Donald Beaty

Donald Beaty

Monday, May 16th, 1927 - Monday, March 8th, 2021
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At the Cornwall Community Hospital on Monday, March 8, 2021, Donald Beaty of Cornwall; age 93 years. Beloved husband of Ida Beaty (née Sharples). Loving father of Hilary Beaty (Larry Poirier). Proud grandfather of Paul Nixon and Jenni Nixon (Ryan); great-grandfather of Finley, Thadius and Aarden. Dear brother of Sheila Gartland and Iris Glendenning both of England. Predeceased by his parents Leslie Franklin Beaty and Martha Ellen Pickstone. Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 114 Main St. South, Alexandria (613-525-2772). A graveside committal of cremated remains will take place at the Kirkhill United Church in the Spring/Summer. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. As a Memorial to Donald a tree will be planted in a memory woods. A tree grows-memories live.
People remember Don as always having a joke and a smile. He grew up in the North of England and lived with his father, who owned a sweet shop in Earby. Don enjoyed music and played the clarinet and tenor saxophone in bands. Don and Ida were married on April 5, 1952 and then emigrated to Canada in 1954. His profession was that of an Electrical Engineer. They were one of many British families who came over and worked at Rolls Royce (aerospace). Even though they weren’t related, these people became one big family in Canada.
Don and Ida enjoyed vacations back to England, to the seaside in Maine and spent about 30 years of winters in Florida. Don and Ida were always envied when they floated around a dance floor. With music in his blood, it made dancing look effortless. Don also enjoyed playing golf. He was fortunate enough to play at courses in Scotland, England, Florida as well as at home.
Don and their daughter, Hilary, learned to ride horses together and that grew into such a passion, that Don and Ida bought a farm in Dalkeith to have horses and horse activities at home. Don was also a senior member of the Lake of Two Mountains Hunt club for many years. His horse, Stanley, was a great horse for the hunt. Stanley was half draft and had quite wide and solid hind quarters. Anyone who had trouble holding back their horse would fight for the position behind Don and Stanley, so they could use his but to run into to, to stop their horse.
As most people, Don enjoyed food. He also was quite a cook. Famous for his roast prime rib, it was enjoyed on many occasions, including holidays, birthdays, and hunt breakfasts. Also a favorite, was going to Chenoys’ Deli for smoked meat or Chinese Food restaurants.
Having played ‘football’ in his youth, Don liked to go and watch his two grandchildren, Paul and Jenni Nixon, playing soccer in the local leagues. He also helped out taking them to local fairs for various activities, learning to play music and dancing. He also chaperoned them on the hunt. It was quite a site to see ‘Pops’ up on Stanley and the 9 or 10 year old kids on their ponies. Don was very hand-eye coordinated and good at playing games like croquet and billiards. He always challenged the kids with these games.
In the last 10 years, Don became afflicted with dementia. So over time, his abilities and activities had diminished. In the beginning of 2020, Don and Ida were still keeping busy going to Day Away programs and activities at the Seaway Seniors club in Cornwall. Then the Covid-19virus hit the country, and It took away all their social programs. Don contracted the virus about the 23rd of February, 2021. He went to the hospital on February 28 because he fell and hit his head. The hospital tested him for Covid and it came back positive. He ended up with pneumonia from the virus and a bacterial pneumonia as well.
Donald Beaty, aka ‘Pops’, will be sorely missed. I can see him and Stanley jumping clouds in the sky. God Bless, Pops, we all love you.
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    A graveside committal of cremated remains will take place at the Kirkhill United Church in the Spring/Summer.


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Vickie and Bob Hardy

Posted at 04:22pm
Dear Ida; sending you our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Don your life partner and Hilary's dad. He will always be remembered as a kind and dear friend. His roast beefs were legendary.
We have made a donation to Alzheimer's in his memory.

Ken Hooton

Posted at 11:42am
With heartfelt condolences, Our family memories are of Ogunquit , and many Christmas Days together. You will be missed. Ken Hooton and families.
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Shirley, Lorne MacDonald and family

Posted at 07:15pm
Our very deepest sympathies to you all. “Pops” will be sorely missed, we considered him as one of the family. He’ll be fondly remembered for his easy smile, his many stories/jokes and his awesome prime roasts. We enjoyed many meals over the years with Pops as our chef and many card games with lots of laughs in Pierre Font, Dalkeith, Alexandria and Cornwall. Our thoughts and prayers are with you you all. 🙏🏼🧡🤗💛

Angus Buchan

Posted at 03:41pm
Deepest sympathy to the family
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Liz Collymore

Posted at 01:50pm
Deeply saddened to hear the news of Don's passing. Our sincere condolences to the whole family. We loved seeing Don catching some sun on the back deck and enjoyed playing darts with him at the Seniors Club - despite his age and medical conditions, he was still a great shot !
We are here for you Ida. If we can help in any way, please let us know. Liz Collymore and Mel Creary

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