Harold E. Beisaw ’52 died on February 17, 2023, in Farmington, Maine.
(The following was provided by the Tribute Archive on July 20, 2019)
Farmington, Maine – Harold Everett Beisaw, 94, a life-long resident of North Jay, Maine, died on the 17th of February 2023.
He was born in Wilton, Maine, and attended Emerson Grammar School and Wilton Academy where he excelled in many sports, especially football, and held the State of Maine high school javelin record for many years. He spent an additional year at Maine Central Institute prior to attending Bowdoin College.
In 1950 he entered the USAF during the Korean War and was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Harold served as an airborne electronics technician. During his service he was a catcher of a championship softball team for two years. He was honorably discharged as a master sergeant in 1954. He then joined his father’s automobile agency and continued the business for many years after his father’s retirement.
During the 1970s he enjoyed drag and auto racing at Oxford Plains Speedway, obtaining the track championship in his class on two occasions. Also, he spent winters enjoying auto ice racing. He continued his sports interest as an assistant coach at Wilton Academy and as a coach in youth sports. Harold excelled at skiing and was one of the earliest skiers at Sugarloaf Mountain. He eventually became a ski instructor at Sugarloaf for over thirty-five years. Recently, a cardiac condition made it necessary for him to stop skiing at the age of 93.
Harold was extremely active in local civic affairs. He was a proud Mason serving as Grand Master of the Wilton Lodge and served as a State District Deputy. At the time of his passing, he was the Master of the North Jay Grange and was one of the longest members of the Lions Club. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a long-standing member of the Jay Volunteer Fire Department. For many years Harold was a presenter with the Dale Carnegie Institute.
Harold leaves his companion of forty years, Jackie Dennis of Farmington; sons, James of Poughkeepsie, NY, Michael of Farmington, Stephen of Wilton; a brother, Norman Beisaw of Shrewsbury, MA; a sister, Barbara Witcher of Littleton, CO. He leaves many nieces and nephews who loved being in his company.