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William E. Beaton

Heaven's got a new gardener. William E. Beaton passed away on Thursday evening, April 25th in his home in Redwood City surrounded by his family.

A native San Franciscan, Bill was a graduate of St. Paul's Grammar School and Sacred Heart College Prep. At 17, he joined the US Coast Guard and spent 3 years at sea defending the country he so believed in. Upon his return he enrolled at USF and graduated with a B.S. in Economics.

Before he graduated he spied a cute little redhead on a church-sponsored ski-trip. Bill graduated on Friday, June 9, 1950 & married that little minx, Rita Phillips, the very next day. The rest is history. And that 63 year history includes 4 children; Marianne, Bill, Brian & Kathleen; 4 grandchildren; Erin, Dan, Brianna & Bridget; and great-grandson Conner. His family includes his sister Rosemary, his nephew Don and his brood, plus lots of lively cousins in Los Angeles.

Although Bill had a successful business career in the Treasury Dept. at Standard Oil & American Management Group it was his devotion to his family, his faith & commitment to his community at St. Pius Church and his beloved garden that really defined his life here on earth.

Bill was a world-class wit, always ready with a clever quip - oft-times in a spot-on dialect. His mission was to bring a smile to all that he met - much to the continued embarrassment of his wife & children. But, hey - he was really funny.

He loved his wife, children, his bountiful garden, art, poetry, flower-arranging, golf, barbequed ribs, and "Bolero". Plus, he was a real cool dancer.

He spent almost 30 years opening the church doors of St. Pius every morning for 8AM Mass. His work there only deepened his relationship with God and he shared that with the many other lovely people who are part of that community.

He will join his son Brian, parents Mamie & Dan, brother Donald, & nephew Dennis in the Beaton cheering section in Heaven.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St. Pius Church on Wed., May 1st @ 11AM. A celebration of his life will follow immediately in Homer Crouse Hall.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 29, 2013
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