On Feb. 23, 1920, in a raging Westerly blizzard, James Deloss Beebe was delivered by the family doctor who arrived by horse and buggy.
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Married for 67 years to his beloved Betty who predeceased him, Jim, who died Dec. 30, 2012, was a tireless provider and protector for his family. Although deployed in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, on service leaves he returned to Westerly to clear the three acres for building the home where they would raise his two children.
While still in high school, Jim began work for Harris Graphics which turned into a lengthy employment lasting over 40 years, during the beginning of which he and Betty built their dream house.
In times of hardship, Jim supplemented the couple's income by trapping, oystering, lobstering, and raising fruits and vegetables. He was also a beekeeper and sold honey locally; many of these skills acquired during his formative years while living on a working farm.
Jim adored his family and had the honor of walking not only his daughter Linda, but granddaughter, Shanna, down the aisle at their weddings. He loved all the family get-togethers especially, when great-grandchildren Micah and Jakob were present.
It was the sea that Jim felt so comfortable on. With his homemade motorboat, he and Betty taught their children to swim and water-ski. Friends were treated to quahog digging and fishing excursions after which the rewards of their toil were hardily enjoyed by all back at the Beebe homestead.
After his retirement and still full of energy, Jim began his Winter Security and Home Maintenance Service for seasonal visitors in the Westerly beach area. His many customers kept his business venture going through his son Larry and son-in-law Scott following Jim's full retirement.
On Feb. 2, 1962, James was baptized into the faith which he would zealously serve his Lord and master throughout the remainder of his life. Along with wife Betty, they lent their time, energy and devotion as humble servants to their savior Jesus Christ. James' presence will long be remembered in the Christadelphian brotherhood.
As husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, uncle and friend of so many, James will never be forgotten. His humor and zest for life will always endure; a memory to be cherished by all who knew Jim.
Calling hours are at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Burial will be private in Pine Grove Cemetery, Hope Valley.
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home
121 Main St. Westerly, RI 02891
Published in The Westerly Sun from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2013