It was with enormous sadness that I heard today that one of my friends Steven Beeley has passed away.
For those of you who didn’t know him, he was super intelligent, honest, generous, funny and liberally-minded. We managed to hit it off in seconds, it was impossible not to like Steve.
Steve was a key figure in the founding of The Tutors Association. His energy and enthusiasm is one of the reasons why I become involved with the TTA. He along with Tom Maher and others drove the early growth of the TTA, and reached out to me to get involved in something that the industry really needed.
Steve and I got to meet and talk many times. He had a keen sense of humour and enormous energy and determination to get things done. The term ‘human dynamo’ summed him up best. Throughout his career, he established and built businesses – being an successful entrepreneur he didn’t believe people if they said it could not be done.
He was one of those rare people with massive talent, but no ego whatsoever. He was passionate and poured his heart into everything that he did. Most of us tend to run out of steam sooner or later, but not Steve.
He embraced modern technology in a way that I have rarely seen before, only a month or so ago he wrote his first blog. He asked me for feedback on it – to be honest, it was actually very good. Steve never did anything by halves.
I last spoke to Steve a week or so ago, when we agreed again to meet up for a good meal and even better wine. I cannot believe that this will not happen now.
As someone who regards their family as the most important part of their life, I could emphasise with Steve who always spoke warmly and with great pride about his family. I had the pleasure of meeting his wife Carole and daughter Alexandra at a TTA meeting – such lovely and special people, who I know will be deeply feeling the pain of his departure.
My thoughts go out to his family, I thank him for the way that he showed me how to live and enjoy life. Rest in peace Steve – the world is a lesser place without you.
All the best mate.