STONE MOUNTAIN, GA.- John Gualbert Betaudier Sr., Age 81, residing in Stone Mountain Georgia went to be with the lord, March 8 2013.
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John was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad July 12, 1931 to Angelina Charles and Luis Gonzalez Betaudier. He had one brother Patrick Betaudier. He married his high school sweetheart Yvonne Ceceila Mondesir in 1955.
Together they raised four children, Jeanne Michelle, Jeanne Renee, Jeanne Felice, and John Jr.
They remained married until her passing in 1993. In 2006 he married Margarette Hansen.
John graduated high school at 15, and went on to obtain a masters degree in English at a young age. He started a career in broadcasting in Trinidad.
In 1960 John immigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y. with the intention of enrolling in medical school. In the mid sixties while reading for a movie, he decided to pursue radio broadcasting again. In 1968 he moved to Woodstock, where he worked in near by Kingston on radio station WGHQ and in later years the morning voice and program director on WKNY.
He was known in Kingston as the morning Mayor. His distinctive voice in the morning woke up a community with a deep resounding, 'It's a Beautiful Day!'
After retirement John and his wife formed a company with journalist Bill Moyers and Jet football player Freeman McNeil, briefly owning radio station WLIR in Long Island for a brief period. He would return to the airwaves once again air as one of the founding members of the areas first Christian radio station, WFGB.
The greatest part of his life was spent in community service. He was often called upon to MC many services and events. He was on the Board of numerous organizations, as well as the Lion Club International and past President of the Rotary Club. Mr. Betaudier received numerous accolades and awards for his great service to Ulster County over the years.
John was very active in Christian ministry. He severed as Deacon at the First Baptist church of Kingston. He was a member of the Kairos prison ministry and Tres Dias, and evangelical ministry.
Throughout the years John pursued many hobbies and interest. He enjoyed carpentry, electronics, and fixing things. He spent many hours on the computer pursuing business, doing puzzles, and creating cards. He was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends.
John was a loving and caring husband and father devoted to God and family.
Among scriptures that he liked to share were Ps 138 and 121. John was preceded in death by his daughter, Jeanne Marie, and wife, Yvonne Betaudier.
His memories will be cherished by his children, six grand children, JeannePierre, Perry 'Alex', Jeanne-Tienne, Jasmine, Branden, and Briana and his four great grand children.
The family is welcoming friends to a life celebration memorial at First Baptist Church at 77 Albany Ave., Kingston, Saturday April 6, 2013 at 11a.m.
Services entrusted to Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Home, 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, Georgia, 404-241-5656.
Published in Daily Freeman on Mar. 18, 2013