THE marine surveying community is mourning the recent passing of veteran mariner and surveyor Steve Beale.
His death followed complications associated with injuries from a horse fall.
Steve Beale was born in Sydney in 1963 but grew up at Tannum Sands on the Queensland Central Coast. His father was a chief engineer and 18-year-old Steve took a similar path and was sent to the Australian Maritime College at the behest of his first employer BHP.
As a young man he enjoyed playing sport (and playing up) and some current AMSA surveyors and managers can recall playing with him at rugby.
After BHP he worked as first officer for the shipping business Alsoc and became a captain.
When he left the sea and came ashore he started Rodds Bay Maritime in the mid-1990s which became a successful ship repair and survey business.
He met Captain Mike Bozier who became a close friend and was also his mentor. Mike was the president of the Australian Institute of Marine Surveyors from 1987 until 1990 and then again from 1995 until 1999.
Steve Beale in turn became AIMS president in 2013 after the death of Mike Bozier. He was an active president and during his time at the helm donated at least $100,000 to the organisation to assist it to become the peak industry body that it is today.
Steve Beale also owned and established a business called MIPEC (a service supplier for the mining, marine, oil and gas sectors nationally and throughout the Australasian region) and was nominated for several awards at the prestigious Golding Conference in 2012.
Away from the marine world, he was said to love horses and the bush. He was a good grazier and recently learned the art of cutting quarter horses. Just last year, he won his first buckle (a horse-riding award).
In his home town of Gladstone he was a well-known and much-loved character.
A funeral is to be held at the Gladstone Marine at noon on Friday 7 September, to be followed by a wake at his property.
Steve Beale is survived by his wife Susan, three children and nine grandchildren.
With help from Susan Hull