IOWA CITY, IOWA AND EASTON - Duncan Edward Beaton Jr., affectionately known as Dunc, died of natural causes on Saturday, June 21, 2014 with his family by his side, at the age of 87. Dunc was born Sept. 24, 1926 in Cambridge, MA, the son of Duncan E. Sr. and Flora (Kish) Beaton.
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He graduated from the St. Mary's High School, Lynn, MA. He faithfully visited his alma mater, playing in the alumni hockey game for dozens of years. In 2003, he was given his high school diploma in the graduation ceremony as he had been drafted into WWII during his senior year. After serving his country, he then earned his Business degree at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Dunc was married to Dorothy Burns in 1952 and they made their home together in several states throughout their marriage. They spent the majority of their time in New York, Pennsylvania and Maine. Dunc had a life-long love of sports, especially baseball and hockey. Hockey was his primary passion and he was a key player in the Gentlemen's Hockey League organization in Presque Isle. As a result, one of the hockey leagues and its championship cup was named in Dunc's honor. He also loved photography and music, especially jazz, and playing the drums as his wife played the piano. They made beautiful music together. He was a member of numerous organizations including the American Legion, Rotary International, Republican Committees and the Maine Town and Cities Managers Association. He worked in a variety of positions in business and sales and later managed several towns in Northern Maine (Easton, Mapleton, Chapman and Castle Hill). His interest in politics and his love for the democratic process, combined with his skills in basic accounting, allowed him to play a meaningful role in many levels of government. After retirement, Dunc enjoyed extensive travel with his wife throughout Europe, Asia and Central America.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy M. Beaton, who currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa; children, Charles Beaton of Easton, Debra A. Guiod of Houlton, Dawn E. Quelle of Coralville, Iowa. He leaves thirteen grandchildren, Mark, Holly, CJ, Shaun, Christina, Matthew, Nathan, Alyssa, Nicholas, Zachary, Gabriella, Kathryn, and Ben; two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Layne, and two nephews, Kurt and Doug and three nieces, Roberta, Lynda and Patti. He was preceded in death by two sons, Mark and Paul Beaton, of Easton.
A service celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield, with Pastor Sue Brown officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at Estes Park Cemetery, Easton. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will held at the VFW Paul Lockhart Post Number 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield, immediately following the interment service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in Dunc's memory to Camp Courageous at www.campcourageous.org. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com
Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc.
144 Main Street
Fort Fairfield, ME 04742
Published in BDN Maine on June 25, 2014