George E. Beley

Jun 05, 2017
George Beley

Rockland — George Edward Beley passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. On June 16, he would've been 87 years old. He is survived by his wife, Joan Jean Beley, to whom he was married for 66 years. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses: Doug and his wife, Kay, Michelle and her husband, Jim, and Renee and her husband, Bob; seven grandchildren: Jeffrey, Amy, Amanda, Alissa, Emma, Micheal and Andrea; and five (soon to be six) great-grandchildren: Ava, Caden, Henry, Adilyn and Avery.

George was born in Ware, Mass., June 16, 1930, to his mother, Marie Exauria Lacasse, and father Arsene Robert Beley, who immigrated from France in 1901. George grew up with his two brothers, Eugene and Robert, in Paxton, Mass., on the family farm, where he worked after graduating from high school.

He joined the Air Force in 1951, and began working on “weather” balloons, and learning cryogenics. On April 23, 1951, he married Joan Jean Lareau. Over the course of the next 15 years, they had three children, Douglas, Michelle and Renee. George served in the Air Force for 27 years, when he retired as a master sergeant and settled in Rockland.

There, he opened his own business, Beley’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He served the Rockland area from 1977 to 2007.

He is remembered by his grandchildren as Pepa, a keen cribbage player, a formidable golf player, eater of ice cream and donuts, and a man of few words who made those words count. Beneath the gruff exterior of a man who worked hard to provide for his family, was a tender heart. He was the true self-made man.

A funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, June 6, at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 8, at the Maine Vetrans’ Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to the American Legion, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 21009, Tulsa, OK 74121-1009.

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