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William Warner Beatty


Obituary of William Warner Beatty

William Warner Beatty passed peacefully on July 28th, 2023, in his 80th year, at his home in Niagara Falls. Survived by his wife Diana “Chum” (Desjardins) of 56 years. Loving husband, son, brother, in-law, cousin, nephew; the cool uncle, great uncle, great-great uncle, fantastic neighbour, the big blue guy, man’s best friend’s best friend, Friday lunch companion, oenophile.

Predeceased by his parents William and Valera Beatty. Loving brother of Marion Beam (the late Walter) and Margaret Nunnamaker (Fred).

Sadly missed by family: brother-in-law Gary Desjardins (Carmella), sisters-in-law Lucille Pelletier (the late Guildor) and the late Jeannette Thornton; as well as nieces/nephews living in Ontario, New York State, and New Brunswick in addition to great nieces/nephews and great-great nieces/nephews living in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, New York State, New Brunswick, and Australia.

Warner attended A.N. Myer Secondary School. Surprising to most, he occasionally dropped from the rafters in the gymnasium to perform on the trampoline. He attended the Ontario College of Arts as a Graphic Artist and was employed by Brights Wines Limited, living in Toronto. Warner and Chum moved back to Niagara for Warner to continue with Brights Wines managing their Art Department - developing advertising campaigns, creating successful brands and showcasing Brights Wines at various trade shows. Warner was employed in the wine industry for over 50 years retiring with Trius Winery. He will be missed by the many of the grape growers from the Niagara area.

A great storyteller, with a hearty laugh. A warm, sincere, “give you the shirt off his back”, charismatic, kinda guy. Warner, along with his friends and family enjoyed good times at the Regency Hotel. From the Javelin to Chum’s Heep – Warner embraced fun behind the wheel. A creature of habit – he enjoyed a few glasses of red on the front porch in the summer; and made regular Sunday afternoon phone calls to his sister, Marion.

In addition to a successful career in the wine industry Wm Warner was very active in the Niagara community as a Mason at St. Mark's Lodge No. 25, a fill-in for Santa, and a member of the Stamford Volunteer Fireman's Association.

Cremation has already taken place. Per Warner’s wishes, a private interment at Lundy’s Lane Cemetery will occur in the fall. Arrangements have been entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. Online condolences may be shared on Warner’s tribute page found at

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Janice Murphy
8 months ago

Dear Chum: I was deeply saddened when I heard of Warner’s passing. He was kind and jolly whenever I was in his company and I will remember him fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and please know I am thinking of you.

Jane Embleton
8 months ago

We connected on Facebook in 2022 in the course of my genealogy research and we also spoke on the phone last year as well as exchanging occasional emails since then. We may have met many years ago but I don’t think so. I’m sorry not to have met Warner in person. Condolences to his wife.

Last edited 8 months ago by Jane Embleton
Dave & Sharon Cole
8 months ago

We were very shocked and deeply saddened to read of Warner’s passing this past Sunday.. Our sincerest condolences to you Diana (Chum) and all your close family. Warner will truly be missed. Enjoyed e-mailing various jokes etc. back and forth with him. And also miss those summer stops and enjoyable talks on the veranda while taking a dog walking break. Fun times. Good memories of which you will have even more. So sorry from your former across the street neighbours

Bianca Thornton
8 months ago

I was heartbroken to hear the news of Warner’s passing. I will miss Warner’s lively personality and witty banter. Sending lots of love from Sydney, Australia.

Doug Embleton
8 months ago

So sorry to hear of Warner’s passing. Not only a relative but over the years was a good friend. Rest in peace my friend

Mick and Marg Campisano
8 months ago

Diana we were saddened to read of Warner’s passing. We enjoyed time with both of you during the “Bright’s Bandit’s” slopitch days. Our sincere condolences to you and all of your family.

Bob "Sugar Bob" Bujas
8 months ago

Hey Chum.
Please accept my condolences
I can’t remember when I had such a fun time at work.
He was a very interesting guy and you just never knew what was coming next.


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