Vale, Frank Beauchamp

January 07, 2022
Image shows Frank Beauchamp, Inaugural President of Guide Dogs SA/NT, standing with one foot up on an earthmover in an empty paddock at the sod turning of Beau’s Pet Hotel in 2016. A yellow Labrador, former Ambassadog Tango, sits at his feet wearing a Guide Dogs coat.

Founder and inaugural President of Guide Dogs SA/NT, Frank Beauchamp, sadly passed away on 29 December 2021, aged 89.

Francis Todd ‘Frank’ Beauchamp was the originator of the Guide Dog movement in South Australia and the Northern Territory. In 1957, Frank and the APEX Club of Adelaide launched the Guide Dogs Association of South Australia, the first organisation of its kind in the state. It was Frank’s vision to ensure that there would be a life-changing Guide Dog available to everyone who needed one.

Thanks to Frank and his contemporaries, Guide Dogs SA/NT now has a long and exemplary history of training and partnering Guide Dogs with those who need them. Today, over 60 years later, we continue to service Frank’s vision to empower people living with low vision, blindness and specialised support needs and their families to achieve independence, participation, inclusion and wellbeing.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Judith. He was a much-loved father and father-in-law to Angela and Bill, James and Wendy, Andrew and Lisa and Dave and Pam. He will be remembered by his 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

On behalf of everyone at Guide Dogs SA/NT and in the broader Guide Dogs Australia community, we pass on our deepest condolences to his family. His incredible legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of the many people whose lives have been forever changed by his work.


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