It is with great sadness that the family of (John) Beverly Prest announce his passing on Saturday, April 3, 2021 in his 73rd year, with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Karen for 53 years. Loving father of Kimberley (Dave) Francis and Tracy (Nik) Gizdic. Adored grandfather of Amberly, Alex, Morgan and Grayson. Loving Pa of honourary daughter Leeanne (Vince) Walter. He will be missed by his brothers Wayne of London, Jim of Bracebridge and Brian (Delores) of Acton as well as brother-in-law Jack (Sheila)Christianson of London and sister-in-law Lianne (Gerry) LeFaive of Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. Predeceased by his parents Marwood and Marjorie (Daley) Prest.
Bev was raised on a farm in McGillivray Township in a log cabin. In 1960, Bev and his family moved into town (Exeter, ON) where he lived until he married Karen in 1967. Bev loved the outdoors, from hunting, fishing, boating, swimming and camping with his family and friends. Later in life his family’s annual trip to the cottage where he taught his grandchildren to fish, took them for boat rides, made great campfires and had lots of laughs playing games into the night brought him great joy!
Bev owned and operated Fabric Master Cleaning Systems for 24 years. He was known for his strong work ethic and respected for his honesty. His attention to detail and doing a great job was a great source of pride for him.
He was also known in the community as a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Bev worked selflessly in the community volunteering his time to share the practical and beneficial teachings found in the Bible. He worked hard to comfort and encourage others in times of needs, sharing his Bible based hope for a better future. As part of honouring his final requests, there will be no service held. (The family, in line with Bev’s wishes, are inviting all to visit www.jw.org where his faith in God’s Kingdom and the resurrection are clearly explained.) Even though this is a very sad time, Bev would direct everyone to the Bible to the wonderful hope that it contains of a resurrection to life in a paradise here on earth.
Special thanks to Dr. Sean Ryan, RN Cassie Parsons, and St Elizabeth Health Care, all the personal support workers and care givers of Southwest LHIN and Hospice at Home.
Thank you to everyone who sent notes of encouragement and prayers. A special thank you to the Brothers and Sisters of the Exeter Congregation for all the donations of food and flowers.
Along with expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate voluntary donations to be made online via www.jw.org to continue supporting the worldwide work, teaching, publishing and disaster relief work of Jehovah’s Witnesses.