1920-2013 MANCHESTER Leland Beebe, 93, formerly of East Dorset, Vermont and Clifton Park, New York, departed this life peacefully Friday December 13, 2013 at Equinox Terrace in Manchester Center, Vermont. He was surrounded by the love of his large family and his caretakers. Leland was born in East Dorset on April 5, 1920 the son of Walter and Edna (Pettibone) Beebe. He attended Dorset Public Schools, graduated from Burr & Burton Seminary in 1938 and from the Vermont School of Agriculture in 1940. Leland worked in Public Relations for many years for both the Vermont State and New York State Farm Bureau. He operated the family farm in partnership with his father and brother for many years and was very active in local community 4-H work. Leland was the Dorset Road Commissioner for a short term, and Dorset Town School Board member for a year. Leland served as an airplane spotter during World War II and served as a member of the Vermont State National Guard, also during World War II. He served as Town Representative for the Agriculture Conservation and served as Director of Bennington County Soil and Water Conservation District. He served a two year term as a representative from the Town of Dorset in the Vermont State Legislature. Leland also served as Board Member, Membership Town Chairman and President of the Bennington County Farm Bureau. He served as Director of the Vermont State Farm Bureau and Director of the Farm Bureau Marketing Cooperative. He served as Organization Director and Vice President of the Vermont Farm Bureau for several years until his retirement. While living in New York, Leland served as Regional Fieldman for the New York State Farm Bureau for four years in Central New York Counties. He served for ten years as Public Affairs Director for the New York Farm Bureau in Glenmont, New York until retirement. He served for four years as Legislature Representative for the New York Academy of Family Physicians and for two years as Legislative Consultant for the Associated Food Processors of New York. Along with his wife Pauline, Leland delivered Meals on Wheels for fifteen years in Clifton Park and Halfmoon, New York. Leland won the Distinguished Service Citation from the New York State Agriculture Society, a special award from the New York State Association of Family Physicians and on October 25, 2011 he was Presented the John D. Hall, Sr. Memorial Award from the Saratoga County Farm Bureau. Leland is survived by his children Bruce L. Beebe and his wife Bobbie of Canal Winchester, Ohio and Anne M. (Hosley) Pivirotto and her dear companion, Peter Matteson of Manchester, Vermont, brother Harold Beebe of East Dorset, grandchildren David, Randall and Angela Hosley and Ryan and Ellen Beebe, eight great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Pauline (Gigi) Beebe whom he married June 26, 1943. Mrs. Beebe died in 2001. He was also preceded in death by his brother Wilson Beebe. Leland was a loving shepherd of family and a faithful steward of the land with a charismatic presence larger than life. He was a relentless lobbyist and advocate for his fellow man. Known for not mincing words,a twinkle in his eye and being a constant North. He will be heartfully missed by all who knew him. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Leland will be held Wednesday December 18, 2013 at 11am at the First Congregational Church of East Dorset. Pastor Larry Jenny will officiate. Interment will follow in the family lot in South Village Cemetery in East Dorset. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday evening from 5-7pm at Brewster & Shea Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester Center, Vermont. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Leland's memory may be made to The Steeple Fund, First Congregational Church of East Dorset, c/o Brewster & Shea Funeral Service P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, Vermont 05255. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster & Shea Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester Center, Vermont.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 20, 2013 to Jan. 10, 2014