Ipswich — Paul A. Beaulieu, 76, husband of Grace M. (Perry) Beaulieu, died Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013, at his home in Ipswich, surrounded by his family after a short illness. Born in Ipswich on June 25, 1936, he was the son of the late Euclide A. and Leonella E. (LaRoche) Beaulieu.
Paul was raised and educated in Ipswich and graduated from Ipswich High School with the Class of 1954. He attended Northeastern University and as a college student worked at Travelers Insurance where he met Grace, his loving wife of 56 years. Following family tradition, Paul became a carpenter and over the years built a reputation as a master craftsman. His pride in his craft was evident in the quality and beauty of his work, and his longtime customers became a treasured part of his circle of friends. Paul’s accomplishment with musical instruments of all kinds was enjoyed by his family and friends. As a piano teacher, he shared his love of music with many neighborhood children.
Paul raised his five children with a great sense of humor and quick wit, and easily slid into the role of a fun loving “Pepere” to 14 grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all.
Paul is survived by, in addition to his wife Grace of Ipswich, their 5 children and spouses, Paul A. Jr. and Corinne Beaulieu of Amesbury, Edith M. and Larry Bly of San Clemente, Calif., Collette A. and Stephen Pelletier, Theresa J. and Mark Coffey, and Andrew A. and Marci Beaulieu, all of Ipswich; their 14 grandchildren, Joseph, Paul, Jacqueline, Brian, Larry Jr., Austin, Allison and Dominique, Robert, Emily, Michael and Katherine, and their 2 great-grandchildren, Hannah and Luc. He is also survived by his sister and her husband, Cecile and Gerard Thibodeau of Buena Park, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Beaulieu was predeceased by his brother, Euclide A. Beaulieu, Jr. formerly of Ipswich and his sister, Beatrice E. Morris formerly of Fairfax, Vt., and California.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 25, at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 54 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be Friday, May 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main St., Ipswich, relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Mr. Beaulieu’s name to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For directions or to send a condolence to the Beaulieu family, please go to www.MorrisFH.com.