BEARD, Ross - It is with deep heartfelt sorrow that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Ross Beard on Friday February 8th at the Welland Hospital at the age of 65. Born on March 5th 1953, Ross is survived by his wife Diane, who was the love of his life, soulmate and best friend. Loving and supportive father to Tesla May Beard (Sean Batty). Also survived by siblings: Ray Arnott (Betsy), Jacqueline Patterson (Jack), Arthur Beard, Jim Beard (Eva), Susan Irvine, Harvey Beard and Pam Moesker (Alan); sisters-in-law, Lorraine Wiley and Serena Lusak (Jo-Anne Aarts), and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be forever missed by his many lifelong friends. He is predeceased by beloved daughter April Dawn, siblings Walter Arnott and Donna Tutti, and parents Doris and Percy Beard. Ross’s artwork was his passion. He poured his heart and soul into his paintings, many of which were of local landscapes, including Dain City where he grew up. He also had a talent for creating surreal masterpieces, which were inspired by his deep love of music. He was commissioned to paint three murals in downtown Welland by the Festival of Arts committee in the 1980’s, as well as a mural in downtown Oshawa. Ross loved spending time at Lake Erie and along the Welland River, where he would fish, cycle, and take photos for inspiration. His front porch was always the gathering place for family and friends, who loved listening to his eclectic music collection (which he loved to blast). He would always make sure you felt completely welcome in their home. His spirit for life and sense of humour will be dearly missed, and the New York Rangers have lost their biggest fan. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday February 17th from 1pm - 5pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 383 Morningstar Avenue, Welland. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Niagara Health Foundation – Welland Site. As a memorial tribute, a tree will be planted through The Niagara Woodlands Restoration Program. A tree grows – memories live.
Thomas Dolby’s “Valley of the Mind’s Eye”
“If a song was a road, I would ride through the night to you. There's a moon on the rise and I’m drawn on the tide to you. And I will be with you. And I will stay with you. And I will dream with you. If you need me to. Anytime, anywhere, in a corner of your mind’s eye.”
My Mom, Bessie was a sister to Ross's Dad, Percy. Our prayers and thoughts to Diane, Tesla & all of my Beard cousins and families. We gave a prayer for all of you earlier this week at your Aunt Bessie's funeral. I'm a bit older than Ross, but how well I remember our visits to our Welland cousins, and there were lots of you :-) We love you all so very much, and absolutely treasure our Cousin Ross Beard's painting of "The Corsican", the ship that brought our grandmother safely to Canada. God bless you all! So sorry we can't be with you at The Legion; please keep in touch and come to Blyth for a summer visit and tour of Cowbell Brewery where Liz and I both work. Love from Larry, Floyd and Carol Beth & families.
Aunt Diane and Tesla my heart breaks for you both, my deepest sympathies. Uncle Ross was a talented man with great integrity, he was a role model to me and someone I looked up too and strived to be like. Thank you Uncle Ross, hugs to the Beard family.