Here is an obituary for my father written by Tom Hawthorn. It appears in today’sGlobe and Mail
COLIN BEALE, 73 B.C. forestry analyst became a nude model TOM HAWTHORN Vancouver — Colin Beale, who has died at the age of 73, published a newsletter on the British Columbia forest industry. After retiring, he returned to an earlier calling as a nude model. Beale’s Letter, launched in 1972, provided reportage on the state of the province’s largest industry sector. The newsletter’s contents were cited a handful of times during debate in the provincial legislature, according to Hansard. After 20 years of publishing, Mr. Beale took up drawing and painting. One day when a male model failed to show for a class, Mr. Beale took his place on a lark. He first posed as a nude art model on completing service in the Royal Navy when he found himself without money in Paris. The experience left him with a desire to be on the other side of the easel, an ambition he put aside while earning a living. He took seriously his return to modelling, studying the classic poses and relying on yoga and meditation when it became necessary to hold a pose for as long as 50 minutes. He posed at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Mr. Beale was born on Jan. 8, 1933, at Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He hailed from a family of accomplishment. An uncle, Sir Louis Beale, represented Britain as general commissioner to the New York World’s Fair of 1939. Mr. Beale died of a stroke on Aug. 27 at his home in North Vancouver. He leaves a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, a brother and a sister.