Media colleagues mourn death of Richard Beaton

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A former broadcaster best known for his work with CBC television and radio in St. John’s has died.

Richard Beaton spent time hosting the St. John’s Morning Show amongst other programs and hosted a television program devoted to issues of faith called “Dialogue” for over a decade.

His death was confirmed Sunday by the official Twitter account for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. “We are so sad to say that Richard Beaton, our friend and one of our former hosts and voices, died today.”

Former CBC weatherman Karl Wells was a colleague of Beaton for many years. Wells said Beaton was a gregarious man who was particularly kind to newcomers at CBC.

Beaton worked in Quebec and New Brunswick before joining CBC in Newfoundland and Labrador. In his later years, Beaton was a volunteer broadcaster for St. John’s radio station VOWR. He also gave tours of Government House in St. John’s and was an active volunteer in the city.

Politicians and journalists have been offering condolences through Twitter since news broke of Beaton’s passing. St. John’s city councillor Tom Hann said Beaton was “A man of the world and a friend,” while St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers said Beaton was a gracious and generous gentleman who had a “beautiful voice ... like silk.”

CBC reporter David Cochrane called Beaton “a sweet man,” while NTV News anchor Lynn Burry said he was “a lovely man.”

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Organizations: CBC, Government House, NTV News

Geographic location: Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Boyd Holloway
    November 19, 2013 - 20:47

    Shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Richard's untimely passing. I first met Richard at CBC in 1977 when he interviewed me for "Summer Scene". Later I was his guest on several occasions on Dialogue, where he was always kind and gracious - always concerned that he might somehow embarrass or offend, which he never did, of course. Our last meeting was about five years ago when we chatted over coffee at a cafe on Water Street, and caught up on life and family. A true gentleman ... I will miss him. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.

  • Phillip - Yards Are Us
    November 18, 2013 - 16:05

    My deepest condolences to the Beaton family. May Mr. Beaton Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at tis time.

  • Bill Akerley
    November 18, 2013 - 13:24

    Richard was a wonderful colleague at CBC and a life-long friend. We met at Radio UNB, the radio station of the University of NB in 1965. We spoke last just about a month ago. Heartfelt condolences to his wife, family, colleagues and friends.