Dr. Thomas Francis Beveridge , 87, of Carberry, MB, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2019 surrounded by family.
Tom was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1931 and was the youngest of four children. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Jeanie Beveridge (Hamilton), his brother John, and sisters Betty and Jean. He is survived by his children Brian (Jan), John (Bonnie), Thomas (Jocelyn) and Patricia (Dennis); his grandchildren Kieran, Ainsley, Julia, Bailey, Patrick, Stephanie, Candace, Courtney, Alicia and Whitney; his great-grandchildren Sofia, Maliyah, Arianna, Delara, Ivy, Parisa, Caitlyn, Emily, Anna and 2 ‘impending arrivals’, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and Scotland. Dad was proud of each and every one of them.
"Dr. B", as he was affectionally called by all in Carberry, studied medicine at Glasgow University, graduating in 1959. While interning at the infirmary, he met a beautiful nurse whom he married in 1959. Soon after, they emigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Carberry by way of Selkirk and St. Pierre. Dad’s 44 years of practise in Carberry was as a Physician and Surgeon, caring for multiple generations of families, also performing surgeries out of Brandon General Hospital. He was a Provincial Medical Examiner, Transport Canada Physician, and also served with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba in various roles including a term as President.
Bringing excellent medical care to rural Manitoba was Dad’s passion and he worked tirelessly to deliver patient care and mentor numerous fellow doctors and caregivers throughout his career. He was ‘always on’ and had a unique ability (or ‘superpower’) to go from a deep sleep one minute to a full resuscitation the next. He was widely known for incorporating humor (some may say quirky humor) into his approach, which helped put his patients at ease and remained with him into the PCH. He considered it a privilege to have worked alongside Mom at Carberry Hospital and Personal Care Home for over 20 years. They made a great team and almost everyone in Carberry was cared for in one way or another by this ‘dynamic duo’. Dad also somehow found time to volunteer for Heart and Stroke Manitoba, raising funds and awareness by establishing the Spruce Woods Loppet cross country ski race.
Although Dad had many demands on his time, he was always available when we needed him and offered advice and guidance to our family, often in quiet ways. Most of all, he led by example. The time we had together as a family was extremely fun. He loved sharing his sports and toys (airplanes, ski-doos, dirt bikes, and numerous gadgets) with us kids and our friends. He could often be seen enjoying his favorite sport, golf, in Carberry, Shilo, and Clear Lake. Mom and Dad also enjoyed many years of golf holidays in Florida.
Outside of medicine, Dad’s long-time passion was full-size and model aviation. For years in the 60’s through to the 80’s, Dad could be seen flying his small Aircoupe around town and the whole family enjoyed taking turns being Dad’s co-pilot. From his childhood in Scotland, Dad was building, flying, and very often crashing RC airplanes. Many of his old planes have found a new home at a Hutterite colony near Portage where the kids are using them to learn about electronics, model building, and flying which would truly warm Dad’s heart.
Mom and Dad’s special place was Clear Lake. All the kids and grandkids spent time there and it was where they got to truly bond with Nana and Papa. The lake, the golf course, the wishing well, Kathryn Lake, and the beauty of the rest of the park were things that Mom and Dad loved to share - but the most special place of all was Nana and Papa’s "Brown House" at the Elkhorn Resort.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Tom’s many friends who visited him over the years he and Jo spent in the care home. They would also like to thank Dr. Jane Ward and the staff at Carberry Personal Care Home for their excellent care over the years. Special thanks to Father Mark Filips for his spiritual guidance during a difficult time and for officiating at the funeral mass.
After a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s disease, Tom’s death has brought him to a place of peace and re-united him with his beloved wife Jo and the rest of his family. He will be dearly missed by those who loved him, but we know that he is watching over us all until we meet again.
Prayer Service will be held at 1pm followed by a Funeral Mass at 2pm on Wednesday June 19, 2019 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Carberry, MB with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tom may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, the Carberry Personal Care Home or a charity of choice. Interment will take place at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.whitesfh.ca.
Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 4G2
Carberry Personal Care Home
Carberry MB R0K 0H0
Carberry Health Centre
Box 2000, Carberry MB R0K 0H0
Charity of Choice