Beauchene Phillip Joseph. We sadly announce after a two-year courageous battle with cancer, Phillip Joseph Beauchene peacefully passed away on July 17th, 2013 at the age of 63 in Chilliwack, BC. His last days were spent with family at his side. Joe was born in Port Coquitlam, BC on January 10th, 1950 to the late Phillip and Betty Beauchene. He married Phyllis (nee Imhoff) on March 25th, 1972 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Joe spent 27 years in the Canadian Military and retired as Master Warrant Officer in the Air Force. During his service in the military, he worked as a (PERI) Physical Educational Recreational Instructor. Throughout his military career, he was posted to the following Canadian Forces Bases: Cornwallis, NS; Ramore, ON; Bermuda; Edmonton, AB; Alert, NWT; Borden, ON; Lahr, Germany; and Chilliwack, BC. He received a Military Order of Merit for his dedication and commitment to the military community in 1990, awarded by the Governor General of Canada. After his retirement from the Military, Joe joined the Correctional Services of Canada as a Federal Correctional Officer. During this time, Joe inspired many people he worked with, especially the new recruits whom he mentored. Joe’s organizational skills and ideas continue to be utilized to this day.
Joe was passionately involved in every aspect of his community. He was elected as the Mayor of Kippenhiemwieler while serving in Lahr, Germany and helped foster everlasting relations between the Canadian Military and the German community. While living in Chilliwack, Joe organized yearly golf fundraisers for the B.C. Children’s Hospital. In his last few years, Joe strongly advocated for Canada’s Veterans. In 2012, he received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to Canada and the community. Joe was a devoted and loving husband and father, and the world’s best grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife Phyllis; his two sons and their wives, Jason (Jihye) and Michael (Jennifer). Joe also has two precious grandchildren Spencer and Sophia. He also leaves his brother Albert, and sister Barbara.
Joe will be remembered for his love of golf, his good sense of humour, his compassionate heart, his courage and his devotion to family. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the B.C. Children’s Hospital, 938 28th Ave W. Vancouver, BC www.bcchf.ca or the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 330 E Columbia St, New Westminster, BC V3L 3W7; www.rchfoundation.com
A celebration of life service will be held at the Broadway MB Church- 46611 Maple Ave. the corner of Broadway and Maple. Chilliwack BC. Saturday, July 27th at 10:00 am. On line condolences may be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com