Obituary for Christopher Beach
Sad news occurred Wednesday morning with the passing of Christopher Beach (58), a well known Manitoban singer/songwriter/playwright and author. Chris (Ojibway/Métis) was from the Manitoba Interlake community of Vogar.
Chris was a tireless performer well-known for stepping up to the mic at community events, local coffeehouses and festivals like Jammin’ in the Jackpine held in Mafeking, Manitoba. He released several albums with classic country and gospel influences which gained a large fan base within the Indigenous community.
“Chris loved music, he was an artist, he was a self-taught musician from the time my mother gave him a guitar for a Christmas present when he was fifteen, he picked up the guitar. His favorite was Hank Williams Jr., and that’s how he began his music career. He was passionate about his music and the contributions he made.” shared his sister Debbie Beach-Ducharme.
“My Soap Opera Woman,” became the #1 song for Chris on NCI radio in 2002, the song also received “Single of the Year” at the 2002 NCI Jam talent show. His follow up hit was “Number #1 on NCI,” true to form, did reach the number one position on the Aboriginal Music Countdoown.
His other well known radio hits include “My Soap Opera Woman,” “Tell Me Lies” and two songs inspired by his Mother, “Maano” and “Mama’s Métis Eyes.”
Chris lived in Winnipeg and was also a teacher and counselor who received his teaching degree and counseling certificate from the University of Manitoba in 1991. He came from a large family of six girls and five boys, and has a total of seven children and many foster children.
For most of his career, he worked with Indigenous youth, connecting with issues such as suicide and the foster care system.
“Storytelling was very important to Chris, he was passionate about the issues affecting our community. He felt good about being able to put it down on paper and helping people though his plays and the book he wrote.” added Debbie.
In 2007 he wrote the multimedia play “Kigeet” which was performed in Winnipeg and Oklahoma City by film and television actor Adam Beach (Chris was Adam’s uncle/adoptive father). He also wrote a novel in 2015 entitled, Indian Joe Blow: Pishikii-Kigeet-Black Eagle Thunderbird Man (published by Author House). It follows the story of Joe, a foster child who falls through the cracks of the system.
“Chris also ran a Sweat Lodge, he was very passionate about the teachings that were handed down to him from the Elders. He was close to my Grandmother who raised him. He was a kind, generous person, who took care of people all of his life.”
Chris will be laid to rest in his home community of Vogar, a wake is also being planned to take place at Blessings Church in Winnipeg on December 26, 2016 from 6:00- 11:00 PM with a service on December 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM.
Meegwetch Chris, you have left us with many of your gifts. May your journey be a blessed one. A-Ho.
Author David McLeod
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Christopher Wayne
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