Thursday, July 26, 2012

Frank Beazley laid to rest

Photo by Katy Miller

After a funeral Mass in the Zambarano Hospital chapel that drew an overflow crowd of more than 200 -- and featured three very moving eulogies -- Frank was laid to rest today at Acotes Hill Cemetery, a beautiful spot in the quaint village of Chepachet. Along with Zambarano staffers Ed Fanning and Steve Westerman, who delivered one of the eulogies, I was honored to be a pallbearer. Frank would have been pleased by it all.

Frank's funeral at Zambarano.

Several politicians and dignitaries joined patients, staff and friends in sending Frank off. My daughter Katy, representing the lieutenant governor, joined me. Like everyone in my family, including my other daughter, Rachel, who works at Zam, Katy got to know this remarkable man over the years.

Frank was buried with some of his precious personal items, including his beloved signature hats and pins. Please honor his memory, as I have also done, with a contribution in his name to the group he long headed: a check made out to Patients for Progress, c/o Stephen Westerman, Zambarano Hospital, 2090 Wallum Lake Rd., Pascoag, RI 02859.

Godspeed, Frank, godspeed.

Read the full text of The Growing Season, the story of Frank Beazley, through this link.

Photo by Mary Murphy.


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