Remembering Susan Beharriell

Dec 10, 2022

Susan Farrell Beharriell February 1, 1954 – December 1, 2022

Susan’s marvellous dedication to the community and beyond is evident in her many volunteer activities over the past 15+ years. She regularly rolled up her sleeves and contributed in notable ways within King Township, serving on the Sustainability Advisory Committee, chairing Climate Action King, welcoming and supporting newcomers to Canada through King for Refugees, and becoming an active member of the King Horticultural Society.

Susan had a passion for creating gardens with native plants to attract pollinators, and was always happy to give fascinating guided tours of her multiple gardens to visitors. She took interest in monarch butterflies and participated in science programs with special kits to see monarch’s safely through their life cycle until adults would emerge from their chrysalises and begin their journey south to Mexico for the winter.

Susan embraced the future and was one of the first in the province to have a “microfit” solar array installed on her property over ten years ago which continues to generate clean, renewable power for Ontario’s grid.

In many ways, Susan was a devoted educator, always willing to share helpful knowledge on a wide range of topics. Her regular, thoughtful deputations and insightful comments will be missed in King Township Council Meetings by many in King.

Susan become an adept horse woman later in life. She took great pride in her horses, and enjoyed so much being part of the equestrian culture. She rode regularly near Palgrave at Frank Grelo’s Equestrian Center. She was very devoted to becoming a very adept horse woman.

Susan has left us all a wonderful example of embracing life to its fullest, pursuing dreams, and seeking to make a positive difference in the community and the wider global community.

Obituary from the Kingston Whig Standard

LCol (Ret’d) Susan Beharriell, OMM, CD

Susan Farrell Beharriell February 1, 1954 – December 1, 2022. Susan passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents, Professor S. Ross Beharriell and Patricia (Robinson) Beharriell C.M. She is survived by her brother Rick (Della), sister Jane (David), and niece Elizabeth.

Susan enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 19 before attending Queen’s University and was in the first platoon of women taking the same basic training as the men. Some of her postings as an intelligence officer included CFB Cold Lake, Air Command Headquarters in Winnipeg, the Privy Council on Parliament Hill, the Combined Intelligence Centre for NORAD/US Space Command Headquarters in Colorado Springs, and the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

In retirement Susan was a fierce advocate for all things environmental and was committed to women’s rights and gender equality. She continued to travel extensively, developed a love of gardening, and delighted in watching the birds at her various feeders. Susan was perhaps happiest riding her horse.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Sunnybrook, especially Dr. Eskander, for all their care and compassion. Thanks also to the staff at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital.

Cremation will be followed by interment at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. For those who wish, donations may be made in Susan’s name to the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook.