My father, Dean Ancell, and Dick were best friends. A friendship formed because of WWII. My Dad alongside Dick, was in the Hurtgen Forrest. I had just visited with Dick and he told me of some impending medical problems. He wasn't too concerned about it. Today, I found he was gone. Now, he and my Dad are laughing, sharing old times. Two best friends, reunited. My most sincere condolences to the family. "Beaumont" as my Dad called him, was a deeply respected man in our family.
My sincere sympathy to all members of his family. May God comfort you at this time of sorrow.
Dick was a good man and a great friend, he will be missed at the monthly retirees breakfast by all that knew him especially by Lisa and Jay. Rest in peace friend.
A good man has left us for his Heavenly reward but his memory never will. My first memories of Uncle Dick as a young child were of a quiet, private person who lived with our family in North Reading for quite a while after the war. My father would tell Ricky and I to respect his privacy and not to aggravate him with our childish antics. I did not know, until I was older, that he suffered from what they used to call "Battle Fatigue" now diagnosed as P.T.S.D. He was a fiercely independent man, very self sufficient and was a role model in our family for getting things done by yourself. My father, Aunt Shirley and himself could not of been any closer to each other. They ingrained on us kids how important family is in your lives and that it is really all that you can count on in the end. Rest in eternal peace Uncle Dick. You were loved by many. Robert Beaumont Jr.
It is sad day for all us Beaumont's. Dick was the last of the "Greatest Generation". Uncle Dick was very proud of his military service to his country. He went into combat in early September of 1944 as a member of the 9th Infantry Division. He fought through the nightmare of the Hurtgen Forest, one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Most Americans have never heard of the Hurtgen Forest, it was overshadowed by the Battle of the Bulge which began at the end of the Hurtgen Forest campaign. For his heroic actions during the battle for the Hurgen Forest, Uncle Dick was awarded the Bronze Star. I am so proud of my uncle and prouder still that I was named after him. Richard Beaumont