Clarence W. Beayon
Clarence W. Beayon
CASTLETON — Clarence Willard Beayon, 83, of Castleton died peacefully at Rutland Regional Medical Center with his family by his side on January 9, 2013.
He was born on December 14, 1929, son of Clarence and Marjorie (Chenney) Beayon.
As a teen he began working at his family’s well-drilling business, and later went on to work at Howe Scale until leaving home to serve his country in the Korean Conflict.
On September 10, 1955, he married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Traverse, and together they began their family nestled in the hills of Birdseye Mountain. Upon his return from Korea, he was employed by FA Tucker, clearing power lines, after which he returned to work at Howe Scale for 27 years until their closing.
This was followed by his employment at Rutland Armory, until his retirement in October of 1991.
Clarence, known by many as “ Farmer Bill” or “Watosh,” had a zest and passion for life; a lover of hunting, fishing, square dancing, arm wrestling, horseshoes, softball, car shows, restoration of antique cars, and yodeling.
A man of many talents, there was nothing more that Clarence loved than his family, and was a face you always saw on the sidelines of every child or grandchild’s sports activities. In his later years, he continued his love of sports as a diehard Boston Red Sox fan.
Clarence is survived by his wife Shirley; their nine children: Cindy and Barry Stoodley, Donna and John Durfee, Clarence Jr. and Paula Beayon, Ron and Colleen Beayon, Scott and Martha Beayon, Peggy and Bill Greene, Matt and Kathy Beayon, Joe and Sally Beayon, Dan and Lisa Beayon; one brother Everett Beayon, and his three sisters Anna Hewitt, Eleanor Bushey, and Marlene Beayon; along with 35 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and his longtime friends and co-workers Frank Panarello (Punker) and Charlie French (Cha Cha); and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers Henry Beayon, Joe Beayon, Chester Beayon, and his sister Marjorie Haley, a daughter-in-law Leslie, and a great-grandson Nolan.
Clarence Beayon touched everyone in his own way. A son, a husband, father, grandfather, friend, he taught us all the greatest lessons in life; patience, selflessness, kindness, community, respect for nature and wildlife, the meaning of family. The greatest of all, he taught us the power of love. Love of family, love of life, and love of God. With gratitude in our hearts, and lifetime of beautiful memories, your legacy will remain with us. Until we meet again, may peace be with you, and may heaven be littered with big-horned bucks, rivers boiling with trout, thickets full of rabbits, and a coon in every tree.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013, at the Federated Church in Castleton, VT.
There will be no calling hours.
Burial will be at a later date in the Traverse Family Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Durfee Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity. An action we all can make as a tribute to Clarence is to take a child outside hunting, fishing, hiking or just to enjoy nature’s beauty.