Michael A. Beagan Jr., 88, died at his home on March 1, 2018. after a long illness.
He was born on June 23, 1929, in Stamford CT, the son of Michael and Beatrice (Rolf) Beagan and lived in the Claremont/Newport area for most of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Martha “Marti” Beagan, and by his son, Alan, of Melrose, MA, three granddaughters, Stephanie, Stacy and Kathryne, and by a grandson, Scott. also, by four great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Julie; one brother, Thomas; and two sisters, Beatrice Beagan and Muriel Boles.
He was a graduate of Towle High School, class of ’46; he entered the U.S. Army and served in the intelligence division of the European Command. he was called back into service during the Korean War and served in the eighth army under the leadership of General Mathew Ridgeway. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He worked as a mechanical engineer for Joy and Sullivan Machinery companies and held several patents in the drill positioning equipment area. He also started his own consulting business and did many engineering projects for Dux machinery in Repentigny, Quebec. He was actively involved with his church, serving for many years as a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Mary’s and was a past member of the Knights of Columbus. He also conducted seminars for the Christian Life Center and was involved in various functions in area and state prayer groups. He was a member of the original board of directors for the Claremont Soup Kitchen. He was a volunteer in cancer research programs at DHMC; a member of Post 29 American Legion; for many years he was on the caring animal partners team visiting the county home and the Newport Day Care Center with his dog, “Bailey”. He was a driver for the “road to recovery” program. He served as assistant moderator for Ward 2 in Claremont for several years. Mike inherited his great love for the game of golf from his dad and was a member of the Claremont Country Club for over 50 years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Church at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday (March 6) with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor, officiating. Visiting hours will be held beginning at Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, until the funeral procession leaves for the church. Interment will be held at a later date in the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Parish, 32, Pearl Street, Claremont, NH 03743 for the new Catholic school.
You are invited to share a memory of Michael with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com.
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