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Philip J. Beaton

Lebanon, N.H. — Philip J. Beaton, 89, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2013 at Cedar Hill Health Care Center, Windsor, Vt.

He was born in Manchester, N.H. on Aug. 23, 1923, the son of John Laughlin Beaton and Beatrice Gertrude Clark. After the death of his mother in 1924, he was raised by his grandmother Jessie Beaton Fellows in Canaan, N.H. He attended school in Canaan, and was a member of the Class of 1941. During World War II he enlisted in the Army and served in the 243 Coastal Artillery. After his service with the Army, he attended Plymouth State College majoring in Business Administration. In Dec. of 1948 he married Eleanor E. Sweatt in Enfield, N.H. The couple resided in Lebanon where Phil worked for Lewis Motors as a salesman. In 1959, he became General Manager for Smith Auto Sales in Claremont. After moving to Florida in 1970, he was involved in several business ventures including owning and operating the Orange Blossom Hotel and adjoining stores. One of his favorite ventures was operating a beach concession on New Smyrna Beach, where he enjoyed meeting and talking with a vacationers from around the world.

Phil was a member of many organizations including the Masons, receiving recognition as a 50 year member. He was also a member of the Bektash Shrine Oriental Band for many years. Phil activated a group known as the Potentates Troubadours, which was a musical entertainment group that raised awareness for the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Over a period of 15 years they donated more than $15,000 to the hospital. In the 1950’s he was a drummer in the Scottish band the Pipers of Ben Dhu. He was an Honorary Life Member of the American Legion Post #22, and a life member of the Elks and the Disabled American Veterans Post #84. He was also a member of the Moose, the Eagles, and other fraternal organizations. Phil was a member of the Congregational Church and the Edgewater Union Church.

People will remember Phil as a happy, outgoing person who enjoyed a good joke and sharing his music with many, entertaining them on his portable keyboard. He had a love for dogs, warm climates, and good conversation. He liked to travel and was fortunate to be able to visit the Canary Islands, Marrakesh, Morocco, Hawaii, Calgary, Newfoundland, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and San Francisco, but he most enjoyed his time in Florida.

Phil appreciated the care and attention he received from the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction, and Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor, Vt.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Joseph Rozzo, of Cornish, N.H., son and daughter-in-law, G. Douglas Beaton and Lorna Ross, of Londonderry, N.H.; grandson, Jason Rozzo, and his wife, Kathy, of Dover, N.H., and granddaughters, Jessica Rozzo, of Medford, Mass., Mara and Tori Beaton, of Richmond, Va., and his great grandsons Nicholas, Camron and Zachary Rozzo. He is also survived by a cousin, June Butman Mcgaffick, of Las Vegas, Nev. and a special friend, Jennie Sousa of Canaan, N.H.

He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Eleanor S. Beaton of Claremont.

All are invited to share in a celebration of Phil’s life at the Guyer-Carignan Post # 22, 189 Mechanic St., Lebanon on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will be at the Mountain View Cemetery, Claremont, N.H. and will be private at the convenience of the family. Messages of sympathy can be shared at www.rickerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to The Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Mass.