Stephen Beazer’s life had been dedicated to his love of surfing and he had travelled all over the world, supporting this passion. When he died in December 2013 at the age of 58, his friend Julie had alerted the Finders team to his death as Stephen had left a will, but it had been unsigned and was therefore invalid.
Case manager Katie Watson was able to move quickly on the case and she discovered that Stephen had come from a large and very close family. He had, however, drifted apart from his family after childhood. His cousins had not realised that he had been ill, but they were extremely grateful to the Finders team as they were able to attend his funeral at very short notice.
The cousins remembered Stephen and the family gatherings with extreme fondness. Stephen had married, but his wife had died very young at the age of 43. Travelling to the Welsh town he had lived in, cousins Rita and Anne were able to visit his flat and uncovered large stocks of family photos and mementos to his wife.
In all, Katie’s research uncovered 18 heirs to Stephen’s £100,000 estate, but for Rita and Anne, Finders’ work had other value. They were able to meet up with Stephen’s friends Julie and Natalie, and find out about the last years of his life. Julie and Natalie were able to reassure Rita and Anne that Stephen had lots of friends and he had been a welcome member of the local community. That community had gathered together a collection after he died, using the money to create a flower surfboard wreath which was launched out to sea in his memory.
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