Volume 91, Issue 81

Wednesday, March 4, 1998



Soph remembered in service today

By Brendan Howe
Gazette Staff

On the Drury floor at Medway Hall, flowers lay in front of Room 217 where resident and Soph Adam Beed died suddenly Feb. 21, the day his parents came to pick him up to go home for slack week.

The 20-year-old political science student was known as 'Beed' around the residence. He was described by friends as down-to-earth and very approachable. "He was the kind of guy you could talk to about anything," said Medway residents' council president Matt Bryce. Beed was Bryce's neighbour and best friend.

"He had all the qualities you look for in a Soph – he was intelligent, understanding and a good leader," Bryce said. He added Beed had been nominated for Soph of the year.

Beed died after he had an epileptic seizure and suffocated in his pillow, friends said. Police would not release further details of his death.

A funeral was held in Beed's hometown of Richmond Hill last Wednesday where the priest read a letter from Beed's parents which told other parents to tell their children they love them everyday. Over 50 students were part of a standing-room-only crowd.

Kim Hampson, who also lived on his floor, said Beed was a character-and-a-half who never slept and was constantly around. "Beeder would just walk into a room and everyone would smile."

His death was extremely difficult for students on their floor, she said, explaining that it hit a lot of people in many different ways. "We lost a family member," said Claire Lefrance, another floormate.

As a member of Medway's residents' council, Beed took part in every council or building activity that took place, Bryce said. "He's going to be sadly missed by everybody in the building."

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. today in the Medway cafeteria. Bryce said a lot of people were away when it happened and did not get a chance to say goodbye and this will give them the opportunity to do so.

Beed's parents are going to be at the service and Hampson said they plan to bring his Soph uniform. His parents have left a journal at Medway for friends to write down their thoughts and experiences with Beed to send to his family.

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