John Beaven is my uncle on my mother's side. After many years of health
problems, Roy died at home on 10 January 2009, with no suffering or trauma
of any kind.
Going through the family photos brings back many
happy memories looking back on the happy times, in order to look
forward to an even better future when we are reunited.
Roy's 65th birthday celebration in
1995 Enjoying the garden in 2000 Roy in 2005 with Jean, whose
unfailing devotion and support filled many happy years with love,
joy and laughter
Roy is the eldest son of Jack and Florence Beaven, born in Rolt
Street, Deptford, on 25 February 1930. Very soon afterwards, the
family moved to Woolwich Road. The next arrival in the family was
Maureen, followed by Bernard and then Robin. The family lived in
Charlton, S.E. London, and in the 1960s moved to Kidbrooke.
Roy was evacuated several times during the war, and had both
happy (Podmore Farm, Kent) and unhappy (Tredegar, Wales) memories of
this period. After various short term jobs, including service in the
RAF, and a gardener in Greenwich Park, Roy settled into employment
with the Post Office in the parcel delivery department, where he
remained for the rest of his working life. He enjoyed the
opportunity this gave him to get out and about, meeting people on
the delivery rounds. He retired in 1990.
Roy was a long-standing member of St Jamess Church, Kidbrooke,
where his many friends have been a great joy to him over the years.
His faith stood firm in the face of all of lifes difficulties, and
he never wavered in his beliefs. Perhaps what most people will
remember of Roy was his uncomplaining attitude to his very serious
illnesses. Although he was largely not only house-bound, but
sometimes even chair-bound, he always answered cheerfully that he
was "quite well" when asked. His sense of humour was always
undaunted regardless of circumstances, and he always viewed lifes
events in a light-hearted and humorous vein.
Roy truly lived up to his name, which is derived from "King", and
in later years he took on the role as head of the family with caring
Roy has always been loving, cheerful and supportive of everyone
he knows throughout his life, and we, his family and friends are
honoured to be able to call him our own.
Right: With younger brother
Helping at Sunday School
TRIBUTES FROM ROY'S FRIENDS:
"Roy was an inspiration to us; buoyant in
all circumstances, with a strong faith in Christ that shone through
his strength in times of difficulty." Sue and Richard,
Fellow Church Members
Serving at St
James's Church, Kidbrooke, London
remember Roy as a gentle, friendly soul who loved to be with people.
He struggled with ill health for years, but he had a great faith.
Some years ago at a Bible Study Group he told us of times when he
used opportunities to tell people he met about his faith. He seldom
missed a Church Service. At one time he loved to carry the Cross and
Serve. His presence at our services will be greatly missed."
Edna, Fellow Church Member
was a gentle-man
In the true sense of the word.
There was no malice in him.
His warm and sunny disposition
His face lit up when he smiled,
And we were all blessed
By his calm and dependable presence.
He was always there,
In the pew behind me,
With his trolley and breathing apparatus.
He never complained.
His quiet courage was an inspiration,
And his ready sense of humour
Cheered us all up.
I didnt know him well,
But one couldnt help being fond of him.
He is greatly missed
In loving memory Mary, Fellow Church Member
"Roy will be greatly missed by St. James
Church community. In recent years his courage in regular church
attendance, complete with portable oxygen clicking merrily away, has
been an inspiration.
He participated fully in church life,
especially the coffee bar sessions three times a week, monthly Lunch
Clubs and evening Mens Groups. He always enjoyed meeting friends on
these occasions and joining in to welcome new people.
Roys sense of humour and willingness to share
and listen to others reminiscences made him a happy addition to all
these events. His strong Christian faith sustained him and
Our sympathy and prayers are with his close
friends, especially Jean, and all his family at this sudden end to
his life journey here." Chris and Paddy, Fellow Church Members
"Although I first met Roy in the latter part of
the 1980's when he became a member of St. James' congregation, we
discovered a few months ago that our paths must have crossed when as
pupils, at Charlton Manor School (Roy a junior, and myself an
infant), we were on the same train taking us as evacuees to the
safety of Kent on September 2nd 1939.
Roy was a keen supporter of Christian Aid, and from 1988 until 1995
was one of a large band of house-to-house collectors during
Christian Aid Week. Since then, Roy has helped to increase the sales
of Traidcraft items by his monthly purchase of kitchen rolls,
tissues and chocolate brazil nuts; the latter a great favourite."
Jean, Fellow Church Member
We said our temporary farewell to Roy at
St James Church, Kidbrooke, on 11 February 2009. We would like to
thank everyone for their kind tributes and support which we find a
great encouragement. A plaque to Roy's
memory is now in place at Eltham Crematorium.