1983 - 2005
"Look out for us, mate"
Someone left the cake out in
the rain –
I don’t think that I can take it,
‘cause it took so long to bake it,
And I’ll never have that recipe again…
was born in Sydney on 23rd August, 1983 and lived all his life
in this city, moving from Mosman (on Sydney harbour) when six
months old, to the North Shore (Sydney) suburb of St. Ives.
James was a happy, contented little boy, with a ‘wicked’
smile and laughing eyes, but a rather shy (until you got to know
After attending a local primary school, he attended Barker College
in Hornsby from Year 3 until his Higher School Certificate in
2001. There he made many friends, including his girlfriend of
the last two years (until his death), Rachael. He is remembered
by them all as being highly individual, and ‘marching to
his own drum’, which included dining hall food fights, and
generally pushing boundaries. Whilst there, he represented Barker
at chess, at which he was once rated 6th in the State for age.
James was also a very competent swimmer, tennis player and golfer
– though his dad says James was all about driving as hard
as he could, and forget the putting!
In the last few years, James’ favourite things were partying
with his friends, hanging out with Rachael and playing computer
games, especially War Craft, at which he excelled. He very much
enjoyed Techo Music, especially trance, and his family now really
misses the ‘thump thump’ coming through his bedroom
James was at Macquarie University studying for a degree in Information
Technology, and worked part time in a local drive-through bottle
An anecdote here serves to demonstrate his dry humour: When he
was small (and enjoyed playing in cardboard boxes), he decorated
one and was playing in it on our driveway, when it began to rain.
He played on for a while longer, until the rain started entering
the box. When this happened, he stuck his head outside and shook
it, saying mournfully, “Ten million bucks, and the roof
leaks!” He must have been only about seven.
James was killed early on the morning of Sunday, 15th May, 2005,
when his car struck a telegraph pole. He leaves behind his grieving
parents, younger sisters, Belinda and Shannon, girlfriend Rachael,
grandparents and many, many friends, who gather regularly and
keep his memory fresh.
James once said in a moment of magnificence that when he died
he would like to be shot into space – so we are pleased
to be able to make this come true for him.
He was healthy, happy, good-looking and funny. We miss him SO
The Family of James W. Bean