Tribute To Roy Beaven


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Tribute to Roy Beaven


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Roy 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 65th birthday celebration  Roy in 2000  Roy with Jean in 2005
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 1960’s 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 James’s 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 life’s 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 life’s 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 and dignity.

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.

Roy as youngster  Roy with younger brother Robin 
Right: With younger brother Robin

Helping at Sunday School  Helping at Sunday School party
Helping at Sunday School


"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

Roy serving at St James's Church, Kidbrooke
Serving at St James's Church, Kidbrooke, London

"I will 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

Roy on  holiday

"Roy was a gentle-man
In the true sense of the word.
There was no malice in him.
His warm and sunny disposition
Shone out.
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 didn’t know him well,
But one couldn’t help being fond of him.
He is greatly missed … "

In loving memory – Mary, Fellow Church Member

Holidays 2

"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 Men’s Groups. He always enjoyed meeting friends on these occasions and joining in to welcome new people.

Roy’s 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 encouraged others.

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

Holidays 1

"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

Holidays 3

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.



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