Memorial Roll (A-B)

This Memorial Roll is dedicated to the memory of BHS members who supported our cause and are no longer with us.

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Dorothy Alley Abbott

1934 - 9/2/2015

Parents: Harleigh and Rebecca (Backman) Alley Graves Married William Abbott on September 6, 1958. Long time member of Wollaston Congregational Church in MA. Member of the a Daughters of the American Revolution Loved traveling, enjoyed gardening, and was an avid genealogy buff.
Loving mother of three children, Joyce, David and Linda

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Almena B. Lenfestey Faulkingham Alley

6/10/1931 - 8/31/2016

Daughter of Ewart G. and Mineola B. Lenfestey. Graduated in 1948 from Beals High School with a class of seven dear friends, who meant the world to her. Married her husband John Lester Faulkingham on November 14, 1949. After 16 years of marriage, she lost her husband to a drowning accident on April 26, 1965. Worked seasonal jobs to provide for her girls, Paula and Carol, until the Jonesport IGA opened in 1969 where she worked as bookkeeper for 42 years. Almena lived her life for her God and her family. Faithful member ofthe Church of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God Sang in the church choir until the age of 84 Served as Beals tax collector. Avid sports fan of JB Royals and Boston Red Sox. Genealogist Founding member of the Beals Historical Society and served as treasurer until 2008. Faithful friend of Archie M. Alley, Jr for over 25yrs.

Children: Paula Rose and Carol Leslie Grandchildren: Jason, Saundra, Laura and Renee
Great Grandchildren: Dustan, Devon, Isaiah, Melody and Isaac

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Archie M. Alley Jr.,

11/19/1930 - 11/4/2018

Son of Archie M. Alley Sr. and Minnie E. (Alley) Alley.

Archie grew up a life-long resident of Alley's Bay. Attended the Alley's Bay School and the Beals Grammar School. In his youth, he helped support his large family, including three brothers and two sisters, by shelling clams at night by lantern light. In 1949, he married his beloved wife Maxine (Merchant) Alley of Jonesport. They were married for thirty eight years and raised their three children in Alley's Bay by the sea. Supported his own family as a lobster fisherman and passed on this tradition to his grandson Jowen. Archie loved taking his kids hand lining and in the spring would go halibut fishing with his son, Hiram. When his first grandchild Bobby was born, he and Maxine made a trip to Newfoundland. Lobster boat racing was one of Archie's favorite past times. He raced several boats including The Ellen Archie, the Swan, and the Maxine M., placing first in many competitions up and down the coast of Maine. Attended basketball games and sports events supporting his children, grandchildren, and in recent years enjoyed watching his grandson Logan play for the UMM boys' basketball team. A regular visitor at Ellery Alley's garage for coffee and conversation as well as having lunch with his friends at Sunrise Healthcare Facility. Member of the Beals Advent Christian Church. Founding member of the Beals-Jonesport Co-op Life member of the Beals Historical Society. He will always be remembered for his dedication to his family, his big heartfelt smile, and his charming sense of humor.

Children: Ellen M, Archie, III, Hiram O, Leland E Grandchildren: Robert (Bobby), Jowen H., Logan W., Lindsey M. Great-grandchildren: Savannah F. Brothers: Lee M. Alley, Hiram W. Alley, and Dick Alley. Sisters: Adeline A. Alley and Gladys M. Alley. In Archie's last 29 years, his family was extended with his dear companion Almena Alley, deceased in 2016, and her family

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Lawrence Erwin Alley Sr.

1/4/1938 - 10/16/2004

Member of Beals Historical Society
Class of 1955 Beals High School Alumni
University of Maine at Orono graduate
Math and science teacher, principal and coach at Beals High School
 Teacher at Sumner High School
Fisherman and Captain of the "Flying A"
Lobster Poundkeeper in Steuben
Member of Anah Temple Shrine in Bangor and Jonesport
Member of Maine Lobster Association
Member of Moose Lodge in Zephyrhills, FL
Married Frances A. (Crowley) Alley
Had three children: Lawrence, Jr., Gary and Sylvina

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Orletta Alley

9/9/1925 - 12/8/2005

Class of 1943, Beals High School
Married Millard Lester Alley on February 26, 1944
Lifelong member of the Beals Advent Christian Church
Sunday School Secretary and later Church Clerk for many years
Loved to bake and give gifts to her family
Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

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Wendall Thelbert Alley
5/1/1938 - 8/1/ 2021

Parents: Donald N. and Lizzie (Peabody) Alley. Born and lived his life on Beals Island. Love of basketball and lobster fishing. Fondest memories in school was being on the basketball team which won the 1956 State Championship. His passion for lobstering started at the early age of 12.
Graduated from Beals High School in 1957 and continued his love of the sea until spring of 2021. 
Enjoyed fishing up by the "Golden Shore" catching the "Big Ones" and he made sure that his pair of eagles were well fed. On June 7, 1958, a year after graduating, he married the love of his life of 63 years, Joyce Ann Crowley.  Member of the Advent Christian Church, where he served as trustee and deacon for many years. Founding member of the B-J Co-Op, serving on the board. Member of the Downeast Lobsterman's Association. Children:  Dean, Thurman, and Shawn Grandchildren, Kristin, Shane, Jonathan,  Joni, Justin, Mikaela, and Makenzie Great-grandchildren, Rafael, Makenzi, Kara, Arianna, Jensen, Jameson, and Briella

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Herman Backman, Jr.


11/20/1923 - 11/25/2005

Class of 1942 Beals High School Alumni
Enlisted in USCG in 1943. 
Built first lobsterfishing boat, Norma A, in 1947
Built more than 20 boats
Instrumental in forming the Downeast Lobstermen Assoc.
Served as President of DLA for five years
Liaison for Dept of Marine Resources. 
Supporter of fishermen and their rights.
 Chairman of Beals School Board for 20+ years
. Instrumental with the construction of Beals Elementary Sschool in 1980
. Member of Beals Weslyan Church and served as Vice Chairman and member
Avid sports enthusiast in softball and golf
Member of Barren View Golf Course
Member of Beals Historical Society
Married Norma Amanda Wilcox
Had three children: Herman III, Kathy and Ralph


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Norma Amanda Backman

6/24/1926 - 2/23/2007

Lived most of her life on her beloved Beals Island
Known for her love for God, family, church and the beautiful Downeast. 
Loved music and often sung at funerals, weddings and church events
Worked for several years at the Beals Elementary School
. Enjoyed reminiscing and drinking coffee with her special friends at “Tall Barney’s”
Loved scrapbooking with her granddaughter, Amanda and going on long rides with her son, Ralph and her “granddog,” Jordan, the prettiest dog in the world Family and Faith were of the utmost importance. 
Loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend
. Married: Herman Backman Jr.
Children: Linfield, Herman III, Kathy Ann and Ralph

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Abegail Augusta "Gustie" Beal

1/4/1920 - 2/17/2006

Member of Beals Historical Society
Sardine and Clam factory worker
Beals Ambulance Service Administrator. 
Resthaven Nursing Home worker until retirement
Enjoyed going to yard sales


Husband: Mariner "Lovie" Beal
Had three children: Isaac, Gracie and Spencer

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Alverda Mae Crowley Beal

4/14/1936 - 5/28/2019

Daughter of Lindell and Louisa (Backman) Crowley
. Raised in "Alley's Bay" where she had many childhood friends. Spent summers with family at Black Duck Cove camp. Married the love of her life, Stanley Beal, on February 21, 1956. Joined Stanley in Anchorage, Alaska when e was stationed in the U.S Air Force from 1954-1958.
Family was the most important thing in her life, and this was evident in the way she loved them over the years.   She loved photography and scrapbooking and time spent at Schoodic Lake.
Children: Melinda Leigh, Glenn Stanley, Melanie Jean and Lindell Larry

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Alvin Leon Beal Jr

2/8/1922 - 3/20/2013

Son of Alvin and Nancy (Beal) Beal
Alvin served in World War II, Pacific Campaign, U.S. Coast Guard, seaman first class, and received an honorable discharge. A lobster fisherman for most of his life. Member of Advent Christian Church, serving as a janitor and deacon.
Married first, Christine Beal Married second, Olive Beal Merchant Beal Brother: Clarence Beal
Daughter: Joanne
 Grandson: Jay Great grandson: Joshua

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Charles H. Beal II

8/14/1918 - 10/15/2008

Devoted his life to his family. 
Worked for many years as a pound keeper with his grandfather, Charles H. Beal I
Spent most of his life as a lobster fisherman. 
Served as Town Selectman for many years.
Instrumental in getting State approval for the Beals-Jonesport bridge
. Enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and coyote trapping
. Summered on Fisherman's Island and Slate Island with his wife, Leila and close fishing buddy, Earlon Beal and his wife, Leta
Avid historian and was an expert story teller
Enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge with others
Loving husband, father, and grandfather. 
Married Leila E. (Lenfestey) Beal
 Children: Luther and Farrell

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Clinton L. Beal

4/15/1923 - 3/10/2007

Parents: George F. and Emma S. (Woodward) Beal.
Lifelong member of the Beals Advent Christian Church where he served as the men’s Sunday school teacher, was a deacon, and completed his service as elder Member of the Gideons International for more than 20 years
Eagle Scout...loved the outdoors
Worked for Russell Rogers and Son General Store doing furnace and installation repair.
 Well known as a jack-of-all-trades and could build or fix just about anything.
In 1954, he became the caretaker for Priscilla (DeForest) Williams on Head Harbor Island, summering there with his family throughout his life.
Also served Nathaniel and Priscilla Roe on Hall’s Island.
Boat builder: His craft of boat building was discovered when he rebuilt the stern of his father’s boat at 17. After he graduated from high school, he worked as an apprentice for boat builder, Riley Beal.
In June 1956, his first lobster boat design, the White Stallion was completed launching his boat building business. He completed more than 60 boats.
Recognized by the Maine Boat Builders Hall of Fame in 1997
Instrumental force in creating the Jonesport-Beals Community School District, serving on the school board for more than three decades, including chairman. Served on Beals Town Planning Board
Storyteller, enjoyed reading, learning, the news, history and geography
Wonderful sense of humor, loved to laugh and was known for teasing his wife Adored his family, friends, church, and God
A loving and giving man
Married: Lottie E. Beal
Had two sons, Ray N. Beal and Dana L. Beal

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Earlon O. Beal

12/31/1918 - 4/19/2003

Parents, Chester A. and Delcena N. (Beal) Lenfestey
. Lifelong member of the Community of Christ, Beals, were she held the office of Treasurer
Treasurer of Beals Ambulance Service
. Beals town Selectperson
. Beal’s Post Office clerk
Worked at O.L. and R.C. Carver’s store. 
Devoted to her family
Remembered for her pies, doughnuts, and other baked goodies. Her cookie jar was never empty. Downeast Maine’s Poet Laureate
. Published book entitled “Memorabilia: A Collection of Poetic Writings”.
Husband: Floyd Beal
Had one child: son, Almer F. Peabody

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Leila E. (Lenfestey) Beal

1/16/1918 - 10/28/2003

Loved being a homemaker and caring for her family. 
Some of the best cooking around
. Enjoyed summers with her family on Fisherman’s Island and Slate Island
. Life member of the Community of Christ Church
. The most important things in her life were family, church and friends
. Member of Beals Historical Society
. Always thoughtful of others. 
Wonderful, kind, and caring neighbor
Part-time teacher's aid at Beals School
Loving wife, mother and grandmother
. Married to Charles H. Beal II
Children: Luther and Farrell

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Lewis Austin Beal, Sr.

11/21/1937 - 9/2/2020

Born to Elihu Beal II and Laura (Backman) Beal. Married Sara (Beal) Beal
Graduated from Beals High School in 1956. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Maine at Machias in 1985. Lobster fisherman for many years
Retired from UMM. Served his country in both the United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force. Member of The Church of the Lamb of God, Beals Historical Society, Sons of American Revolution, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of the Veterans Reserve, The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post #108, and the National Rifle Association. Enjoyed spending time with his family at camp, playing cards and dominos with Sara, and fishing with grandson, Michael.
Children: Lewis Beal, Jr. Grandchildren:  Michael Beal

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Leta Fae Lenfestey Beal

8/25/1930 - 11/14/2012

Graduated from Beals High School as valedictorian of her class at the age of 16  
Worked as a telephone operator, worked in the fish factory, and made and sold doughnuts at a local grocery store. Served the town of Beals as tax collector, planning board member and appointed as registrar. Women’s leader, Sunday school teacher and served as a deacon in her beloved church, Community of Christ. Most important in her life, other than God, the thing that brought her the most joy was her role as homemaker for her husband, mother to her children and grandmother to her grandchildren
Loved helping others. Married Earlon Beal
Had two children, Lowell Edward “Don” and Terry Luan
Parents Chester and Delcena (Beal) Lenfestey

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Lottie E. Beal "Aunt Lottie"

4/17/1924 - 1/5/2010

Secretary at Jonesport-Beals High School for 27 years
. Member of Beals Historical Society and Gideons International Auxiliary, and lifelong member of Beals Advent Christian Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader
Enjoyed singing in the church choir, playing guitar and piano, knitting and crocheting, telling stories, writing letters and playing the card game, Rook. 
Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
 Assisted her husband, Clinton, caretaking on Head Harbor Island. 
Married Clinton L. Beal
Had two sons, Ray N. Beal and Dana L. Beal
Parents Edmund Leroy and Martha Octavia (Crowley) Alley

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Norma Lisa (Bean) Beal
5/15/1961 - 6/28/2021

She was born May 15, 1961, in Bexar County, Texas, the daughter of the late Maureen (Crowley) Blyther and Charles Bean. She graduated from the University of Maine at Machias with her bachelor's degree in Education. She taught grade school at DW Merritt, in Addison, Beals Elementary, and Jonesport Elementary. She worked for many years as a medical assistant at the Arnold Memorial Medical Center in Jonesport, as well as an E.M.T for the Moosabec Ambulance Service. She loved spending summers at the Branch Lake Campground. Daughter of Charles Bean and Maureen Crowley Blyther. Married Dean Beal
University of Maine at Machias graduate with Bachelor's degree in Education.
Taught grade school DW Merritt, Addison ME and Jonesport Elementary
Worked for many years as a Medical Assistant at AMMC, Jonesport
Also worked as EMT for Moosabec Ambulance Service 
Taught CPR classes Enjoyed spending summers at Branch Lake Campground
Children: Stephen Bean and Tamie White

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Margaret E. (Phinney) Beal
4/17/1932 - 4/8/2015

Desired to become a nurse, but at the age of 11 her parents required her to help raise her younger siblings (she completed 7 years of education). 
Worked her parents farm, cleaned homes, packed sardines and shelled clams
. Had many friend and a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit.
 Had a giving heart, asking nothing in return
. Married her love, John W. Beal, Sr. and worked beside him fishing.
 Attended Beals Wesleyan Church
Margaret loved her immediate family and her extended family, as she put claim to anyone she befriended.
Loved the ocean, playing bingo, basketball, horse shoes, pool or any game kids would play.
 Children: John Beal Jr., Alvin Beal (deceased) James Beal Sr. Mercy Beal and Inez Frazier

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Osmond "Buddy" M. Beal

1/13/1931 - 7/13/2021

Parents: Vinal and Kathleen (Alley) Beal.
Born on Beals Island As a young boy he moved with his family to Head Harbor Island 
To attend school, which was in a church, he had to walk quite a distance, even crossing a large pasture full of various farm animals. Graduated from Beals High School in 1951 Played on the 1956 State Championship basketball team. Joined the United States Army, where he proudly served from 1952 to 1954  Stationed in England, where he worked with the Airforce to build a runway, and had the distinct honor of attending Queen Elizabeth's coronation.  Married the love of his life, Barbara (Alley), on September 17th, 1954. Began working in a boat shop owned by his father, Vinal, and his uncles, Alvin and Mariner. Later built his own successful shop, where he built boats that went all over the country. During the time that wooden lobster boats were losing popularity, Osmond designed a fiberglass model which was purchased by H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine. His designs awarded him a place in the boat builder's Hall of Fame. During the summer, Osmond took a break from boat building and would be on the water lobster fishing. One of Osmond's greatest enjoyments was being on the water and watching wildlife. Faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, where he served as a Deacon for many years. Enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren's school sporting events, and cheering them on.  Against popular opinion he was an avid New York Yankees fan.  As the eldest male resident of Beals Island, he was honored to cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Beals bridge. Osmond was blessed with many wonderful experiences, accomplishments, and passions during his life, but nothing meant more to him than his family. Children:  Pamela Johnson  Grandchildren: Shanna Blackwood and Erick Blackwood Great grandchildren: Zachary and Emma Vincent 

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Sandra Marie Beal

7/28/1949 - 7/20/2011

Daughter of Edward and Janet (Bubar) Beal
. Married her childhood sweetheart, Anthony L. Beal Sr. Fostered an exceptional life complete with children, family and friends through hard work, determination and self-reliance. Believed that a home filled with love, kindness and enjoyment was far more important than a home filled with material possessions.
 Taught her children the value of patience, understanding, forgiveness and honesty, and the determination to succeed. Favorite holiday was Christmas. Enjoyed many of life's simple pleasures, such as planting flowers, watching figure-skating, sitting with her Siamese cats, going for a ride with her husband or chatting with friends. Favorite summertime activities was picking blueberries with her granddaughters.
Worked for 24 years as a certified nursing assistant at Sunrise Nursing Care Facility. Earned a reputation of excellence and endurance in serving the people she loved. Member of Beals Historical Society
Children: Anthony Beal Jr and Janette (Jan) Erickson
Grandchildren: Lauren Marie, Lean Jane, Hannah Beal, Morgan Jannette.

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John C. Bodger Jr.

12/15/1918 - 11/22/2005

Born in Los Angeles California to John Sr and Bertha (Jones) Bodger
. Married: Dorothy (Bridges) Bodger
Had one child Ian C. Bodger
Head of the history, biography dept. of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Credited with building the Whitneyville Public Library from one of the smallest to one of the largest in the county, circulating over 15,000 books annually and serving local schools with books and story hours. 
Active in community affairs, serving many years on the Whitneyville school board and recreation committee
Active in the Washington County Democratic Committee and helped write the recycling section of the State Solid Waste Management Act
On the first Whitneyville recreation committee which worked with St. Regis Paper Co. and the State of Maine in building a Little League baseball diamond in Whitneyville
. For 21 years John was secretary of the county historical society, Sunrise Research Institute, which held Canadian-American local history festivals in Washington County or Canada annually
A gifted writer. He wrote articles for many newspapers and magazines.
Published three books; Sunrise County Cookbook, Sunrise County Architecture and the History of Whitneyville
Member of the Whitneyville Congregational Church and served as a deacon for many years. 
Served four and a half years in the U.S. Army Medica during World War II Recipient of the Norman W. Duzen Community Service award for volunteer efforts in Washington County
Teacher in New Jersey and California
Served with distinction as a librarian in New Jersey and New York

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Stanley P. Blish

4/29/1925 - 2/23/

Born in Lancaster Pennsylvania 
Married Carolyn his wife of 60 years. Graduate of Admiral Farragut Naval Academy and Yale University. Served as a Naval Officer during World War II, retiring from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. In 1946 he began as a junior accountant executive in the New York advertising agency, Benton & Bowles, Inc. Began working at DuPont Company in 1949 and retired an executive in 1984
An adventurer at heart, Blish loved open-ocean scuba diving and sailing his Bermuda 40 yawl off the coast of Maine. As an aviator, he held commercial, instrument and multi-engine aircraft ratings. 
Enjoyed flying his own aircraft, with wife, on countless trips from Canada to South America. Marksman and avid gun collector.
Children: Valerie and Christi 

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Margery Katherine (Crowley) Brown

7/26/1927 - 12/3/2006

Born to Milford M. and Florence M. (McEntee) Crowley. Childhood spent in her beloved Corea.
Family moved to Rockland during WWII. Graduated from Rockland High School in 1945
In 1947, she married her husband of 54 years, Ted Brown. Moved to Cherryfield in 1952. Town clerk for nine years, planning board for 10 years, election warden, town meeting moderator and town selectman.  Volunteered for many organizations with some of them being Cherryfield Free Public Library, Sunrise Economic Council, Washington County Council of Government and the Cherryfield – Narraguagus Historical Society. President of the historical society for 32 years. Receivws a 2 Those Who Care Award in 2005 Charter member of the reorganized Cherryfield Grange No. 256 where she had presided as chaplain and past flora.
Children: Lawrence, Michael and his wife, and Katherine  Grandchildren, Eli and Rebecca Brown 
Margery’s last wish was for people to volunteer to make their community a better place.

If you have any additional information about members on the Memorial Roll that you would like to see added to this page, please send the information to bhspresident@moosabec.org, subject "Memorial Roll". Photographs are welcome and may be from any period of the members life.