President of DeFelsko Corp. Passes Away
David John Beamish, President of DeFelsko Corp., died on Nov. 4, 2019, after a 32-month battle with cancer. Beamish was 63.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Beamish studied civil engineering at Carleton University where he earned his Bachelor of Engineering. He joined the Bell Telephone Co. after graduation, ultimately becoming recognized as a Professional Engineer. In his spare time, he ran his own software development company and pursued his passion for flying powered and unpowered (glider) aircraft.
It was while volunteering as a gliding instructor that he met his wife of 32 years, Linda. After marrying, they left their respective professional careers to join DeFelsko, a small distributor and manufacturer of testing instrumentation with fewer than 10 employees started by Beamish’s father-in-law, Frank Koch.
During Beamish’s time at DeFelsko, he was responsible for its worldwide sales and distribution channels, while contributing significantly to new product development and associated marketing initiatives. He chaired and participated in many industry committees, including ASTM, SSPC, and NACE and actively worked to improve the standards and processes of the industry for the benefit of all stakeholders.
Beamish’s combination of an analytical mind, congenial personality, strong work ethic, and an innate ability to educate, greatly influenced the company he ran and the relationships it developed. He travelled the world developing DeFelsko’s distributor network, educating users and furthering the company’s reach.
His ability to communicate with his colleagues, industry contacts, and end-users set Beamish apart from his peers. He gained a comprehensive understanding of what the market required and inspired the DeFelsko team to meet those industry needs. During Beamish’s 31-year tenure at DeFelsko, the company has grown significantly, and today DeFelsko employs over 90 employees, has distribution in nearly every country, and is a leader in the inspection equipment industry.
The DeFelsko team has lost a beloved and honest friend who will be greatly missed by its entire staff and business partners around the world. Linda Beamish, David’s wife, and DeFelsko founder Frank Koch’s daughter, has assumed David’s role as President after 31 years working alongside David in her previous role as Vice President. David’s son Michael assumes responsibilities as Vice President and General Manager.
Service details are available at https://memorials.irvinefuneralhome.com/david-beamish/4011333/index.php.