Dewey A. Beach
June 21, 1929 - August 1, 2016
Family and friends may call on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred.
Dewey Alton Beach, 87, of Alfred, passed away on August 1, 2016.
Dewey (Alton as he was known in his youth) was born on June 21, 1929 in Walpole, MA at his parents’ house on Stone Street. He was the son of the late Dewey Henry Beach and the late Glennie Maude (Russell) Beach, both from from Kings Country, Nova Scotia.
His father’s parents were Reuben Beach and Mary (Woodworth) Beach and his mother’s parents were George E. Russell and Udevilla (Jones) Russell all from Kings County, Nova Scotia.
Dewey is survived by his wife of 49 years, Corinne (Swanson) Beach of Alfred; son Dewey James Beach and his wife Diane (Hoitt) Beach of Newmarket, NH; daughter Glennie “Cindy” Ruth (Beach) McGuire and her husband David C. McGuire of Sharon, MA; son David Scott Beach and his wife Jennifer St. Peter of Westborough, MA; Six grandchildren, Sgt. Eric McGuire, Dewey Christopher Beach, Daniel Beach, Charlene (McGuire) Mauro, Michael Beach and Samantha Beach. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Ashley McGuire, Evan McGuire, Ryan McGuire, Logan Beach and August Beach.
Dewey graduated from Sharon High School with honors in the class of 1947. After high school he attended Burdett College in Boston before joining his father’s transportation business. He operated Dewey Beach and Son Trucking Co. for 10 years until dissolving the company in 1960. During this time, he also briefly served in the United States Army.
Following his work in trucking, Dewey then entered the automobile business working for and learning from Henry Scanzio and Ernie Boch Sr. In 1964, Dewey took a Management position with Smith Rambler in Lowell, MA and continued his work in Sales and Truck Management through Allen Chevrolet in Dedham, MA; Mac-Moran Chevrolet in Norwood, MA; Spensley Chevrolet in Cohasset, MA; Mirak Chevrolet in Arlington, MA; and finally at Bezema Buick-GMC in Norwood, MA before retiring in 2003 having spent 37 years promoting products by General Motors.
Throughout his life, Dewey maintained a fondness for the summers of his youth spent on the family farm in Nova Scotia. He kept few hobbies but had a passion for music which he indulged until his last days. He found his Soulspace at the ocean and, in particular, the coast of Southern Maine. It was this connection that drew him to Alfred upon his retirement.
His life was one of love and dedication to his family. In a world of accelerating schedules, Dewey was always the Hub of the wheel that kept the spokes of the family connected. Into his wife and three children, he poured his love, his unwavering support, and his endless pride.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A private family service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alfred Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 36, Alfred, ME 04002. Your professionalism and kindness will not be forgotten.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.