ENRIQUE Beech, a two-time Olympian as a shooter who also excelled in football, died in his sleep on Wednesday. He was 92.
According to information reaching the Philippine Sports Commission where Beech held the position of consultant, the Olympian was already dead when his wife tried to wake him up to report for work on Wednesday morning.
Beech represented the Philippines in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic trap shooting event after winning a bronze medal in the 1954 Asian Games.
He also found success in football playing for San Beda, and later on with the national team in the 1940s until a knee injury forced him to change his sport. Beech also took up the sport of golf.
Beech was enshrined to the San Beda Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 together with basketball legend Caloy 'The Big Difference' Loyzaga, and the late Fide president Florencio Campomanes.
Despite his age, Beech reported for work regularly at the PSC office, often regaling people with stories about the glory days of Philippine sports.