Reginald E. "Reggie" Besaw, 85, of the River Road, Peru, died Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the UVM Health Network, CVPH in Plattsburgh.
He was born in Peasleeville, January 20, 1932, the son of Edward and Ethel (Parrish) Besaw. He was grew up in Peasleeville and attended school in Peru. Later in life he was awarded an honorary high school diploma from Plattsburgh High School.
A very proud veteran, Reggie served in the United States Army overseas during the Korean Conflict from 1952 until his honorable dishcharge in 1954.
Reggie owned and operated HELP Heating in Peru, servicing both heating and air conditioning for generations of North Country families. He was always available to help those in need.
Reggie was a loyal an active member of the Peru VFW Post 309 in Peru. He also belonged to the American Legion Post 20, Knights of Columbus, and the Peru Rod and Gun Club.
He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. Reggie also loved to sing and dance and occassionally visit the casino. Though he passed suddenly and unexpectedly, those who loved him take comfort in the fact that he did all that he enjoyed, right to the end.
Left to cherish the memory of Reggie are, his companion, Marion Downs; his children and their spouses, Bonnie and Jon Landry of Crown Point, Diane and Jeff Liberty of Clayburgh, Bruce and Georgia Besaw of Peru, Kenneth and Holly Besaw of Peasleeville, David and Beth Besaw of Saranac, Doug and Zoey Besaw of Schuyler Falls, Nancy and Mike McCray of Schuyler Falls, Rob Besaw of Harkness, and Pam Besaw of Peru; 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Shirley Besaw; second wife, Patricia Besaw; 17 year companion, Caroline Riley; children, Robin Leyendecker and Cheryl Braun; and brothers, Elrick Besaw and Dwayne Besaw.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 11 to 1 PM at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A funeral service will follow at 1 PM in the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Committal prayers, military honors and burial will follow in St. Augustine's Cemetery in Peru. A reception will follow at the Peru VFW Post 309.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Peru VFW Post 309.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.