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Pierre Beurskens Obituary
Pierre L. Beurskens

1925-2012 Mr. Pierre L. Beurskens was born October 26, 1925 in Maastricht, the Netherlands to Leon H. Beurskens and Cornelia Beurskens-Linnartz.

Pierre passed away at his home in Coral Springs, Fla., on September 3, 2012.

He had two younger siblings, Ria and Hank. At the age of 18, he joined the Dutch Resistance in England and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant, and was the recipient of the Freedom Cross. At the end of World War II, he was stationed in Surinam (formerly Dutch Guyana) in 1948 where he met and married the love of his life, Irma. They moved back to the Netherlands where their first three daughters; Maria, Juliette and Irene were born, and where Pierre received his Bachelor of Economics and his certification as a public accountant, while working for N.V. Staalweken.

In 1954, Pierre and Irma immigrated to the United States, travelling from Europe with three children and the fourth, Maureen on the way. Pierre arrived with $800. Two additional daughters were born in New York; Ingrid and Carolyn. He worked for Fuller Brush Company and Singer Sewing Machine through 1959.

In 1959, Pierre joined General Foods Corporation (now Kraft Foods), and rose in the ranks to the position of VP International Business Development for the Middle East and Africa, and moved the family to Beirut, Lebanon in 1968. He made Beirut their home through 1976. He went on to work for RJ Reynolds Tobacco, as Area Director Middle East and made his home in Brussels, Belgium and Geneva, Switzerland then to Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. He was fluent in Dutch, French, German and English and had thorough understanding of many other languages.

After many years overseas, Pierre came back to the US and made his home in New York then Florida finishing his career with Consolidated Cigar Corp. (now Altadis). Pierre was VP of International Sales. He retired in 2005, at the age of 78.

Pierre loved his devoted wife and his family was the center of his life. Family get-togethers were always more fun because of Pierre's light hearted sense of humor and practical jokes. Pierre loved music from the world and always had music playing in his home. Pierre used his almost photographic memory and tremendous charm and interpersonal warmth to achieve success for him and the businesses he represented.

Pierre and his family have been coming to the Berkshires since 1964 and still have their home in Washington, Mass. This has been the one constant in their lives. Daughters, Maria, Irene and Ingrid have all been laid to rest at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Hinsdale.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Irma Coronel, his daughter: Juliette Beurskens-Parker of East Hampton, N.Y., her children Ian Parker and his wife Marina, Joelle Parker and her husband Nabin Gurung; daughter, Dr. Maureen Beurskens-Coumas of Charlotte, N.C., and her children Perry, Owen and Adrian Coumas; daughter Carolyn Beurskens, her husband Bradley Buriff and daughter Charissa Schmitt.; and grandson Timothy Salter of Raleigh, N.C., son of Ingrid Beurskens-Salter and former husband Michael Salter. The family would like to recognize Hellen Karta for her compassion, care and love she provided Pierre during his last years, with their love and heartfelt gratitude.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 15th, at St. Patrick's Church in Hinsdale. Visitation will be held at Dery-Foley Funeral Home in Dalton on Friday, September 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Catholic Hospice.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 12, 2012
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