Pierre S. de Beaumont Pierre S. de Beaumont, of Manchester by the Sea, died on December 4 at his home. He was 95. Mr. de Beaumont was born and raised in New York City. After attending schools in New York, Connecticut, California, Michigan and Texas, and in Canada and England, he graduated from the Hill School, of Pottstown, Pa., and then from Harvard University in 1938. He pursued an engineering career with the Packard Motor Car Co., where he was granted several patents, and with General Motors, before serving as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve for the duration of World War II. He then continued his engineering career with Apex Electrical Mfg. Co., of Cleveland, and Bostitch, Inc., of Westerley, R.I. Mr. de Beaumont founded the Ohio Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America in 1946 and later edited its magazine, Antique Automobile. He was also active in the Sports Car Club of America. In 1965, Mr. de Beaumont, with his wife, Mary Deland (Robbins), founded the Brookstone Co., a mail order concern with a chain of retail stores. Mr. and Mrs. de Beaumont sold the company to the Quaker Oats Co. in 1980, and retired. He was a member of the Essex County and Singing Beach clubs of Manchester by the Sea, and of the Somerset and Harvard Clubs, of Boston. He was a life member of the United States Naval Institute. He leaves two stepdaughters, Joan Kopperl of West Stockbridge and Kathleen McAllister of Arlington, Vt., stepson, Edward Kelley of North Fayston, Vt., and seven step grandchildren. No public services are planned.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 6, 2011