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It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved hero Bob, Bobby, Pataw and Grandpa on Christmas day, 2012 from Aylmer, Quebec. He was born September 9, 1949. He leaves behind his much loved wife Sharon, of 43 years, his loving children, daughter Kimberley (Brian McCoshen), his sons, Christopher (Johanne Gervais) and Patrick (Isabelle Carle) and his special grand-babies, Austin, Matthew, Alyssa, Joshua, Emma, Samuel and Zakary. He's also survived by his sisters Loretta Dagenais, Diane Ethier, his special sister Carol Rawlins and his brother, Robert Lavergne. He will also be sadly missed by the Minifie family. Family will receive condolences at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, on Sunday December 30, 2012, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 31, in the Sacred Space. A private interment will take place at a later date. For those who wish, a Donation to the Canadian Cancer Association in Robert's memory would be appreciated.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 29, 2012.
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June 5, 2013
Most sincere, if somewhat belated, condolescences to the Beauchamp family. I was so sad to only recently read of the sudden loss of 'young' Robert, as he was known to me when he was a teenager. At that time, I was married to his brother Bob & we all lived at Beechwood in those days when he was going to Assumption high school.
Robert was a really lovely young man during the time I knew him & although we lost touch after Bob & I divorced, I have been extremely touched to read about the happy, full life he grew up to have with a family of his own, many caring friends, a fulfilling career & colleagues who respected & admired him.
May all of your memories keep him in your hearts forever & may he rest peacefully in God's eternal love.
Johanna Benvie (Lavergne)
April 1, 2013
The Lord works in myterious ways.

February 11, 2013
I was shocked and saddened to hear (just recently) of Bob's passing. My condolences to the family. He will always be remembered as a tireless advocate for the workers of Local 70390. Rest in peace, Bob.
Liz Hogan
January 11, 2013
Please send my condolences to the family of Robert whom I had the pleasure of knowing during my tenure with the Ottawa RO.
Doris Ilnycky, Retired
January 9, 2013
I first met Bob and Seamus at the 1987 National Component Convention. I suspect Bob is speaking with Seamus right now. As an advocate for Health & Safety who tirelessly tried to improve working life for all members and especially those on 'the Hill', Bob will be remembered as a rare Champion of a great cause - and well he should. When H&S comes to 'The Hill' the way Bob envisioned, his name should be mentioned in whatever speech will be given by PSAC Leaders at that moment. God be with you Bob. Heather Brooker
January 7, 2013

So sorry to hear this news just today January 7th. On behalf of both Trevor(who worked at the House and shared union passion with him) and I, please accept our deepest condolences to you and the family - we shared the same birthday Sept. 9th but Bob was a year younger than me (Lynda) We had nice Christmas parties to remember you both by - sorry we only found out now as would have come to pay our respects.
Trevor Lockett and Lynda Gray
January 7, 2013
Bob you will be missed. I was out of the country and could not attend the service.
I knew Bob as a Local President at the HOC and will remember him as a great trade unionist as well as a great person. Please accept my deepest symphaties. Pierre Parker PSAC
January 6, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I met Bob through the union and his dedication won't be forgotten.

With Deepest sympathy,

Elizabeth Crook
Local 80352
Parks Canada, Halifax
Elizabeth Crook
January 4, 2013
To the family,
Mes plus sincères condoléances. I was fortunate to know Bob via our Union NC at the time. He was a great mentor to me. When he left the NC, a part of me left with him. As in his picture here, he always had a warm smile which was so comforting as so were his kinds words. Thank you Bob for being in my life. RIP, Anne-Marie /Local 70172
Anne-Marie Plante
January 3, 2013
January 3rd, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family. Many thanks for his dedication as a union activist.

Rheal Vautour
Local 60284
Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
January 3, 2013
I knew Bob as a Union activist, a good man who was a champion for workers rights. Bob had a unique talent for cutting through the politics (Union or Employer) to get at the heart of the matter. He did so in a manner that brought people together, it is this I remember most about Bob.

My sincere condolences to the family in this time of grief.
David Bosschaart
January 2, 2013
To Sharon and the Family of Bob
I want to share a wonderful memory that I have of Bob.... we were at the Health and Safety Conference in Halifax NS .... everyone was scrambling around the harbour on the few hours that we had before leaving .... we met Bob on the street and asked what he was holding in his hands ... it was a beautiful cut glass ornament that he had found to give to his wife ... and the smile that Bob had on his face when he showed us his "find" showed the love that he had for his partner ..... Sharon !!!
Mary Anne
January 2, 2013
je suis entièrement d'accord avec la décision de félicité et de solidarité avec cette personne
andré blanchette
January 1, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

I remember Bob as a good friend way back when we were in school together at Assumption elementary in then Eastview. We were both hockey crazy and used to play on the White Fathers rink until well after dark. He was Gordie Howe and I was Bobby Hull. Needless to say he was a much better hockey player than I.

Sincerly, Tom Tierney
January 1, 2013
The sounds of construction, not unlike the ones coming from our own home just next door, his friendly neighbourly chats, or the wave of his hand with a smile on his face when leaving or arriving in the driveway...he will be missed by us all. Very sorry for your loss!
The Belways
January 1, 2013
It was with much sadness that I learned of Bob's passing. My deepest condolences to his family. Although I knew him only for the past 7 years I was very happy to call him friend. He made an impression on my with his strength of conviction and his work for Health and safety not just for the "Hill" but for all workers. He will be missed.
Maria Fitzpatrick
December 31, 2012
I too was a childhood classmate at Assumption Elementary School and remember him with affection. I am sorry for your loss.
Cathy (MacDonell) MacGregor
December 31, 2012
I went to elementary school (Assumption)over 50 years ago in what was then Eastview (now Vanier) with Robert. I really enjoyed his company. He had a vivid imagination and was then a huge fan of the 'Untouchables' TV show. He'd always ask each of us whether we saw the show and even if we had, he'd proceed to relive every vivid detail of the show. He had his own distinct personality which you would never forget.

My sympathies to the family!

Joe Troxler
Assumption classmate
December 31, 2012
My sympathies to Robert's family. I came across the obituary in Saturday's Citizen and remembered Robert as we knew him from primary school days at Assumption School in Eastview (Vanier) and playing with Robert in his tree house at Beechwood. I also remember us being Detroit Red Wing fans, way back. Again, condolences to Robert's family and just a thought that I remembered him from so many years ago.
Robert Zimmerman
December 31, 2012
Our deepest sympathy & thoughts go out to the Beauchamp family... We are thinking of you during this unfortunate time. Thanks Bob for the memories and times we where privilege to share together.
Matthew Queale & family
December 31, 2012
I knew Bob over the 36 years i worked at the House of Commons he worked hard for workers rights. But one thing that stood out that we was was a good man to many people.God Bless
Tom Fahey
December 31, 2012
My deepest sympathies to all of Bob's family at this terrible time of loss. Bob was a great friend to me and I loved working with him at the union headquarters. I know he will be missed by all - you are in my prayers. God Bless.
Susan Phillips
December 30, 2012
A dear friend has passed away leaving with each of us unforgettable memories, as a friend he was there each and every time you needed him, as a union activist he helped pave the way for positive change and touched upon many hearts, for this he earned the love and respect of many across Canada, you could not ask for a kinder man!

I will personaly miss my dear friend and as the tears pass I shall rely on the many amazing memories Bob has blessed me with over the years, his smile will never fade, his humour will guide me from day to day, his never ending strength will be the root too which I draw upon as I reflect back on our long and loving friendship.

Goodbye my dear friend you will never be forgotten!!
with love Richard.
Richard Ransom
December 30, 2012
My deepest sympathy to your family. I had the great pleasure of working with him. He should me all I know working as a shop stewrad under his leadership.
Roger Laframboise House of Commons retired
December 30, 2012
Mes sympathies a toute la famille. Bob a donné énormément de son temps pour ses collegues de la Chambre des communes et l'Alliance de la fonction publique tout au long de sa carriere.

Thank you Disco

Martin Louisseize
December 30, 2012
Through his hard work with the Union my friend Brother Bob made the workplace a more accountable and better place to be. He will truly be missed.
Rob Coffee
December 29, 2012
Bob and Sharon at Castaway Cay, Bahamas
December 29, 2012
On behalf of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, National Capital Region, I salute you, Brother Bob, and the years of dedication and leadership that you showed and shared with us. Ce n'est qu'un aurevoir, confrère!

Our deepest condolences to Sharon and the entire family.

Larry Rousseau, REVP-NCR, PSAC
Larry Rousseau
December 29, 2012
The world has lost and heaven has gained a wonderful, faithful friend of all things just. In our sadness, we remember our beloved friend as a mentor, supporter, teacher, and brother to all. Godspeed, dear friend, we will remember you forever as unions fight the good fight.
Ruth McGraw
December 29, 2012
Dear Pat, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. The Burke Family
December 29, 2012
It's with deep sadness to hear of Bobs passing.He was always there when I needed help at work.My prayers are with you. Michael Walker House of Commons,retired.
December 29, 2012
Brian, so sorry to hear that Mr. Beauchamp lost his battle. My sympathies to your family at this very sad time.
Sharon Gravelle
December 29, 2012
This news was shocking to everyone, my deepest sympathies to the Beauchamp family. I had the privilage to grow up as best friends with Patrick the youngest son of Bob and Sharon. Their house always had something going on, 5 dogs, construction, us boys having wrestling matches in the pit, (basement, chris`s room). I remember so many christmas`s after my own home going straight to the Beauchamps for a second meal, they were always welcoming me with open arms. I ask the question,`Why at Christmas`, this family thrived at Christmas, I was always amazed of the little village that Sharon would masterfully craft, and the loads of presents under the tree, yet now, today the Beauchamps are to put their holiday cheer aside not for their children but for themselves and unite together in this sadden time for beloved Bob. My most memerable times on a lighter note, everytime Bob took the dogs, candy, cj and bud for a walk it was hilarious because the dogs were all tangled and I really believe the were taking him for a walk, I guess Bobs having one of those walks now. I will miss him.
Joey Chevrier
December 29, 2012
What a great pic was a very speacial man all our sympathies. The Smith family.
December 29, 2012
Uncle Bob, know you are loved and missed. I will always have such great memories of the times we spent on the island, and the many nights I spent at your house as a kid. Love always, Chantal
Chantal Webster
December 29, 2012
We are so sad for the sudden loss of Uncle Robert and we wish to express to you our most sincere condolescences to Aunt Sharon, Kim, Chris, Pat and to all your family. When I phoned Kelly to tell her of the sudden passing of Uncle Robert, she was so shocked and saddened by the news. I remember myself when I was very young at Christmas time at the house in Beechwood, watching the older cousins and Robert playing table hockey and with his train set and being impressed by the guys. Because Robert was the youngest of my mother's siblings he was much loved and pampered. He will be greatly missed by all, especially his special sister Carol, my mother Loretta, Diane and Bob and all the nieces and nephews.
Diane, Michel and Kelly Therien.
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