Normally I don’t highlight the passing of people in harness racing because if I did, sadly there would be little room for anything else. Let’s face it, you only need to go to the races to realise that there are more people that are closer to the end of their lives than the beginning, involved in our game. Hopefully we can encourage enough youngsters to take their places in the future.
However, when it comes to Trevor Beaton, I felt an exception should be made. He wasn’t a top trainer or driver, he wasn’t even a major breeder. He did dabble in administration, and was a died in the wool harness enthusiast, the sort that are the backbone of our Industry. But most of all, Trevor was an intelligent, thoughtful, caring, gentlemen who treated almost everyone exactly the same..….with respect. I say almost as, in the more than thirty years that I knew him, there was the odd person that he, in his own quiet, subtle way, didn’t, shall we say, rate very highly!
Despite that, Trevor was the sort of guy who you were proud to say was a friend or acquaintance, and his cheery disposition, even when his looks told you that he was suffering badly, will be sorely missed on and off the track.