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BEEDELL, John Leslie
1933 - 2014
Surrounded by his family, John Beedell, age 81, was let go on December 18, 2014, unable to recover from critical injuries sustained on November 28, 2014 when he was struck by a bus on Beechwood Ave. He is survived by Ann Beedell and their sons, Michael (Bonnie), Jeff (Linda) and David (Emily), his grandchildren Estan, Leslie, Jillian, Anna and William Beedell, his dear sister, Nina Overbury (Michael), his niece Jennifer, nephew Mark (Amanda), and his New Zealand relatives. John was proud of his New Zealand roots, his paddling for Canada in the Prague World Championships 1958 and Rome Olympics 1960, his contribution to outdoor education as a Director of the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre, his many years of teaching in the science classroom and outdoors at Ashbury College, his numerous Canadian Ski Marathons and running marathons, his exceptional patronage of the Ottawa Chamberfest, other music festivals and concert series, and his work on the Board of REACH. Wherever he went and whomever he met, he had a smile and a kind word to share. Heartfelt thanks to the ICU team at the Ottawa Hospital Civic who gave him such caring support. Cremation at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services; private interment. A Celebration of John's Life for friends, former colleagues and students will follow in the New Year at Ashbury College, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2 p.m. Memorial donations to REACH or CPAWS are appreciated. Tributes may be sent via Lifetimes at

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23, 2014.
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