COLRAIN - William J. Beauregard, 79, of Collis Lane, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday (9/22/12) surrounded by his loving family.
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""Bill"" was born in Marlborough, NH, on August 10, 1933, the son of William J. and Diana S. (Croteau) Beauregard. He attended Marlborough, NH schools and graduated from Keene State College. He married Lorraine M. Thompson on June 29, 1951.
Bill was a dedicated teacher having spent most of his career teaching science and math in the Greenfield school system. He loved sports and coached football and basketball at the middle school level, as well as varsity basketball at Greenfield High School, leading both his 1994 and 1995 teams to the state finals. He received numerous awards throughout his 40-year teaching and coaching career.
He also served on various boards and committees for the Town of Colrain and the Franklin First Federal Credit Union.Many fondly recall visiting their Colrain farm - picking apples and pressing cider - during the years that Bill, Lorraine and their family operated Beauregard's Orchard.
He spent each summer in Dublin, NH, fishing and sharing time with his family at his lakeside camp on Stone Pond.
In his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed vacationing in Las Vegas and spending winters in Daytona Beach.
Bill loved his family and was known as ""Pep"" to his seven grandsons and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Bill leaves two sons, William and his wife Tamara of Greenfield, Michael and his wife Doni of Colrain; and one daughter, Diana Lapean and her husband Barry, also of Colrain.
His youngest son Robert predeceased him in 1977.
He leaves seven grandsons - Joshua Beauregard, his wife Emily Rothschild and their son Elias Otto; Chad Beauregard, his wife Jaclyn and their daughter Ava; Cody Beauregard and his wife Lara; Kyle Beauregard; Tim Lapean and his wife Missy; Jameson Lapean; and Ben Lapean.
He leaves several nieces and nephews as well.
Bill was predeceased by his five sisters: Clara, Dora, Marie, Sylvia, and Anita.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday morning, September 26th, at |11 a.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA.
Burial will follow in Meeting House Cemetery in Marlborough, NH.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday morning from 9 AM until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made in Bill's memory to either: Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301 or Ream Scholarship Fund, c/o Elvira Scott, 282 E. Hawley Road, Hawley, MA 01339
Published in The Recorder on Sept. 24, 2012