Eugene L. “Chummy” Beaulieu, 82, of Hobe Sound, FL, formerly of Plainville, passed into the arms of the angels with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with mesothelioma on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
Born in Limestone, ME on August 16, 1939, he was one of two children to the late Felix and Gladys (Downing) Beaulieu. Gene attended local schools, leaving early to enlist in the US Army and proudly serving his country for three years in the 11th Airborne Division. Honorably discharged in 1959, he met and married the love of his life, Sharon (Petit) in 1962, and together they shared the next 59 years full of love and life adventures. They raised five wonderful children, and were blessed with 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Gene was a self-employed plumber for more than forty years, a trade he loved and showed often through his generosity and willingness to help anyone in need of his expertise. True to his nickname “Chum”, wherever he went, an instant friendship was made. Gene was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends, and will be forever remembered for his kindness, warm smile and love for others.
In addition to his wife, Sharon, he leaves his three children, Tammy Ellison (Col. William E. Ellison, II., US Army ret.), Trudy Higley (Alfred, Jr.) and Travis D. Beaulieu; his sister, Doria Palmieri; brothers-in-law, William A. Petit, Sr. (Barbara) and Gary L. Petit; many nieces and nephews; and his fur babies, Cheyenne and Tiki. He was predeceased by his son, Todd M. Beaulieu and his daughter, Tracy R. Beaulieu.
In lieu of flowers, Gene may be remembered with contributions to the Petit Family Foundation, PO Box 310, Plainville, CT 06062 http://www.petitfamilyfoundation.org or to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at http://www.curemeso.org
Family and friends may gather in celebration of Gene’s life on Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St, Plainville. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by committal services with military honors at West Cemetery. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com
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