April 18, 1957 – April 18, 1988
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, one of our founding members has passed on. Bruce was admitted to Toronto General Hospital in March and on April 18th, his 31st birthday, he passed away with his family at his bedside. Bruce, well known to all of us in the Metro Toronto Multiple Alarm Association (MTMAA) and by firefighters across Metro Toronto, was inspiring in his enthusiasm and dedication to fire buffing.
Bruce was very active in fire buffing and attended as many of the MTMAA and Ontario Fire Buff Associates (OFBA) activities and canteen runs as he could. He was an active member of the Box 12 Association and was well known at Metro Toronto fire halls; often stopping by to show slides or photographs to the firefighters.
His contribution to our club was immeasurable. He served on the executive for years, and through his father, arranged for our first club quarters. He did not hesitate to get involved in the renovations, the many displays we helped to set up, and the annual barbecues, a few of which he hosted.
The MTMAA extends heartfelt condolences to Bruce’s wife Tine, his parents Walter and Elinor, brother Terry, sisters Kathy and Julie, and to the rest of Bruce’s family and friends. I am taking this opportunity to thank, on behalf of the club, Walter and Elinor Beauchamp for the years of support and generosity they have given us, and Tine, for putting up with years of midnight phone calls and blaring radios that enabled Bruce to join us at fire scenes and canteen runs.
Bruce was laid to rest in Beaverton on April 21st, following a packed service at the Rosedale Presbyterian Church in Toronto. Among the mourners were twelve Toronto firefighters who formed an honour guard to salute Bruce’s casket as the pallbearers moved it to the waiting hearse.
It was Bruce’s wish for those who would like to contribute to his memory to send a donation to the Bruce Beauchamp Memorial Fund. The money will be used for cancer research.
As originally published in the GTMAA Trumpet