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Mr. Wilfred J. Beaulieu, 91 years old, passed away on April 9th, 2017. He was devoted to and predeceased by Nancy R. Beaulieu in the summer of 2006.
Living on with abundant memories of their dad and their Grumpy are his sons Thomas (Lori Brown) Beaulieu of Santa Monica, CA, Daniel (Jean Perkins) Beaulieu of Rockport and daughter Ruth Ann (Mark) Sandland of Beverly and grandchildren Charlotte (Anthony) Biasetti, Emma Beaulieu, Kate Beaulieu, Santiago Brown and Johana Diaz. He was always interested, proud and delighted with his relationship with them all. Also remembering adventures with Will is Alyce Winfisky.
Born on January 17, 1926 he was the youngest twin and member of his family. Will has always recognized his life as an opportunity to live to the fullest. He served his family and the military of United States with his heart, ethics, energy, honor, integrity and wit, and always a sense of curiosity and adventure.
As a retired Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserves he continued many important friendships. He was also a United States Navy veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was proud of his “trifecta” status. During the Korean and Vietnam conflicts he served in the Navy SeaBees and was attached to the Marines. He was the recipient of many citations and decorations from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (Navy and Marines), Presidential Unit Citation, Naval Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnamese Civil Action with Palm. Many campaign ribbons with numerous battle stars were among the more than 18 decorations awarded to him by the three different military branches he was attached to over a period of forty-two years. He was also a member of the Danvers VFW Post 2359.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Will was a certified Construction Inspector and Engineer of Highway Construction for over 37 years. He was self-employed as Consultant Engineer for the City of Salem, and for various North Shore lending institutions.
There is not a continent on the globe that Willie does not know someone. He will be remembered for his ever-present smile, his ten-gallon cowboy hat, his dedication to his family, friends, country and his outgoing, caring and friendly nature. He lived an interesting life and all are better for having known him. He will be deeply missed.
His funeral will be held from the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte. 62) Danvers, Tuesday, April 18th at 10 a.m. followed by his funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Conant St., Danvers at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers with military honors, where Mr. Beaulieu will join his wife in eternity. Visiting hours Monday, April 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please continue Will’s compassion and dedication with donations in his memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  April 13, 2017
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