‘His children meant the world to him’ — tributes flow for Sam Beach after shock death at Albany charity event

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Tributes have flowed for Albany father Sam Beach.
Camera IconTributes have flowed for Albany father Sam Beach.

The heartbroken parents of an Albany man who died after an incident at a charity concert have paid tribute to a loving, hardworking son whose children meant the world to him.

Sam Beach — “Beachy” to his mates — died in hospital on August 1, the day after he was found unresponsive outside Centennial Stadium.

It is understood he was found at the bottom of a tiered section outside the venue about 11.45pm, after attending a concert which was raising money for Albany Community Hospice.

The 29-year-old’s shock death triggered an outpouring of emotion from his family and friends.

His parents, Rex and Cathy, said he loved the great outdoors and he was in his element when he was camping or out on the ocean.

“Sam was a loving, caring, compassionate, hard-working man with a keen sense of humour and a wicked smile,” they said.

“He was known as ‘Beachy’ to his friends and colleagues. We guess they liked him for the same reasons as we have just described. But it was more than that.

“He was always keen to help out mates and truly valued their friendship. Beachy loved to be out and about and a good chat and a beer with mates.”

Earlier this year, Mr Beach had his driver’s licence taken away after an epileptic seizure.

He was diagnosed with epilepsy at an early age and then grew out of it in primary school only for it to return in recent years.

While he worried about his epilepsy, he did not let it define him or stop him enjoying the company of his family and friends.

For the past seven months, Mr Beach and his oldest daughter lived with his parents.

They are memories Rex and Cathy will “cherish forever”.

He leaves behind three children and one stepchild.

“Sam was a loving father to his children and stepson, who meant the world to him,” his parents said.

“As parents, we were so fortunate to have a son who felt he could confide in us when difficult times or key decisions had to be made.”

Police are investigating the circumstances of Mr Beach’s death as they prepare a report for the Coroner.

“From all reports, Sam was happy and having a great night dancing and chatting with lots of people,” his parents said.

“We are all struggling to cope with this tragedy, however we have been surrounded by his network of friends and his brother Matt, and the rest of our families with loving support.

“We would also like to express our deep gratitude to everyone involved in finding Sam, trying to help him and staying with him until the ambulance arrived.

“We would also like to thank staff in the Albany Health Campus emergency department for their amazing and tireless efforts in giving Sam the best care possible.”

A funeral service for Mr Beach will be held at Albany Surf Life Saving Club at 1pm on Friday.

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