Robert G. Beauregard, age 79, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his immediate family in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Known affectionally to his family and friends as "Poppy", "Beau" or "Bob", he was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 9, 1939 to his parents Rose (Feron) and Gaston Beauregard. He was their youngest of four sons, including his brothers Jacques, William and Gaston, Jr. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Carole (nee Lalonde). They were wed in London, Ontario on September 29, 1962. Bob and Carole have two children, Kevin (Tish) and Michael (Molly), and six loving grandchildren, Greer, Madeline, Camille, Bobby, Charlie and Ryan.
Bob attended Loyola College in Montreal, graduating in 1960 with B.A. in Economics. At Loyola, he was an all-around athlete with great drive and spirit, making him a natural and respected leader in college. Bob was a high-scoring right wing and captain on four championship hockey teams, quarterback on two championship football teams, and a member of the varsity curling team. He is a member of the Loyola Hall of Fame and was sought-after by some NHL hockey teams. Bob was President of the Loyola College Alumni Association. He later earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, for which he served as President of its Alumni Association, New York chapter.
Bob began his career in advertising, starting first at the ad agency Spitzer, Mills and Bates followed by a 21-year career at J. Walter Thompson, a global advertising operation for which he served in executive leadership roles at the firm's offices in Montreal, Vancouver, Brussels, Detroit and New York. After J.W.T., he was with Times Mirror Publishing Company for eight years, serving as President of their Sports Marketing Group and Group Publisher of Golf Magazine, Ski, Skiing, Saltwater Sportsman and Yachting magazines. Later, he founded a marketing communications and consulting company in Manhattan in 1995, co-founded HBA MatchMaker Media, and served as Lead Director of Cossette Advertising in Montreal. He finished his professional career as a consultant for Allegra Marketing & Printing - Naples.
Bob was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 23 years old, yet lived a full life dedicating much of his personal time on foundations and programs committed to its cure. Despite the limitations of the disease, he lived a life filled with sports, optimism and hope. He was a loyal and engaged husband, father, grandfather, coach and friend. He was committed to many mission-oriented local and national non-profit organizations, including Freedom Waters, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), for which he served as the President for the JDRF Sun Gulf Coast chapter and celebrated as the Erwin Lurie JDRF National Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Bob was a fourth-degree member for the Knights of Columbus - St William Assembly No. 3020, where he served as Grand Knight.
His love for sports led to active memberships at Oakland Hills Country Club, Scarsdale Golf Club (President), Bras Coupe Hunting & Fishing Club, Naples Grande Golf Club, Club Pelican Bay and served as Co-chair for the official opening of Detroit's Joe Louis Arena (home of the Detroit Red Wings from 1979 to 2016) and the 1980 NHL All Star Game.
He was a frequent prankster, where no person (young, old, sick or healthy) was off limits in his attempts to raise spirits with laughter. We all find it fitting that Bob chose to meet God on the eve of Mischief Night. We will miss him dearly.
A memorial mass will be held at St. William Church, Naples, FL in early 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to JDRF Sun Gulf Coast - Robert G Beauregard Legacy Fund, 3369 Pine Ridge Rd Ste. 202, Naples, FL 34109.