Richard D. Bessey

Sep 13, 1932 - Jan 13, 2018

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Willimantic - Richard D. Bessey, 85, passed away at his home on January 13, 2018. He was born on September 13, 1932, in Willimantic, the son of Arthur and Thelma (Davis) Bessey. Dick worked for Great Northern Paper Co. for 37 years as a scaler, registered land surveyor, and road supervisor. He was very proud that he was instrumental in the layout and construction of the "Golden Road". He also owned and operated a sawmill for a time in the early 60's.
Dick was a lover of the outdoors. Shooting, hunting, and fishing were his favorite pastimes. He also spent many hours tinkering in his garage.
Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Ann (Goodridge) Bessey; two sisters, Marilyn Buchanan, and Prudy Turner and her husband, Fred; three children, Sue Beaulieu and her husband, Steve, Skip Bessey and his wife, Heather, and Kim Bowring and her husband, Steve. He also leaves six grandchildren, Chris, Erick, Leslie, Brock, Stephanie and Shannon, seven and 9/10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Josephine Bessey; and several nieces and nephews. He will be remembered by many special friends, including long-time friends, Bob and Bev Roberts.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, George and Chuck; a granddaughter, Nikki Beaulieu; and a brother-in-law, Jim Buchanan.
There will be a graveside service in the spring. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Assoc., 51 US Rte 1, Scarborough, ME 04074. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 16, 2018
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