City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Eric Beach

Willow Spring, North Carolina

Age 65.
Died 06/01/2023.

Eric  Beach
Eric A. Beach, age 65, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones at UNC Rex Hospital. Eric was born in Troy, NY, on October 6, 1957, to Shirley and Dale Beach and grew up in Latham, NY. He graduated from Shaker High School and received an Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Technology from Hudson Valley Community College. He furthered his education by obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).

Eric began his career when he moved to Endicott, NY, at IBM in 1980, where he worked until 1995. As a Mechanical Engineer at IBM, his major project was providing manufacturing support for the IBM 3890 Bank Check Sorter. He then furthered his professional career when he started working at Lockheed Martin in 1995. As a Mechanical Engineer at Lockheed Martin, his major projects included design/development engineering for multiple mail sorters/feeders, including ST-3000 & PTI-45, and numerous government contracts, including Marine One helicopter and Tactical Wheeled Vehicles.

Even though he was proud of his career, Eric always said he found more joy outside the work office. While working, he found time to own and fix up apartments in Maine, NY. He also built a beautiful home with two of his close friends in Owego, NY. During his retirement, he moved to North Carolina with his family to enjoy the warm weather. He was the most intelligent man who cared deeply for his family. He loved sharing his knowledge with anyone he came across and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Eric was the ultimate handyman and could fix anything, no matter what it was. He enjoyed finding projects around his house and took pride in keeping a well-maintained home.
Eric was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed cross-country skiing, kayaking down countless rivers, exploring new walking trails, and enjoying bonfires with his kids. He loved cruising on his 1985 Yamaha motorcycle, taking countless trips and leisurely rides on backroads. He was an avid boater who enjoyed boating on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY on his Bayliner motorboat; where he created unforgettable memories with his family.

Eric is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Beach of 31 years; his son Brad Beach and his daughter Erica Beach; stepmother Joan Beach; his sister-in-law Sandra Rhoades; niece and nephew, Amelia Beach and Jon Beach. Eric was predeceased by his dad Dale Beach, his mother, Shirley Wheeler Beach, and brother Jeffrey Beach.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremations