NEW HAVEN/SALISBURY– Jerry Harold Beacham, 75, died in your home in the caring arms of his partner and children on April 7, 2021. He had actually been detected with ALS in 2018, an incurable, deadly illness, but had most likely been suffering from it since at least 2012. ALS may have robbed him of his physical strength, but never his psychological strength. The night before he died, in peaceful discussions, he chose the hawk as his spirit animal to soar through the sky. As he put down on his medical facility bed on that gorgeous warm morning, a magnificent hawk landed in a tree simply off the deck, as if to say, “follow me … it will be okay.” Jerry passed without hesitation or worry.
Jerry was born Sept. 17, 1945, in a San Francisco suburban area near the end of The second world war. His mom was a “Rosie the Riveter” in the shipyards and his dad worked as a carpenter structure camps for the armed forces. After the war his household headed back to Arkansas to use up farming and after that in 1950 they moved to the suburbs of Chicago to discover more chances for a much better life and settled in the town of Downers Grove. Jerry finished from high school there and went on to earn a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1967.
Next started a series of walk around the nation to eight various states, finally showing up in Vermont in 1979, where he and his family took up residence in East Middlebury. He opened his State Farm Insurance Agency on Sept. 1, 1979, at 75 Court Street in Middlebury and stayed there for the next 33 years, up until his retirement in 2012.
In 1993 Jerry married Jackie Weldon Seubert, a loving union that combined two households, numerous good friends and years of delighted memories, making “household” the most important element in their lives. In 1998 Jackie and Jerry moved from Cornwall to their freshly reconstructed retirement community in New Sanctuary.
Back in 1979 Jerry had the chance to live any location in the northeast, however it was Vermont that drew him. Hunting, fishing, boating, snow skiing, water skiing, tennis, platform tennis, scuba diving, treking, camping, softball, basketball and golf were all activities he delighted in. His preferred location was their home on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury, which Jackie and Jerry bought in 1996. It ended up being a draw for family and friends– where summer days were spent on the dock and mixed drink time began at 4 p.m. 2 other unique locations Jerry enjoyed were “Bird Camp” on the shores of Flagstaff Lake in western Maine and the Slocum Deer Camp in Ripton.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Elva (Evans); his very first kid, Jeffrey Martin; and his in-laws, Ronald and Gisele Weldon. Jerry is survived by his loving partner, Jackie; son Todd Beacham and his children, Sean (Zoe), Patrick and Karinna of Portland, Maine; child Erin Bogart (Dave) and boys JJ and Jameson of Reno, Nev.; child Aaron Seubert (Jenn Clifford) and children Ollie, Evie, Asher and Wylie of South Burlington; and daughter Amanda Seubert and children Chloe and Alexandra of Middlebury. He is also made it through by his sister, Jean Fleming (Dave) and nephew Jordan of California; sister-in-law Michelle Margarone and nephew Nicholas (Amanda); sister-in-law Chris Reid (Ron) and niece Leah (James); and his ex-wife Chris Bannerman. Last but not least, Jerry is endured by his endless dear pals who visited, called and commemorated him. Ever a patient listener, Jerry provided both sound and sensible advice, always authentic with his epic smile.
Jerry wished to reveal his thankfulness to his medical care physician, Dr. Peter Wilhelm, his Palliative Care doctor, Dr. Diana Barnard, who was and is a real treasure, and hospice nurse Kathy Brande in helping him handle this dreadful disease and completion of his life. Gratitude is likewise encompassed the lots of employee of the ALS clinic at Fannie Allen for their warmth and caring suggestions.
Memorial contributions in Jerry’s name might be made to the ALS Association of NNE, 10 Ferryboat St., Suite 438, Concord, N.H, 03301; Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753; the Palliative Care Department, Porter Medical Center, 115 Porter Dr., Middlebury, VT 05753; or Patient Options Vermont, Act 39 Advocacy Company, PO Box 671, Shelburne, VT 05482.
Jerry chose Act 39, Death with Dignity, which gave him fantastic assurance. Generous to the end, never ever angry, never ever complaining, he was a real motivation to us all and we will carry him in our hearts.
An event of Jerry’s life will be held at the family cottage on Lake Dunmore this summertime. ◊