It is with profound sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the unexpected passing of Beth on June 28, 2020 at her home in Brampton, ON
Beth adored her brother Don, her nephews Ryan (Katie) and Andrew (Bianca), her great niece and nephew Emily and Matthew, and her in laws Linda and Bill. She cherished Archie, her Tibetan terrier. Predeceased by her parents Margaret and Arch, sister in law Nancy and beloved friend Susan Morgan.
Beth grew up on a dairy farm in Dorchester, ON learning her mischievous ways from her older brother Don. She studied Home Economics at the University of Western Ontario, completing her dietetic internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and later obtaining her Master's in Education from McGill. In November of 2019, after 46 years in Montreal, she moved to Toronto to be near her family.
Beth was passionate about her work in dietetics and nutrition - as a clinician, mentor and coordinator and entrepreneur. Her tenacity and dedication were instrumental for both her work as a part of the Practice-base Evidence in Nutrition team with Dietitians of Canada and the regulation and product development of gluten-free oats. To her colleagues and students she gave her wisdom, counsel and compassion and her work impacted both dietetic practice and the lives of individuals with celiac disease in Canada and around the world. She was humble and would rarely take credit for her accomplishments, even though she accomplished a great deal. She wanted everyone to succeed. A memorial tribute in Beth's honour for dietetic students will be established at a later date.
Beth meant so much to so many people, To her family and friends, she gave unconditional love, loyalty and laughter. She was organized, thoughtful and giving and made life fun - making countless birthday cakes, organizing parties, playing Santa, making gingerbread houses (last count was over 80!) and delighting everyone with her Donald Duck impression. Her circle of friends kept growing as she had a way of making everyone feel special. She stayed connected with those she cared about and would drop everything to help others, whether they needed a shoulder, a patient ear, a joke or a place to stay (always with fresh Montreal bagels and smoked salmon the next morning!). She was non-judgemental, honest and had an amazing sense of humour - an Armour genetic trait for sure.
Hers was a life well-lived, but far too short. She was confidant and a guiding light. A beautiful, FUNNY, kind and generous friend. A gold standard for what it is to be human.
A celebration of Beth's life will be held in the future.
Condolences can be sent to Bieman Funeral Home (www.biemanfuneralhome.com).
Donations in her memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
(Bieman Funeral Home, 3970 Hamilton Road, Dorchester, ON N0L 1G2 - (519)-268-7672 - in charge of arrangements)
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