Beverly Earley

Obituary of Beverly Eugene Earley

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved man, Beverly Eugene Earley, of London, Ontario, on December 29, 2023, at the age of 82. A devoted husband for 57 years, he leaves behind his loving wife, and princess, Janet (Oakes) Earley. Bev was a cherished father to Chris Earley and Jennifer (Jiffy) Gibson, Kim and Stephen Grogan. His legacy extends through his role as a proud Papa to Nathan (Olivia), Skye (Hunter), Mitchell (Mackenzie) and Rylie. Brother to Robert Earley and Jill Hayman, brother-in-law to Lynda Earley, Shirley and Jim Blackwell, Russ Oakes and Joe Saddy, Darrell Becker, Alan and Bobbie Oakes. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Eugene and Margaret Earley, step-father Stuart Middleton, in-laws Sam and Lois Oakes, brother Billy, sister Marilyn, brother-in-law Hubert and niece Susan Freitag, brother George Earley, sister-in-law Susan Earley and brother-in-law Donald Oakes. Bev’s educational journey took him to the University of Western Ontario, where he earned a psychology degree, and later to Althouse College. Bev had a special passion for mathematics, inspiring others to embrace the beauty of numbers. As a teacher and guidance counsellor, Bev touched the lives of countless students, providing guidance and inspiration. His commitment extended beyond the classroom, where he spent 28 years coaching basketball, instilling not only the love for the game but also invaluable life lessons. Bev was an avid croquet player at the Bayfield International Croquet Club, loved a game of golf and was a dedicated London Knights hockey fan. His spirit was unwavering. As a municipal councillor in the Town of Strathroy, he tirelessly worked towards building a better community. Born in Kerwood, where he grew up farming, Bev’s hands were always busy building, remodeling, and inventing. He could fix anything with a bit of duct tape and some twine. He was the creator of the perfect Caesar salad and barbecued ribs. Bev’s love for the colour orange was only surpassed by his love for family and friends. From cottage days and fishing trips with the boys to car trips out west, he cherished every moment with those he held dear. In his final days, Bev received compassionate care from Dr. Suzanne Taylor-Wall and the entire care team at St. Joseph’s Hospice. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Cremation has taken place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery & Crematorium. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Bev’s Tribute Wall at Interment in Bayfield, Ontario and a Celebration of Bev’s Life is to be scheduled for a later date. Donations in Bev’s memory can be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospice of London.
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