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William J. Beaubien

November 2, 1921 ~ March 17, 2020 (age 98)


William J. Beaubien, 98, formerly of Turners Falls and Ft. Myers, Florida died Tuesday,
March 17,2020 at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke.
He was born in Turners Falls November 2, 1921 the son of Alexis and Gretchen (Luippold) Beaubien.
Bill attended local schools and graduated from Turners Falls High School class of 1939.
He was inducted into the US Army in 1943 and received his honorable discharge in 1946 attaining the
rank of Sergeant. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign
Ribbon, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Victory Medal.
Bill was the owner of Beaubien's Sunoco and Beaubien - Bonnette Fuel Company in Turners Falls for
many years retiring in 1978. He retired to Ft. Myers, Florida where the warm weather enabled him to
play golf every chance he could. His condo in Ft. Myers overlooked the 17th hole where he often stood
and offered advice to anyone who would listen. For many years he taught driver education classes for
seniors through AARP as well as tax preparation assistance. Bill was an active Knights of Columbus
member in both Massachusetts and Florida. He also was a life member of the Turners Falls Fire
Bill leaves his daughter; Marcia Schuhle and her husband David Bishop, of Greenfield and his son Robert
Beaubien and his wife Jacqueline of Turners Falls, six grandchildren, several great grandchildren, one
great great grandson and a nephew Gene Beaubien of Gill.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wives; Marcella Christian, Doris Cadran and June
Reynolds, his son Lieutenant William A. Beaubien and a brother Malcom Beaubien.
A graveside service at St. Mary's Cemetery will be at a time and date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Turners Falls Fireman Relief Association 180
Turnpike Rd. Turners Falls, MA 01376 or to Turners Falls Athletic Club P.o. Box 11 Turners Falls, MA
Much gratitude to all the caretakers on one North and the Hospice Wing of the Soldiers' Home for the
compassionate attention always demonstrated with grace and dignity.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kostanski Funeral Home.
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