1943 ~ 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Austin John Beatty on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the age of 70. Left to mourn his death and cherish his memory are his loving wife Lillian of 48 years, his daughter Leanne (Gordon), Austin John (Shauna), and Vincent (Tonya), grandchildren Devon, Alexandra, Cheri, Rick, James Austin John and Brianna, Grandpa’s princess, and sister Beverly (Emilio).
John will always be remembered in a very special way by his numerous nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers in-law for his great generosity and the sharing of many family gatherings.
John began his career with Abitibi paper in 1963. In 1965 they moved to St. John, NB where he and Lillian lived and raised their children for 24 years. In 1989 John went for startup of the mill in White Court, AB. In 1995 he went to work in Australia for 3 years and then on to New Zealand for 2. Upon returning to Canada, John did some consulting. He wrapped up his career in St. Mary’s paper mill in Sault St. Marie, ON as mill manager.
Upon retiring, Lil and John returned to their home province of Manitoba. Having done much traveling over the years, John spent his retirement years rebuilding his cottage, gardening, fishing, enjoying his sports, feeding his birds and furry friends and wintering in Mexico. John will be truly missed.
We would like to thank everyone at the Pinawa Hospital and Cancer Centre for all the devoted care. A very special thank you to Dr. Bruneau for his most compassionate care and understanding.
Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26 at Notre Dame du Laus Roman Catholic Church, Powerview, MB. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pinawa Hospital (Cancer Care or Palliative Care), Box 220, Pinawa, MB R0E 1L0.
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Louise Sabourin (Bertolin)
I had the great pleasure of working with John at ANC in Whitecourt and the start up of our plant. Just want to send all of the family my condolences and I will cherish many fond memories of John! John was a great leader and a true professional also a dear friend to many at ANC! He will be missed by all!
Lil, Karl and I were so sad to hear about John passing. We both have so many fun memories of you both. I’m glad you have so many friends and family to help you through this sad time.
Karl and Wendy Rantz
Peter and Uche Robertson
Lil,Uche and I send our sincere condolences.John will be remembered fondly by both of us.
Having returned from a month o’seas I have only just heard of John’s passing and would like to give Lil and all the family my condolences at this sad time. John was my customer whilst working in Australia and New Zealand and I feel privileged to have met his acquaintance and, of course, you too Lil. John was a great man – always treated even the poor little “sales guys” with respect. I learned a lot from John and the memories of both business and pleasure – especially the Thurgoona Golf day – will always stay with me. Once again – my sincere condolences to you all.