Garfield R. Beynon Jr., 71, Scranton, died Sunday from injuries suffered in a car accident while returning from a DeMolay Conferral of Degrees with his DeMolay Boys. He was married to the love of his life, Melba Simpson Beynon; they celebrated their 50th anniversary Jan. 19.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of Hannah Reese Beynon, Clarks Summit, who celebrated her 100th birthday in June; and the late Garfield R. Beynon Sr. He was a general contractor for many years and had his own home inspection service. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years. He was a very active member of Masonic organizations and the Order of DeMolay. He was advisory council chairman of Crusade Chapter Order of DeMolay; member and past master of Green Ridge Lodge 597 F&AM; member and past high priest of Lackawanna Chapter 185, Scranton; member and past puissant master, Scranton Council 44; member and past commander Melita-Coeur de lion Commandery 17, Scranton; secretary Allied Masonic Degrees, York Rite College and Keystone Consistory. Garfield had been awarded the Masonic York Rite Cross of Honor and in DeMolay, the Guild of the Leather Apron, Legion of Honor and the Cross of Honor.
Garfield will always be remembered for his courage, integrity and wisdom. He was a generous and caring man with a great sense of humor. He was dedicated to his family, Masonic brothers and the DeMolay Boys that he loved so much. He loved his four special pets, Mai Ling, Su Ling, Max and Jasper. He was greatly loved by many, will be missed but never forgotten.
Also surviving are three children, Garfield R. Beynon III and his wife, Ann; Megan Dzwieleski and her husband, Francis; and daughter, Robin Nash; three grandchildren, Francis Jr., Hannah and Ryen; a brother, Richard Beynon; sister, Barbara Smith; a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Bomberger-Lesko Funeral Home Inc., 1660 N. Main Ave., Scranton.
Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m. Masonic services will be at 7. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crusade Chapter, Order of DeMolay, c/o Al Dubeck, R201 Lincoln St., Dupont, PA 18641.
Bomberger-Lesko Funeral Home Inc
1660 N Main Ave Scranton, PA 18508
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 10, 2013