David Beamish, President of DeFelsko Corporation, died peacefully at home on November 4, 2019. He died with his family by his side at the age of 63 after a 32-month battle with cancer.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Beamish studied Civil Engineering at Carleton University where he earned his Bachelor of Engineering. He joined the Bell telephone company 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 David’s father-in-law, Frank Koch. During his time at DeFelsko, Beamish 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. The combination of an analytical mind, congenial personality, strong work ethic, and an innate ability to educate, greatly influenced the company Beamish ran and the relationships it developed.
He travelled the world developing DeFelsko’s distributor network, educating users, and furthering the company’s reach. During Beamish’s 31-year tenure at DeFelsko, the company grew significantly and now employs more than 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 the entire staff and business partners around the world. Linda Beamish, David’s wife, and DeFelsko founder Frank Koch’s daughter, has assumed role as President after 31 years as Vice President. Beamish’s son, Michael, assumes responsibilities as Vice President and General Manager.