Herbert S. Beggs

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MANCHESTER -Herbert Samuel Beggs, a resident of Barnumville Road, Manchester, for 29.5 years, died on Friday, May 11, 2012. Herb had a deep and abiding love for Jesus Christ and so, with his wife and children gathered around him, Herb has gone home to the Lord.

Son of Samuel and Olga Beggs, Herb was born on Staten Island, N.Y., on June 15, 1927. He was the loving husband to his wife, Joan, whom he married on Staten Island 59 years ago on April 19, 1953.

Herb attended Valley Forge Military Academy and was an alumnus of the Staten Island Academy. He was also graduated from Colgate University class of 1950 and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration class of 1952.

In World War II, Herb was an Ensign in the U.S. Maritime Service serving as "Sparks," and in the Korean War was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force with the Air Material Command.

Upon discharge, he joined the General Electric Co. as a marketing trainee. He then became a consultant with Robert Heller Associates in Cleveland, Ohio. He next joined Union Camp Corp. where he became vice president of corporate development.

When he retired from Union Camp, the Beggs family moved into their co-op on Stratton Mountain briefly and then to their beloved home on Barnumville Road. Herb became active in real estate, starting his own firm, "Beggs Real Estate." He was also a member of the Vermont Real Estate Commission for many years, serving as chairman several times.

Herb was a man of many talents. He played the piano and for many years did a sing-along with Joan at Equinox Terrace. He also wrote music, his very favorite song being "Jesus, I Need You." He wrote a book on real estate called "How To Buy The Right Home At The Right Price." Another hobby was making antique window mirrors which beautify the Beggs' home and several other homes. He also enjoyed oil painting. He truly loved life and people and Joan can never remember him saying a bad word about anyone. He was kind and loving to all people, animals and birds.

Besides his wife, Joan, Herb leaves his daughter, Amy and her husband Tom Strombotne, daughter Bobbie and her husband Tim Sargent, son Andrew Beggs and his wife Keiko, and daughter Mary and husband Jay Whitten; also grandchildren Abigail, Emily and Jonathan Sargent and Lia and Joshua Beggs. He was predeceased by his son, David.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Herb Beggs may be made to the Second Chance Animal Center, PO Box 620, Shaftsbury, VT 05262.
Published in Times Argus on May 21, 2012
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