King's mourns passing of 'headstrong and caring' Beatty

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Christopher Perrin Beatty

Students at King’s University College are mourning the death of recent graduate Christopher Perrin Beatty. He died last Wednesday of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Chaing Mai, Thailand.

After growing up in Ottawa, Beatty came to King’s in 2003, where he began a journey of self-discovery and friendship, close friend Cigi Manning said. Those who were close to Beatty during his time at Western described him as a loyal, headstrong and caring individual.

“Chris was a really passionate guy " he liked making his opinions heard,” former roommate Dave Lee said. “Friendship was really important to him.”

Beatty graduated with an honours degree in political science and history in May 2007.

In July, he left Canada to become a residence don at the American Pacific International School in Chaing Mai, Thailand. During his time overseas he expanded his cultural horizons and traveled to Cambodia and Korea.

Andrew Huber, a Western alumni and long-time friend, described the last day spent with Beatty in Korea.

“We went out to celebrate our last night in the country, even though we had a bus to catch at 7 a.m. the next day.

“We were tired as hell but Chris mustered enough strength to brave the long trip through tunnels to the demilitarized zone. Our last moments together were spent in an airport on the other side of the world,” Huber said. “I’m glad I have that memory.”

Ann Banbury, another friend and Western alum, said Beatty helped her through a time of need.

“I was fortunate enough to be Chris’s roommate for our third and fourth years of university,” she said. “In January of 2007 I became very ill. When I was rushed to the emergency he was right behind me. When I couldn’t sleep at night he stayed up with me for hours.

“Chris was always incredibly caring and kind. If one of his friends were in need, he was always there for them and would do absolutely anything he could do to help.”

Brian Kennedy, a former roommate, shared memories about Beatty’s unique taste in music. “He obtained his music taste similar to a fisherman using a fishing net: cast it out and see what comes back.”

Kennedy said Beatty introduced him to a wide range of artists he may not have otherwise found, including Ben Harper and the Postal Service. “I hope that wherever he is, he can keep unearthing amazing tunes.”

Although Beatty was known as an outgoing friend, he also cared deeply for his parents and siblings. “His family was always number one. He could not wait for [his brother] Patrick to get to Western,” Manning said.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the King’s Chapel between 7 and 8 p.m.

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