Henry W. Beauvais, Jr. passed away due to complications with COVID-19 on January 13, 2021 at Marion Manor Nursing Home at the age of 85.
He was born in Taunton, MA, the son of the late Henry W. Beauvais and Marion (Leonard) Beauvais. Henry was a lifelong resident of Taunton. He graduated from Taunton High School in 1953. Henry joined the United States Navy in 1954 and was serving aboard the USS Ranger at the time of his honorable discharge in 1957.
He worked at General Dynamics and then worked for many years at the Boston Naval Shipyard as a pipefitter until its closure in 1974. Henry then enjoyed working for the National Park Service in Boston until his retirement.
Henry loved gardening and often produced an abundance of vegetables each summer. You never left his house without a bag full of tomatoes. On a family trip to Walt Disney World, he snuck off with his granddaughter Nasreen to do a behind the scenes tour of Epcot's extensive gardens. He was a handyman and loved fixing and tinkering with things in his workshop and passed his love of taking things apart to see how they worked on to his grandchildren. He enjoyed Scrabble and was quite the Scrabble master, always managing to pull off a last minute high scoring word near the end of the game. When no one wanted to get creamed in a game with him, he turned to his favorite piece of new technology a handheld Scrabble game. He had a quiet, quick wit about him and shared many inside jokes with his grandchildren, family, and friends. He enjoyed birdwatching and installed many birdhouses around his yard. He had a soft spot for animals. Granddaughter Taraneh fondly remembers finding new pets at the house on childhood visits, including guinea pigs with their own tooth brushing schedules. Grandson Mike recalls the time grandpa adopted ducks and especially remembers that grandpa had a gadget for everything. Granddaughter Hailey coined a new name for grandpa and lovingly called him Pepe or Pep. Granddaughter Katie has many happy memories of playing with the dollhouse he built and recalls that grandpa seemed to disappear into his garden because everything was so tall. During his recent time at Marion Manor he became known as the “Mayor of the First Floor” as he was observant of his surroundings and enjoyed sharing stories and jokes with those around him.
Henry will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth E. (Hodgson) Beauvais of Taunton, his daughter Susan Bergquist and husband Philip of Lakeville, MA; his daughter Carolyn Rafieymehr and husband Ali of Hudson, NH; his grandchildren Nasreen Stump, Taraneh Pettinato, Michael Bergquist, Kaylyn Berquist, and Hailey Bergquist; five great-grandchildren; brother Roger Beauvais of Carver, MA; numerous brothers- and sisters-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: Due to the COVID pandemic, all services will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, P.O. Box 356, North Oxford, MA 01537.
To sign the guest book (available online only) and to view Mr. Beauvais tribute page go to www.hathawayfunerals.com. All arrangements entrusted to Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Avenue, Taunton.
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The Barton Center for Diabetes Education
P.O. Box 356, North Oxford MA 01537