Beecher LaPoint

Beecher William "Bucky" LaPoint

Thursday, March 29th, 1934 - Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
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South Glens Falls

Beecher “Bucky” William LaPoint passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 21, 2019 at the Home of the Good Shepard in Moreau.

Born March 29, 1934 in the Glens Falls Hospital to late George William LaPoint and Dorthea (Conklin) LaPoint. Dad was raised amongst extended family on Robinson Street, a proud “West Ender” and “Broad Street School” kid to the end.

Growing up during The Great Depression and World War II made Dad very resourceful and hard working. At a young age Dad was around cars and engines of all varieties, and after graduating from Glens Falls High School these interests spawned his early employment in gas stations and auto repair businesses, there was not much he could not fix. Dad’s love of engines eventually found him working for Air-Land Auto Parts. In the mid 1960’s Dad took a job with the Broughton Corporation working in the OEM parts department for high pressure showers and oscillators, he would eventually move into a sales role, this is where Dad found his true calling. Dad spent his career traveling the globe selling paper machine components for various manufacturers including Albany Engineered Systems, Sandy Hill, Tampella and finally retiring in 1999 from the Valmet Corporation.

In 1958 Dad met his truest love, Karen Nancy Plue, they were married at St. Alphonsus Church on June 21, 1958, soon after they built their first home and settled in South Glens Falls. Traveling 50 weeks a year did not leave a lot of time for extra activities, but Dad always found time for dirt bikes repairs, oil changes and the occasional bit of body work. Dad’s commitment to family and his unconditional Love never wavered. In his retirement Dad enjoyed trolling Lake Champlain aboard the “Priority”, for lake trout and salmon and napping in a sunny ridge in Minerva “hunting” for whitetails.

Beecher is predeceased by his parents and wife of 55 years Karen, he also leaves behind his children Penny Sciancalepore, Debbie Greene, Matt (Amy) LaPoint, Mark (Karen) LaPoint, and Luke LaPoint, along with his, (10) grandchildren Guy and Anna Sciancalepore, Kevin (Rosie) and Dennis Greene, Matthew, Nicholas, Rebecca LaPoint, Alexandra King, Hilary and Mason LaPoint and great grand daughter Adeline King, all will miss him greatly.

At Dads request there will be no calling hours. A Catholic Mass will be held at 11 am Friday August 23, St. Michael the Archangel in South Glen Falls, officiated by Reverend Guy A. Childs. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Glens Falls.

In lieu flowers memorial donations can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga County, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
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  • Service

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    St. Michael the Archangel Church
    80 Saratoga Ave.
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    Rev. Guy A. Childs
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery - South Glens Falls
    Main Street
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Posted at 12:58pm

Jim Lant

Posted at 05:46am
To all of Bucky’s children I am very sorry to hear the news of your dads passing. He was a wonderful guy and one of the most knowledgeable guys I ever knew, he was definitely a jack of all trades. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. You were blessed to have the parents you had and now they are together again in heaven I’m sure. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Plue Murphy

Posted at 12:08pm
Dear Cousins, We are so sorry to see that Uncle Bucky passed away, please know that my brothers and I extend our deepest sympathies to you. I have many very fond, fun memories of my favorite uncle, from the first time meeting him when your mom brought him to our grandparents house, his great fancy cars he drove, going out in his boat at Plue family gatherings and his great sense of humor. Find comfort in knowing that he now will be with your mom, both of them watching over you. Kathy Plue Murphy, Rich, Duane and Peter Plu

Steve Butterfield

Posted at 11:53am
It is with sad heart and fond memories that I say goodbye to Beecher "Bucky". My childhood was spent getting in the way of Bucky working in the garage or going to hunting camp with Bucky, Matt, Jugger and Luke. I will always be grateful to have known such a great role model. He show me that getting your hands dirty was an privileged and not a chore. Looking after others should always be at the top of your list of things to do and loving your family is above all the "most important" thing a father could do. I hope that my time with Bucky, and learning how to be a great man has rubbed off and I can pass that on to my family in his honor. My life is better because of the time I spent with the LaPoint family. My condolences to Penny, Debbie, Jugger, Luke and most of all Matt and Amy. Bucky is now back where he belongs, next to Karen for eternity. All the love in the world.

Timothy Corydon Suprise

Posted at 10:17am
All who had the privilege of knowing "Bucky" found themselves blessed in many regards. A hard-working, resourceful person who was quick to help others, Beecher was a devoted family man and loyal to his friends in every regard. I had the good fortune of growing up with him and his family in our neighborhood, as well as the opportunity to work with him at Albany Engineered Systems, and one would look long and far to find a better leader, neighbor and friend. It's my sincere hope and prayer that the family will find a measure of peace and solace knowing that he is finally reunited with his beloved Karen.

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