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Hilton George Beach
January 27, 1938 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Hilton Beach was born in Craik, Saskatchewan in January of 1938 and passed away on December 17, 2023 in hospital in Medicine Hat at the age of 85. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Diane Beach; sons David (Brenda)Beach of Calgary, their children Jenna (Chance) Burgess of Calgary, and Ian Beach of Vancouver B.C. Darren Beach (Tracy Sterling) of Medicine Hat, his children Kolbi Beach (Maddison Janus) of Medicine Hat and Reid Beach (Logan Gechter) of Edmonton, AB. Trevor Beach of Lyon, France and his children Erik Beach (Clara Collam) of Calgary and Katelyn Beach of Cochran. His daughter Lyndell Beach of Medicine Hat and her children, Ryan Schibler (fiancé Ashley McDougall) of Medicine Hat, and Jennifer Schibler (Dustin Schulte) of Leduc, and step great -granddaughters Charley and Hailey Schulte. Also surviving is his brother Jack Beach (Marlene) and his sister Dr. Judith Beach. Hilton was pre deceased by his parents John (Jack) Beach and Lilian (Lily) Beach (Spencer), father and mother-in law, Eugene and Edith Eckart (Olsen), His brother in-law Dr. Peter Calder and grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Shortly after his birth in Craik Saskatchewan, Hilton and his mother returned to the farm at Golden Prairie, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the farm and for a couple years he attended a country school where his mother was the teacher. He then attended the school in Golden Prairie graduating from grade twelve there. He had an interest in Chemistry which had him working at Northwest Nitro in the lab for a year after which he then went back to the farm for a year. Eventually he began his career at Goodyear Medicine Hat in their lab and though he started in the lab, he stayed on staff for the majority of his 32 years there. He met Diane in 1959 and they married in 1961. They raised their four children in Medicine Hat and with the kids’ activities involving baseball, hockey, basketball & volleyball there was a lot of sports to travel to, which continued as the grandchildren began their interests in these activities as well. He never lost interest in farming so there were frequent drives for he and Diane “to check the crops.” Hilton was a history buff detailing his and Dianes family background for as much information as he could find, reading books and checking TV for what he could also find. He enjoyed building furniture and the family have pieces of different things he had made. He was exacting in his work and willing to try just about anything including working with barn wood. For several years he has had ups and downs with his health but he and Diane still managed to visit such places as Hawaii, Mexico, Dominican Republic, China, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Lots of history to see in some of those trips! Hilton didn’t easily show his emotions, tended to be slow to anger, but loved his family deeply. And eventually we came to December 17, 2023, three days before Hilton and Diane’s 62nd wedding anniversary. He left us then for a better place.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 22nd at 1:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jeff Lackie officiating. In lieu of flowers, donation in Hilton’s memory may be made to St. John’s Presbyterian Church or the Kidney Foundation.