Eugene W. Beaulieu


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Old Town - Eugene W. Beaulieu passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. Born on July 1929 in Old Town, Maine, to Jules and Julia (Theriault) Beaulieu, he grew up on French Island where he had fond memories of that community, and his Uncle's grocery store on South Main Street.
Eugene graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and St. Joseph's University in New Brunswick. One of his favorite stories was of an unsuccessful attempt to learn the triangle so that he could travel with his friends in the Orchestra. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. While serving he also spent time teaching English literacy to soldiers. In return, they allowed him to play on their basketball team often to shouts of "shoot, Beaulieu!" He went on to obtain his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston in 1958. Upon returning to Old Town, he practiced law for two decades, also serving as assistant county prosecutor for Penobscot and Piscataquis counties for eleven years. It was during this time that he met Linda, his most important client. They married and raised a family together in Milford. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a faithful communicant of Holy Family Parish in Old Town. Eugene was appointed Judge to the 3rd District Court in Bangor in 1980. He became a Justice at the Penobscot County Superior Court in 1985, serving until his appointment to United States Federal Magistrate Judge in 1992.
Summers were spent at camp on Pushaw Lake in Old Town, where he enjoyed blueberry picking in the bog. There he began his annual Fourth of July Brunch, which he took great pride in, with increasing attendance every year with family and friends. During the winter months he was a season ticket holder to the men's University of Maine Hockey team. Every Christmas was met with an enthusiasm for both giving and receiving presents with an emphasis on spending time with family.
He retired in 2000, remaining close to his coworkers, often joining them for dinner at local restaurants. He cherished his time going to Sea Dogs games with "the guys." Retirement was filled with the things he loved; including family and friends, golf, reading, and watching the news. He and Linda spent winters in Florida where he was able to attend his beloved Red Sox spring training games. He also remained a lifelong fan of both the New England Patriots and Notre Dame football.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Old Town, his daughter, Diana Akerley and her wife, Jill, of Milford, his son, Anthony Perkins and his fiancée, Teresa Sprinkle, of Orleans, Michigan, and his daughter, Nicole Lee and her husband, Andrew, of Bangor; eight grandchildren, Matthew Perkins and his wife, Kelly, Michael Perkins, JP Stoweand his wife, Ashley, Kari Stowe Lovelyand her husband, Brian, Dillon Clark and his wife, Denise, Dalton Sprinkle, Dylan Sprinkle, and Maximus Lee; five great-grandchildren, Braylen Perkins, Beckett Stowe, Kayden Perkins, Grady Perkins, and Luciana Clark, along with three others expected this summer; four siblings, Charlene Preble, Ruth Ann Martin, and Mary Brown, all of Old Town, and Walter Beaulieu of Hampton, NH, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three of his sisters, Florence Martin, Kay Veno, and Pauline Lonko.
A special thank you to the staff of Loving Touch, Dirigo Pines, and VNA Hospice.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where members of the Knight of Columbus will recite prayers at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. A reception and celebration of his life will follow at the Black Bear Inn and Conference. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Town Animal Orphanage, 71 Airport Road, Old Town, Maine 04468.
Published on April 30, 2018
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