November 23, 1916 to October 21, 2003
After a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, Samuel Ewen Beaton passed away in Vernon, B.C. Sam was raised on a farm on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. It was here that began his love for the outdoors and a deep interest in all living creatures. Sam married Iris in 1940 and served in WWII as airforce mechanic. After the war, he completed a Bachelor of Agriculture and farmed in Sask. for a number of years while Iris and he raised 4 children. In 1969, Sam completed a B.Ed. and continued a teaching career which was to span 23 years, while continuing to manage their farm. Sam had a delightful sense of humor, keen curiosity, and great wisdom and patience with young and old. He and Iris, a fellow teacher, retired in 1979, and soon moved to the Okanagan. The beautiful valley deeply appealed to the naturalist in Sam. Here he enjoyed hiking, hunting, and fishing. He was a skilled handyman and gardener and enjoyed the challenge of perfecting homes they bought, inside and out. He also loved music, played guitar, mandolin and banjo, and sang in various choirs. In later years, he enjoyed bowling and continued to be an avid reader and a student of world events and the environment. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Iris; one son Brenton (Evelyn) of Saskatoon; 3 daughters Donna (Jim) of Calgary, Beverly of Portland, Oregon, and Heather of Halifax; 6 grandchildren Trevor and Shelley, Ian and Katherine, and James & Adam; one great grandchild Julia, and by one sister Ellen of Napanee, ON, and one brother Norman (Lillian) of Summerland, BC. We wish to deeply thank all those at Orchard Valley Seniors’ Residence, who made Sam’s last year such a happy one, and all the doctors and nurses involved in his care. A Memorial celebrating Sam’s life will be held December 7 at 11 AM at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Rd., Vernon, BC, (250) 542-4333 for all who wish to attend. Friends who wish to may make memorial contributions to the Canadian or BC Wildlife Federation.