Brian Arthur Beard, beloved husband of Nancy Beard, passed away on September 27, 2023, at the age of 82, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was the devoted father of Lesley Boudreault and the late Ian Beard, as well as the step-father of Sarah Koop and Amy Maw. Brian was a loving grandfather to Noah Boudreault, Harrison Koop, Alexis, Addison, and Darren Maw. He was also cherished by his siblings Colin Beard, Valerie Patterson, and Glenn Beard, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Brian was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Winnifred Beard, as well as his former wife Mary Beard.
Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Brian’s early involvement with the Salvation Army shaped his passion for music. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Waterloo Lutheran University and went on to dedicate his career to teaching music. Brian held positions at various educational institutions, including W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind, Waterford District High School, and North Park Collegiate and Vocational School, where he led the music department for 25 years before retiring.
Not only was Brian a renowned conductor and teacher, but he was also deeply involved in the local music community. He served as both a musician and the Director of Music for the Brantford Memorial Concert Band for over two decades. Additionally, Brian showcased his exceptional musical skills as an organist and choir director at Waterford United Church, Fairview United Church, and St. John the Evangelist Church in Brantford. His talent extended to various instruments, including the piano, organ, baritone, trombone, and tuba. Recently, Brian was an esteemed member and Director for the Galt Kiltie Band, leaving a lasting impact on fellow musicians with his leadership, love for marches, and commitment to musical excellence.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. McNeil, Shelley, Ellie, the VON nurses Laurie and Alexa, and the PSWs for their exceptional care and support, which allowed Brian to spend his final days at home. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the McCleister Funeral Home on October 4, 2023. A memorial service will be held in the chapel on October 5, 2023, followed by cremation and interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, or the Galt Kiltie Band. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at mccleisterfuneralhome.ca or by contacting McCleister at 519-758-1553.