolences to you and your family.

With sympathy,


Cathy Blommesteyn

Posted at 04:39pm
Dear Linda, Paul, Michael, Jaclyn, and Henry
Ron and I were so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Ron was so pleased that he was able to see Dave and talk with him at the Farmers market. We always enjoyed his company. He was always very pleasant and a caring person. His family was very important to him. Our sincere condolences. Cathy and Ron Blommesteyn


Posted at 02:28pm
We are shocked to hear the sad news of the demise of Mr. David Beamish
The entire team of Clean Blast convey our heartfelt condolence and prey for the departed soul .

Linda Lumsden

Posted at 08:02am
Linda and Family..Bill and I want you to know you are all in our prayers. We know how hard David fought the battle and he was loved by so many. Stay strong.

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