Donald Jack Beven (28 May 1926 - 28 Dec 2020)

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Location
Eltham Crematorium Crown Woods Way Eltham SE9 2AZ
Date
19th Jan 2021
Time
1.45pm
Funeral Director
F.A. Albin Welling

Don Beven

1926 – 2020

Don Beven passed away in his sleep on 28th December at the age of 94 in the Princess Royal Hospital after suffering a heart attack. Don was raised in Dartford and moved to Wickham Street, Welling, in 1948 with his new wife Vera (d. 2014). He was working at Weekes’ Brothers vegetable merchants (who then had a yard off of Edison Road) where he stayed until he retired in 1991. He has been a member of the congregation at St. Mary’s since 1948. He was already involved in the Scout Association, having already helped run the 8th Dartford troop during the 2nd World War while still a teenager. He continued serving with the 8th Dartford in the 50s becoming group scout leader while commuting from Welling.

At St. Mary’s he later became involved with as a District Scout Leader for Bexleyheath and then with the 2nd East Wickham. He served as Leader, Group Leader and as a Commissioner for Senior Scouts at District Level. The list of events at local and District level that he initiated and led is very long. He directed the first St. Mary’s “Gang Show” in the Church Hall (and many others since). He started the Scout and Guide Folk Festivals there in the 60s and 70s, and organised the St. Mary’s Marathon walks to raise funds for repairs to the Church. Well after his retirement he was a frequent feature at the St. Mary’s Christmas Fayre with his stall of handmade walking sticks. In the Scouts, he was particularly known for pioneering projects and knowledge of knots, including construction of a large tower on Shooters Hill for the Scout Centenary and a 77m long rope suspension bridge at Downe Campsite. He was appointed as Honorary President of the 2nd East Wickham Group and continued to have an input until relatively recently. His work with the Scouts was recognised by a remarkable 70 year Service Award in 2019.

While he was still able to, he also helped as a volunteer at Woodlands Farm, in tidying the Church gardens, and played the ukulele and flower pots in the Pik’n’Mix group that provided entertainment for local Care Homes. He continued to play bowls and go to the local video club until earlier this year when, after a number of falls, he moved from Baltimore Place to the Frognal Care Home in Sidcup. He loved walking in the hills, and for his 80th birthday treat made his first ascent of Ben Nevis (through snow at the top) helped by his 2 grandsons. He leaves his brother Ray, 2 children (Janet and Keith), 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren now scattered from Aston Tirrold in Oxfordshire to Fort William in Scotland. Family and the Scouting Family were always very important to him and he will be fondly remembered by many of those young scouts and guides who are now grown with children and even grandchildren of their own. A celebratory service will be held as soon as the restrictions allow it. The family would like to make a collection of any reminiscences and photos of Don that people might like to write down. They can be sent by email to Keith at k.beven@lancaster.ac.uk or added to the messages and photos on this Obituary Page

Linda and Ron Allen donated £20 in memory of Donald

In loving memory of Don a true gentleman. Thank you for your part in making our family part of the St Mary’s Youth family which has so enriched all of our lives for over 30 years. RIP Don.

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Richard Willgoss wrote

My earliest memory of Don was in 1959 when he was a District Scout Leader in Bexleyheath and District and I was a mere Patrol Leader in the 3rd East Wickham Scouts. Seeing him at a District event I said ‘Hello!’ to him. He had no idea who I was, but he responded with a little chuckle and a similar ‘hello’! Little did either of us know then how close we would be involved together in Scouting in the years to come as a Scout, a Leader, a Commissioner, a friend and a colleague.
As Don has done with so many people over the years, he inspired and enthused my appetite for Scouting and, along with my parents, who were both involved in Scouting, he is one of the reasons I am still in the movement. He is still one of the greatest inspirations behind my last 60 years or so of Scouting.
Thank you, Don, for your inspiration, enthusiasm, encouragement, passion and commitment. Another Silver Wolf 'gone home'. R.I.P. Don

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Paige Denham wrote

Although mine and Don's paths briefly crossed at St Mary's, I was never part of the uniforms so I did not have the pleasure of getting to know Don until he became a resident in Sunrise where I am on the activities team. Caring for Don for the past year has been an absolute pleasure. Getting to know him and his sense of humour often made my day. I would like Don's family to know that your regular correspondence with Don did not go unnoticed. Receiving a card, photo or letter would brighten his day, and sometimes result in a few shed tears, although I was assured by Don himself that they were always happy ones. Don was always up for a game, always willing to share stories and would hold my hand and tell me how kind I was regularly in a completely selfless manner. It is easy to care for someone when they have such a beautiful soul. Don will be missed, but always remembered.

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Ian Kirk donated in memory of Donald

Don was a wonderful inspiration, and we are privileged to have known him.
This is from Elaine and me on behalf of all at 4th Welling

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Christine Dawkins donated £20 in memory of Donald

Very fond memories of Don helping me to start our Family Tree. Always remember going to tea when they lived Wickham Street and having a lovely cheese and potato pie. Delicious 😋

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Nigel Betts posted a picture

This is in May 2007 at the Scoutfest 100. The huge picture of BP was Dons "baby".

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Jean Thompson wrote

Such good memories of Don as a neighbour and a friend at St Mary’s for over 50 years. My 3 sons all hold Don in such high regard and have many good memories of him from their scouting years, all of them in their 50s now. So grateful thanks from the Thompson’s for the privilege of knowing Don and for his input and influence in their young lives. He won’t be forgotten.

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Nigel Betts posted a picture

This was taken at Scoutfest 100 at Welling Football ground in May 2007 to celebrate 100 years of Scouting. The enormous picture of BP was Dons "Baby"!

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Nigel Betts donated £40 in memory of Donald

I was so sad to hear Don had died. He was a lovely man who will remembered by so many from WELLING. He gave so much to our community through all the various things he was involved with. Scouting owes him the biggest debt for his 70+ years of service helping young people to enjoy and have fun in this “jolly world” as BP would put it.
RIP Don.

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Barbara Ritchie posted a picture

My souvenir that is not a walking stick!

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Pam Davies donated in memory of Donald

With very fond memories of a real gentleman

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Julie Owen wrote

So sorry to hear of Don's sad passing my condolences to you all. Don shared a great friendship with my father Ken formed firstly through scouting and latterly through the Didi Club, and Pick and Mix concert party They shared a great love of the country and spent many hours wandering the lanes of Kent and wider trips. In 1991 together they completed the Coast to Coast walk and then in 1993 walked from the Bristol Channel down to the English Channel. This led to many more years of weekly walking and other shared interests.

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Linda Hopkins donated £50 in memory of Donald

This donation is from the 2nd East Wickham Scout Group to thank you Don for the inspiration and guidance you have tirelessly given to many, both young and not so young throughout the years. You will be sorely missed but have left many happy memories. Rest in Peace

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Linda Hopkins donated £50 in memory of Donald

This donation is from the 2nd East Wickham Scout Group to thank you Don for the inspiration and guidance you have tirelessly given to so many both young and not so young throughout the years. You will be sorely missed but have left so many happy memories. Rest in Peace

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Linda Hopkins donated £50 in memory of Donald

This donation is from the 2nd East Wickham Scout Group to thank you Don for the inspiration and guidance you have tirelessly given to so many both young and not so young throughout the years. You will be sorely missed but have left many happy memories. Rest in peace.

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Richard Crowe donated £30 in memory of Donald

Thank you Don for all the encouragement and inspiration you gave to me and many others. Gone but never forgotten.

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Mark Redding donated in memory of Donald

From cubs to setting up a venture scout unit Don was always on hand to help, advise and support.
An absolute legend in scouting, we will miss you.
A true gentleman. Rest in peace Don,

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Anna Beasley donated in memory of Donald

In memory of our wonderful grandad and great grandad Don. With all our love from Anna, Justin, Eve, Owen and Lauren

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This was a gang show at St Marys in around 1966 or thereabouts, I don't think that Don produced this one, but he was around and well involved. I was in the 1st East Wickham at the time, and well remember Don being at many district events. RIP Don

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Barbara Ritchie donated £20 in memory of Donald

Remembering an active gentleman who did so much for young people at Mary's and through his great love, scouting

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Enjoying the great outdoors with Grandad Don on one of his visits to Scotland.

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Me and Grandad Don before the Scout and Guide Thanksgiving Service at Westminster Abbey.

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Matthew, Freda, Eilidh & Donald Lander posted a picture

Napping is a skill passed on through the generations.

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Don in his element.

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Donald senior meets Donald junior at Lullingstone 2016

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Always up for a new challenge. 2006, aged 83 a bit of sea kayaking on Loch Goil.

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Matthew, Freda, Eilidh & Donald Lander donated £100 in memory of Donald

He was so loved! He lives on in some superb people. We are so glad he lived and he gave so much to all of us around him. We will miss him but try to live as he has inspired us to do #adventureunlimited.

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