Eric & Marilyn Beam’s story

Eric Beam and his daughters pose in front of the plaque honouring Marilyn

Introduced on a double date in 1956, Eric & Marilyn were married on March 2, 1957, and this was the beginning of a happy and sharing love, building their dream home in Kitchener soon after where they raised their two lovely daughters. In 1962 they built a cottage on Lake Huron where the family would spend summer weekends with friends, full of song and laughter as Marilyn entertained with her accordion. 

Marilyn loved to play the accordion (she was self taught) and at age 16, before meeting Eric, toured Canada and US with the “Stars of the Wilf Carter Show” to packed audiences. She also entertained on weekends for 22 years with the local “Rhythm Trio”, while Eric looked after the kids. Mention an accordion and her face would light up! 

Meanwhile Eric enjoyed a very successful sales career in the building industry serving Cambridge customers for 21 years with Hogg Fuel, and 14 with Golden Windows as Western Ontario Sales Manager, retiring in 1994 at 60 years of age. He still found enough time to build four more cottages while framing nine others for friends. He also modified a three story factory and three adjoining homes into 76 student housing units, which he and Marilyn managed and maintained until their sale in 2000. 

Because of the compassionate care Marilyn and the family experienced from the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, Eric and his daughters decided their most appropriate and heartfelt thank you would be a gift to the Hospital Foundation. 

The year 2001 was to be the beginning of a driving tour throughout Canada-Eric loved to drive. However, Marilyn’s health began to deteriorate, ending with her passing on June 29th of ths same year, so the trip was not to be. Because of the compassionate care Marilyn and the family experienced from the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, Eric and his daughters decided their most appropriate and heartfelt thank you would be a gift to the Hospital Foundation. 

Eric also wanted to give back to the community which so blessed his happy lifetime together with Marilyn. 

Learn more about gifts in honour or in memoriam here. Our staff is also able to assist with legacy and estate planning

 

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