Edward J. Beargeon passed away on June 17, 2019 with family by his side, six days shy of his 98th birthday. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts on June 23, 1921, the son of Edgar A. Beargeon and Ellen T. Sullivan. Graduated Springfield High School and Union College in Schenectady, New York. Two sisters predeceased him, Teresa Mayer and Mary Alice Sherwood. A WWII veteran serving four years in the Army stationed in the European and African theaters during his term. Upon his return, he married Virginia M. Dupuis of Woodstock, Vermont on April 26, 1947. They lived in several locations in New England, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and eventually retired to Suncook, New Hampshire. Edward and Virginia were married for sixty six years, until Virginia's death in February of 2013. They had two daughters, Carol E. Antak, deceased, and Christine B. Carini of Franklin, MA. Ed is also survived by one grandson, Matthew C. Carini, 27. Edward thoroughly enjoyed watching Matthew play basketball and football in high school and college. Edward and Virginia devoted a lot of time to their grandson, savoring every moment while watching him grow up. Together they always came up with some adventure or entertaining event.
Edward worked for F.W. Woolworth's as a store manager for thirty years. He also held executive positions for Denbys and The Fashion in New York, The Outlet in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and Myer Brothers in New Jersey. Ed was an avid golfer and skier, continuing to enjoy both activities into his nineties. He sang in several church choir groups and later sang with the Franklin Massachusetts Senior Center at local nursing homes. Edward was a history buff and he continued working after his retirement as a New England & Canadian tour guide. He was also a tour guide for Shaker Village of Canterbury, New Hampshire which culminated in him being featured in a book of New England by National Geographic. During his retirement, Edward also volunteered and later worked for Special Olympics of New Hampshire.
Edward loved to travel. He and Virginia vacationed all over the United States, as well as Aruba, the Virgin Islands, Canada, and Barbados. In 2015, he enjoyed a trip to Washington D.C. with some of his relatives to see the WWII Memorial. He was especially proud of his service during the war. At age 93, he took an Alaskan cruise by himself and then the following year enjoyed a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi.
Edward valued family and loved spending time with his relatives. He was truly interested in the lives of others. Edward loved to take Sunday drives with his family to visit his relatives or to just go for an ice cream, his favorites being butter crunch and maple walnut. Ed was a great conversationalist, interesting and well versed in many areas. His memory and mind were sharp as a tac and he remained a trooper until the end. Ed was a wonderful uncle as well. He made it a priority to get to know his nieces and nephews and was dearly loved by many of them.
In Edward's last years, time was spent having lunch with friends and relatives, reading, and watching sports. He loved tooling around in his car, going to the senior center daily, visiting Virginia’s gravesite in Bourne, or just doing errands. He was our energizer bunny and wore a smile on his face most of the time. He was also called “Smiley” by the people who helped care for him in his final days.
Having lived life to the fullest, he was a true example of “living” right up to the very end. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Arrangements will be private at the request of Ed's family. Arrangements under the care of James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole, MA 02081.
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