Rainham craftsman dies
A DEDICATED craftsman whose work has included hand engraving trophies for sports clubs across the south east has died aged 70.
Dad-of-three Dave Beaumont, from Rainham, passed away on January 31, after a brave battle with liver cancer.
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He leaves Wendy, his wife of 46 years, sons Darren, 42, Mark, 39, and Sean, 36, and seven grandchildren aged three to 14.
Mr Beaumont followed his father, William, into engraving. At the time of his death, he was still working from his workshop at the family home.
Mr Beaumont took great pride in all his commissions and built up a reputation for completing work with precision, fine craftsmanship and artistic flair.
His work had included high profile pieces, including a ring for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Clients included big name jewellers, among them H Samuel and Ernest Jones, as well as smaller family-run firms throughout Kent and neighbouring counties.
Son Mark, who worked alongside his father having followed the career path tradition, said has family had been comforted by the letters of condolence received from clients who had become firm friends.
He said: "There is probably not a trophy cabinet around that has not got a piece of Dad's work in it."
Mr Beaumont's funeral takes place at the Garden of England Crematorium, Bobbing, at 1pm on Wednesday, February 25.
All inquiries to John Weir Funeral Directors, 01634 373111.