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Mark Beckham

Mark Prentice Beckham

Sunday, July 17th, 1955 - Monday, September 28th, 2020
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Beckham, Mark

To meet Mark Beckham, was to love Mark Beckham. He had an incredible gift for bringing people together, for making strangers feel at home, and for always leaving a lasting impression. With his heart on his sleeve and a story to tell, Mark was impossible to forget. Whether it was a run in with Jimmy Buffet on a road trip around North America, a snake hunt in Nigeria, or pellet gun fight with his brother, the man has been captivating dive bar audiences for a lifetime.

For those lucky enough to know him, they know that he exuded a love for life at every opportunity. As passionate as he was, he was even more of a fighter. Multiple bouts with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and many other health issues, Mark refused to give in and no matter what came his way, he lived on his own terms and brought true authenticity to his life motto of “LG”…Life’s Good.

The Beckham family wants to extend their deepest appreciation to the various medical teams that have treated Mark on his health journey. There are too many to mention but thank you for your constant guidance and support.

His proudest achievement will forever be his family. Side by side with his wife of 30 years, Denise, and their two children Prentice (Barbara), and Molly, the Beckham’s have built a life to be proud of with only one regret…that it just wasn’t long enough. He also leaves behind his brothers Scott and Rick, his nieces Kathleen (Joel Lavoie), and Brittany (Dylan Bennett), and his nephew Owen (Nyssa Wilfong), as well as his mother-in-law, Christine Ivens, and his sister- and brother-in-law Sarah and Bart Wilfong. In addition to his family, he has left behind an abundance of remarkable friends, but is now reunited with his parents (Maurice and Anne Marie Beckham), Brenda, Phil, Susan, and friends that have gone before him.

For those left behind, it’s going to be a challenge to continue to live the dream, but with every rye and Diet, every Kenny Chesney song, and every boat ride; Mark’s spirit will be the guide, his journey will be the map, and his memory will be the fuel. Mark’s life should always be a reminder to love hard, take chances, and to never, ever give up.

At the age of 65, Mark’s remarkable life came to an end surrounded by the ones he loved most. He went out on his own terms knowing that he had accomplished a life chalk full of adventure, commitment, and most of all, love.

Life is good Mark, it’s so, so good.

Mark's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Please note that if you plan to attend, masks are mandatory and you must RSVP through the funeral home website. A private family service will be held. A celebration of Mark's life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to Innisfree House would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit www.henrywalser.com to view Mark's memorial and to RSVP.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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    Notes
    *Please note that face coverings are required. Non-medical masks, bandanas, paper disposable masks or scarves and cloth can be used. Please keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart.*

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Ron Wakelin

Posted at 05:02pm
I coached Mark at U of T in 1974. I was impressed with his enthusiasm, talent and love for the game.
We had quite a season that year losing in the College Bowl to Western. Mark, along with the other
members of the team was inducted into the U of T hall of Fame.
Just before the induction service for the Hall of Fame I received a beautiful letter from Mark saying he
was not well enough to attend. He went on to express gratitude for the experiences he had at U of T. and
how I influenced him. This letter was very special to me and I keep it in a safe place to read again. This is the
kind of person who Mark was.
It's often said that adversity builds character. This may be true in many cases, but for Mark I think adversity
REVEALED character. He lived life to the fullest and left a wonderful legacy behind. I know how much he
loved his family and friends..... and what an impact he had on me even though I only coached him for one year.
He will not be forgotten

Ron Wakelin
FW

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

Posted at 09:15am
Dear Beckham Family, on behalf of the Dean, our faculty and staff please accept our sincere condolences.
LK

Lori Kraemer

Posted at 08:46am
We had the privilege of meeting Mark when he joined UW WELL-FIT over a year and a half ago. His incredibly positive attitude, determination to live the best life he could and genuine interest in others was obvious from the first time he joined us for our exercise program. He indeed was a remarkable individual who has left his "mark" on all who were lucky enough to meet him. On behalf of our staff at UW WELL-FIT, we want to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Please take care of each other.
LW

Larry Waldock

Posted at 02:42pm
I coached Mark in football when he was playing for the WCI Vikings back in the early 70's. He was an excellent player and his leadership qualities played an important role in our success. Over the years we would meet up on occasion and it was always a pleasure to get updates on his life.
Condolences to his family at this sad time.
Mark, we will miss you.
Larry Waldock

MA

M. Arnott

Posted at 09:18am
We wish we could be there to comfort you in your grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Mike and Melanie Arnott
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