Sandy Beach, AA Speaker, Passes Away In A Powerful Way
An inspiring message will always be carried and remembered as the words of wisdom continue to be passed of the legacy left by Richard John Beach, also known as Sandy B. by fellows in the rooms of 12-Step Fellowship Alcoholics Anonymous. Sandy Beach AA speaker passed away this past year at 83 years old but will not be forgotten.
Sandy Beach AA Speaker
With an inspiring message to last a lifetime, Sandy was known for being keen on enhancing spirituality and saw no ceiling when it came to growth in that particular area. However, he wasn’t always geared in such a positive direction. Having grown up in Connecticut, he picked up his first drink during his college years at Yale University under the impression that it made him feel more outgoing. Soon after school, Sandy joined the Marine Corps and traveled to Florida, Virginia, and Japan. However, his alcoholism only progressed over time. He was eventually able to find a solution with Alcoholics Anonymous and had his last drink on December 7, 1964, which was also Pearl Harbor Day, as he was always sure to point out to others. Sandy’s passing has reignited the basis of the principles behind living a sober life in recovery and applying them in the moment as life occurs to sustain the daily reprieve in spite of any trials or tribulations that may lure toward a deviant path.
It was in 1994 that Sandy Beach, AA member, put emphasis on one of the fellowship’s most imperative suggestions, “The point of the first step, quite frankly, is to convince you that your situation is a lot worse than you think it is.” He had often expressed how crucial it was that this step be taken entirely. “‘Almost’ doesn’t cut it,” he had said. “Almost getting sober is very much like almost having a parachute after the plane gets blown up and you’re up in the air.” Being a dependable and dedicated man, Sandy continued to take suggestions of the program he worked in Alcoholics Anonymous and actively worked with members by participating in sponsorship, which meant he took other alcoholics through the twelve steps to recover, ultimately having the mental and physical obsession of drinking lifted as a result. “He could take the most complex thoughts you could come up with and distill it in simple terms,” Chris B. from Tampa, Florida spoke of the late Beach, whose last name wasn’t revealed in accordance of the anonymity directed by the traditions of the twelve step fellowship program’s principles. Many other members of the program who spoke of Sandy agreed of the man’s wise persona, also adding he could be shy but humorous as well. “There were times when the Marine came out, the salty language,” 63-year-old Dick C. described of Sandy. “He’d say, ‘What part of the blankety-blank do you not blankety-blank understand?’ Then he’d sit back and smile. He wasn’t mad. He was just getting your attention.”
Staying Sober Through Struggles
Like others in the rooms of twelve step fellowships, Sandy saw real tragedies, and with the support of his fellows, he was able to work through it and remain sober. In 2010, his 48-year-old daughter Barbara Hamburg was discovered beaten to death near her home in Madison, Connecticut. That same year just a few short months later, his other daughter Catherine, 52, also passed away due to liver problems. Dealing with his own ongoing physical pain and heart problems, Sandy was having a difficult time catching a break. He even ended up spending several weeks in the hospital after falling to the ground in September, later being mobile with a walker and wheelchair. The man was always sure to find relief from life’s stressors by redirecting himself to the solution of recovery where he could practice true gratitude of life.
Sandy Beach AA Life And Death
An Alcoholics Anonymous member Randy M. brought Sandy to his last meeting on Sunday night at 7:30 pm. The two were attending their meeting at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. The meeting was supposed to have a speaker discuss a step. While Randy went to grab some black coffee for the man, Sandy waited, perhaps looking tired. “I asked him if he was okay,” Randy explained Sandy’s last words. “He looked at me and said, ‘Thanks for bringing me to the meeting, buddy.’” Randy went to grab the man some black coffee and came back hearing his friend abruptly fell forward onto page 23 of the Alcoholics Anonymous literature, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, which ironically just so happened to discuss the first step – the most meaningful one to Sandy. As sad as the man’s death may be, Sandy lived a long life with an inspiring message sent about the gifts that sobriety can bring when you are honesty, open-minded, and willing to recover.
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