Hundreds farewell Craig Beauchamp
It was standing room only at the Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to honour the life of Craig Beauchamp.
Craig, who owned and operated Bay Crane Services, was well-known for his love of motorcycles, his work as a skilled crane operator and for being a hard worker and friend to many.
Father to Max and Brooke, sadly, Craig passed away on October 29 at age 56, after a long battle with cancer.
Friends and family spoke at Craig’s funeral of his carefree, generous easy-going nature which drew a lot of people towards him. Known as Sleepy, Beechy and by other nicknames, Craig’s sense of humour, his fearlessness, and his love of adventure, travel and story-telling reminded one friend of a Barry Crump type of character.
Born in Taumarunui, Craig and his family moved to Mount Maunganui in 1974, where he attended Mount Primary and later Otumoetai College. He worked for Todd & Pollock, spent time travelling overseas, raised his family on a block of land at Pahoia, and grew a respected business as a crane operator.
“He shared his talents, gifts and abilities so generously with those around him,” says funeral celebrant Fergus Keith. “His smile, his joy, his love of life surrounded him wherever he went. Our life has been made better because Craig has been part of it.”
Bay Crane Services operating at the Port of Tauranga. Photo: Bay Crane Services Facebook page
Friends and family of Craig wrote messages collated by friend Tanya Trass into a Facebook group which they have shared with SunLive.
“[Here are] a few messages from some of your family and friends who loved you and will miss you dearly,” says Tanya.
“Dad, you are such a fun person to be around, every night with you would have plenty of laughs and smiles. Our moments will be missed deeply. Love Max,” writes Max Beauchamp, Craig’s son.
“I have always looked up to you big brother and will miss you heaps,” says Scott Beauchamp.
The Goodman Social Club wrote “Our brother, our cousin and our friend. Whanau occasions will never be the same without you. Your stories and antics will be missed. May our thoughts of love forever guide you on your next adventure x”