BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The News 4 Buffalo family is mourning the loss of one of its finest former photographers, Steve Beauchamp.
Beauchamp worked at Channel 4 from 1984 through 2004.
He was among the second generation of photographers who helped define a changing newsroom in the early days when video tape replaced film.
When cancer invaded his body he showed great courage in fighting back.
Beauchamp cut the ribbon for the Hospice Memorial Walk in Buffalo this past May.
He had already lived longer than the time doctors had given him.
“Steve had a passion for the issues of the day and wasn’t afraid to express his opinions to reporters during the news gathering process,” said News 4 Senior Correspondent Rich Newberg.
Beauchamp covered many big stories, including the 9/11 attacks on New York City, and the O.J. Simpson trial.
“And when his time was ticking away, he accepted his fate with great courage,” Newberg said. “He really was a leader in so many ways.”
News 4 Photographer Dan Summerville, who also worked with Beauchamp for two decades, spoke of his colleague’s struggle with cancer.
“I remember how he fought this battle, this disease,” said Summerville. “How he fought it with grace and dignity. How he lifted everybody up around him.”
Summerville quoted a message from his children.
“Don’t mourn my loss, remember my life,” Summerville said “That’s what we plan to do.”
Steve Beauchamp had moved to Texas, but came back to Buffalo to be with his two children in the last months of his life. He was 58-years-old.