SCARBOROUGH — Elzear “Dan” Alphonse Beaulieu, 95, died peacefully on Thursday, May 6, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in the company of his family after a brief illness.
He lived a long, healthy and active life, living independently at the Betsey Ross House in South Portland until very recently. Prior to moving to South Portland, he was a longtime resident of Lewiston and Sabattus.
Dan was born Aug. 8, 1914, in Grand Isle, a son of Elodie (Sinclair) Beaulieu and Denis Beaulieu, and the second oldest of their seven children. At the age of 14, when his father became seriously ill, he went to work full time to support his family. At the age of 15, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps as a cook, and subsequently worked for several years as an assistant chef at the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Swampscott Inn in Massachusetts.
On Oct. 11, 1936, he married Aline LeBlanc in Swamscott, Mass., and they eventually settled in Lewiston, where they raised three daughters, Shirley, Rita and Nancy, and later cared for his younger brother Maurice.
During World War II, he worked at the South Portland Shipyard, helping to produce Liberty Ships, the transports for which the yard became famous. It was there that he began to learn and apply his considerable skills as a carpenter. After several years at Bath Iron Works, he returned to the Lewiston area to work for Arthur and Gerald Pelletier, becoming a master carpenter, known for his attention to detail and excellent finish work.
After retiring in 1978, he and Aline spent many years wintering in Largo, Fla., making many new friends and enjoying warmer weather. Each spring they returned to enjoy their home on Sabattus Lake in Sabattus. He was always busy there with projects of various sorts, usually involving his carpentry skills. He was also a true outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, and spending time in the woods throughout his adult life. He was particularly successful in finding salmon and togue in Sebago Lake, and catching striped bass in the Kennebec River.
He loved people, and made new friends whereever he went. He was quick to laugh, and always had an interesting story to tell. After moving to the Betsey Ross House in 2004, he developed a new and large circle of friends who provided mutual support and care.
He is survived by his daughters, Shirley Jerez and her husband, Roger, of Lady Lake, Fla., Rita Juneau and husband, Dan, of Lady Lake, Fla., and Nancy White and husband, Jeffrey, of Cape Elizabeth; grandchildren, Todd Cox, Lisa Ardito, Andrea Green, Peter Juneau, Jeffrey Juneau, Matthew White and Lindesy Devito; great-grandchildren, Todd Jr., Danielle and Nicholas Cox, David Jr. and Nichole Ardito, Samantha, PJ, and Nicholas Juneau, Konnors Noe, Brooke Juneau, and Jason Green; and two great-great-grandchildren, Natalie and TJ Cox.
He was predeceased by his wife, Aline in 2002.
His family wishes to thank the staff at the Betsey Ross House for their caring ways during his residence there; the staff at the Maine Medical Center Emergency Room and 4th Floor of the Richards Wind for their wonderful care; and the staff of the Gosnell Hospice House for their devoted care at the end of his life.