1924 – 2015
THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Julian Albert Beaulieu, 91, of The Villages, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Florida.
He was born in Lewiston, May 26, 1924, son of Alphonse Beaulieu and Juliette (Benson) Beaulieu. He attended Auburn schools and was a student at Edward Little High School, Class of 1943. He enjoyed model trains and radio-controlled airplanes, tennis and fishing, as well as being a ham radio operator.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps (Air Force) in 1942 and saw action in World War II and Korea. Although he was “bubble gunner” on a B-17, during the end of World War II, he spent most of his career as an aircraft mechanic. He was among the original fighter jet mechanics, called SAMs. He retired after 20 years from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., while residing in Levittown, Pa.
He was employed at the Bath Iron Works shipyard and at Sears, in retail.
He was married to M. Lorraine Rousseau on March 3, 1946, in Auburn, and they had two children, Donald and Sandra.
In their later years, they lived in St. Augustine, Fla., and Lansdale, Pa. His wife, Lorraine, and daughter, Sandra, both died of cancer in Pennsylvania. Julian moved to The Villages, Fla., when his son and wife, Karen, moved there. He resided at Serenades by Sonata retirement community of The Villages.
Julian is survived by his son, Donald and wife, Karen; sister, Madeleine H. Beaulieu of Lewiston; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Beaulieu of St. Augustine, Fla., and Madeline Bissonnette of Auburn. He also is survived by five grandchildren, Cristian Beaulieu, Brett Beaulieu of Pennsylvania, Julie (Beaulieu) Geneva, Jacqui (Beaulieu) Swaney of New York and Shanna (Beaulieu) Davis of Texas. He also has four great-grandchildren, Adeline and Trekk Beaulieu and Brea and Delano Davis.
Julian was predeceased by his parents; wife, Lorraine; daughter, Sandra; and two brothers, Leon and Robert Beaulieu.
He was an honorable man, a friend to all and a great father. He was a part of “The Greatest Generation,” a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II to make America great.
He will rest in peace and be loved by those who knew him.