South Glens Falls
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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.