Richard John Beach—better known as “Sandy” Beach—gives one of his last AA talks at the 17th annual Pennsylvania state convention of Alcoholics Anonymous in 2010. Sandy was a beloved circuit speaker who passed away in 2014 with 49 years of sobriety.

Sandy, a former fighter pilot with the Marines, has spoken at hundreds of AA conventions, retreats and other such meetings over the years. He speaks with both humor and humility, and it’s obvious he has a remarkable gift for explaining his journey with the steps.

Sandy begins this talk by discussing a recent tragedy in his life, the murder of his eldest daughter Barbara, herself five years sober. To hear this man discuss how he continues to get through such a horrible time in his life without picking up a drink is simply amazing.

Listen to Sandy discuss how he morphed from a “hopeless drunk confined to the nut ward” into a sober man of God who draws upon the strength of his Higher Power and the fellowship of Alcoholic Anonymous.

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