A man of many roles

BELOVED: Francis Alexander Beinke took on many roles in his family and the community.

BELOVED: Francis Alexander Beinke took on many roles in his family and the community.

Francis Alexander Beinke was born on December 13, 1954 in Cowell to Bob and Cath Beinke.

His siblings were Margaret, Bernie, Yvonne, Ellen, Leo, Ray, John and Rob.

When Francis was 15 he left school to join his dad on the farm and they were workmates for the next 47 years, a relationship greatly treasured by both men.

They were great environmentalists and shared a deep affinity with the land and hills.

Francie was always a collector, he would drag junk into the yard – a trait he never really outgrew.

He took the motto “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” extremely seriously and had a spectacular collection of antiques, cars and motorbikes.

He also loved music – there was always some playing somewhere, and reading - he amassed an extensive library of reference books through the years.

In the early 80’s, Mr Beinke met a school teacher, Anita Georg, and their relationship bloomed over the next few years.

After they married in 1986, they renovated their house at ‘Oakfield’ and lived many happy years there with their four children, Roslyn, Monica, Justin and Grant.

He was delighted to welcome grandchildren Spencer and Abigail.

His greatest love was for family, especially those older than him, and he would always find time to have a chat, either over the phone or by visiting his aunties and uncles, brothers and sisters, cousins and second cousins.

He also took great care of his elderly parents, especially his dad after the loss of his mum.

He loved travelling, particularly to the outback, as well as a trip to Europe with his wife to visit her family.

Family camping trips were always an adventure.

Sadly, Anita passed away in 2015, and after this he reconnected with an old friend, Carol, and they enjoyed some fun times together.

Mr Beinke became unwell in December 2016 and his last months were mostly spent in hospital in Adelaide.

He escaped when he could to go home where he still found time at 3am to fix a windmill and was very grateful to attend his niece’s wedding at the farm in May.

In his last days he was reminded of how loved and appreciated he was, with visits and phone calls from an enormous number of people, which humbled both himself and his family.

Mr Beinke was an active contributor to the community and was involved in many committees including the Sims Farm Committee, Liberal Party, Apex Club, Cowell Aged Care Cottages Committee, the Port Gibbon Progress Association, National Trust, Road Runners Vintage Car Club and the Eyre Peninsula Field Days Committee.

In the 2016 Census, Mr Beinke filled in the occupation section with the following: farmer, mechanic, aged care worker, vet, slave.

He was a beloved son, brother, father, opa, friend, teacher and provider.

He was kind, generous, patient, a bit of a clown and absolutely irreplaceable.