Remembering Brother Michael Beeman


9/21/1936 – 5/29/2019



In Loving Memory Of
Michael Carruthers Beeman, U.E., died on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, aged 82, at Providence Manor in Kingston.

Born on September 21, 1936, he was the youngest of four children of Brigadier William Gilbert Beeman and Kathleen Burpee Carruthers of Kingston. His three older siblings passed away before him: Patricia Carruthers “Patsy” Beeman Fleming (survived by Robert John “Bob” Fleming of Kingston); William John Milton “Bill” Beeman (married to the late Nancy Jane Logan Beeman of London); and Peter Carruthers Henault Beeman (survived by Elizabeth “Betty” Fleming Beeman of Whitby).

He leaves a niece, Kathleen Louise Beeman of Kingston, his primary caregiver for many years. He also leaves three nephews, Christopher Douglas Beeman of Brandon, William Logan “Sandy” Beeman of Ottawa, and Robert John Carruthers Fleming of Montreal, married to Claudine Roy, whose children are Nicolas (Saada El-Akhrass), Philippe (Kat Cadegan) and Amélie (Simon Larose).

A proud member of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Michael was one of the youngest of Kingston’s extended Carruthers clan, and was closest to his cousin Elizabeth “Lizzy” Panet Fairbairn, who now also resides in Providence Manor. Michael’s cousins from this family include the Baynes, Campbells, Chowns, Constantines, Cookes, Cowies, Danbys, Fairbairns, Forgies, Formans, Frenches, Fyons, Garcias, Ginns, Hamiltons, Hansons, MacDuffs, Mackays, Marins, Massies, Panets, Percivals, Ruddicks, Sculthorpes, Shirreffs, Silcotts, Simsons, Smiths, Sullivans, Tobers, Wards and their descendants.

Further afield, Michael was close to his Ross cousins – David (married to Heather Anderson-Ross, of Toronto, with sons Jamie and Cam), Czashka (married to Gary Roth, of Pennsylvania and Panama, with sons Ivan, Nicholas and Peter), Cory (married to Greg Conaway, of Oregon, with her daughters Shane and Jil), and Ali (with daughters Robin and Leah). Michael is also survived by his cousin William “Bill” Little and partner Joy Dexter of Perth, Ontario.

Michael’s life was enriched by his friends, and he continued to make them throughout his life. With Kevin Kittner he explored every corner of the city; Pat Kittner was a friend, nurse and host of delicious dinners. Travis Docteur, whose family were neighbours, formed a decades-long bond, and Anna Docteur showed many kindnesses.

Michael was an adventurer, a musician, and a seeker all his life. He learned how to fly at age 19, and piloted his friends from Kingston airport to New York City, a feat meriting coverage in the Whig Standard. This in turn led to his career as a NORAD air traffic controller, and other military work, ending as an internal auditor at the Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

He loved outdoor sports and won a trophy for cross-country running at Lakefield College School. The younger members of his family remember skiing and snowmobiling expeditions with him. A crowning achievement resulted from his rescuing one of the Royal Military College’s heavy oak iceboats, in which he and his crew raced across the ice of Lake Ontario and nearby waterways during several winters. He enjoyed sailing, cruising, and relaxing with his family at the idyllic beach at Carruthers Point.

Early in life Michael passed rigorous selections to sing with two of the most demanding choirs in Canada, at St. George’s in Kingston and St. Mary Magdalene’s in Toronto. His Steinway was the pride of his living room, he proctored examinations for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and he enjoyed his front-row balcony seats at the Kingston Symphony. He had a discerning ear, and before Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot achieved stardom, he took his nephew John to their concerts.

As Michael began his retirement he increased his work in the community, ranging from volunteering as a member of the board of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, serving on the Citizen Advisory Committee for Correctional Services Canada, to driving for Meals on Wheels.

Later in life Michael began a new life in the Catholic faith, and joined a welcoming church family at St. Paul the Apostle, with its priest Father Leo Byrne,succeeded by Father Sebastian Amato. His spirit of service saw him participating as a greeter and lay reader, and he was welcomed into the brotherhood of the Knights of Columbus, where he rose to the fourth degree. An admirer of the Sisters of Providence, Michael entered one of their foundations, Providence Manor, as his life drew to its close, and benefited from the kindly attendants, the caring nurses, and the moving spiritual life.

Michael’s family will receive his friends and acquaintances at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home – Township Chapel, 435 Davis Drive in Kingston on Friday, June 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. His funeral mass as a Knight will take place at St. Paul the Apostle church, 1111 Taylor Kidd Boulevard, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. His remains will be buried in his family plot at Newburgh United Church cemetery, 2157 Camden Road, outside Newburgh, later the same day.

Michael recognised for 19 years of service in KofCMichael being recognized by GK. Terry Finn for 19 years of service with KofC.