Beaton, Kenzie John 1990 – 2012

February 5, 2012

Left to mourn are his parents Debbie and A.J. Beaton, and his siblings, Kayla, Miya and Maggie… extended family and many friends.

Article written By Verna Murphy (View fromFort McMurray)

You may have heard about Kenzie John Beaton, but only through a cold “fact-filled” news clip.

Kenzie went to Jasper this past weekend with buddies from home for some skiing. He had been working in Edson, Alta.

The details of his death are still cloudy, but we do know that the boys went out to a bar and returned to their hotel room Saturday evening. We know that their room was adjoined to another room and that through that door someone complained of the noise, but we do not know which side filed the complaint.

The police say Kenzie was stabbed by Cody Kyle Jensen who will be in court later this month.

Kenzie passed away in anEdmontonhospital.

That’s the “news stuff” and now I will tell you about Kenzie, the Kenzie that we all knew and loved.

And when I say “we” I mean the community ofMabouHarbour, where Kenzie grew up with his mom and dad, Debbie and A.J., and his siblings, Kayla, Miya and Maggie 

I also mean “we,” his family who surrounded him both physically, spiritually and mentally when he was growing up. I mean “we” his friends who are all in so much grief that it breaks my heart to see all the suffering and I mean “we” the entire county of Inverness and the residents of the communities there, who are spread out across the country or still living at home, who mourn the young man’s loss.

The news clip does not tell you that Kenzie was brought up in a wonderful home by parents who love their children like children should be loved, unconditionally and totally. His parents could be found at the hockey rink cheering Kenzie on from the bleachers or coaching the team from the bench. They played together and as Kenzie grew older, they worked together in the fishing industry.

The news clip does not tell you that Kenzie grew up surrounded by love since his aunts and uncles all lived nearby. It does not tell you that his grandmother will be broken-hearted that she cannot look out her window to see him coming down the field or that his other grandparents are some of the nicest people that you will ever know and for them it is a second tragedy as their son died in an accident when he was young.

The news clip does not tell you that Kenzie loved to dance to Randy Travis when he was fussy as a baby. It doesn’t tell you that he was going to be an uncle in a few months and he would have been so fantastic in that role. He was so good with kids, always patient and funny. He was good with everyone though, young and old will say that Kenzie always had a smile on his face and always was ready to lend a hand if something had to be done.

The news does not tell you that my younger cousins are devastated with the loss of their best friend and close neighbour (we all lived on the same lane) or that all of his friends are trying to support each other as they grieve.

It does not tell you how they will probably hate the thought of coming out west now, because if something like this could happen to Kenzie, it could happen to anyone.

And the news does not tell you that his parents were on their way to be with their son and he passed away before they were able to reach him.

To the Beaton and MacDonald families, I cannot begin to express my grief for all of you.

I wish I was home to say goodbye to Kenzie and to be with you all. I love and miss you, but I am so proud to have known and loved Kenzie and I will hold that part in my heart in the coming days.

Verna Murphy is a former resident of Port Hawkesbury. Her column appears weekly in the Cape Breton Post. She can be reached at:


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