Paul Beals, 71, of Terryville, passed away at home peacefully with his family by his side after battling a longtime illness, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Paul was born, Jan. 28, 1947, in Bristol, son of the late Gordon Beals Sr. and survived by his dear mother, Myrtle Beals, that started this crazy bunch.
He is also survived by his life partner, best friend and loving wife of 51 years, April Beals; their three children, who loved him so much, son, Todd Beals and his wife, Debbie, of Keystone Heights, Fla., daughter, Kelly Daniels and her husband, Guy, of Bristol, and son, Ron Pinheiro, and his wife, Cynthia, of Parker, Colo. He also leaves six grandchildren, Emily, Meagan, Mallorie, Sarah, John and Ben, who he loved beyond words. He is also survived by his brother, Gordon Beals Jr, and sister, Sandra Harkey, along with several nieces, nephews and many close friends.
Paul lived in Terryville for 49 years. Of that, he was a police officer for 33 years, a protector and peace keeper for the Plymouth community which he truly loved. During this time he served in many roles as a senior firearms instructor for the Town of Plymouth, certified instructor for the Municipal Police Training Academy, an undercover narcotics investigator with the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, certified fire investigator for the Town of Plymouth, investigator for many major crimes, NRA firearms instructor, one of the first members of Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corp., member of the Order of DeMolay.
He was a boy scout (troop 4) in Bristol. Camp Wightman held a special place in Paul’s heart with many memories and happy times. He devoted both time and energy putting the dock in and taking it out every year since 1960. The friendships that he developed there grew into an enormous extended family. Words cannot express the love and the bond that is felt by this family.
Paul had such a love for making people smile, laugh and bring the best out of them. He was the energy that would light up any place he went, leaving huge footprints in the lives of the people he touched. When Paul retired in 2002, he loved to travel, spending time with his family at Martha’s Vineyard, playing cards with friends and just puttering around the home, but his greatest love was spending time with his family and taking care of them. Forever in our hearts.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Bristol Hospital Hospice and especially Julie who made all the difference in the world.
The Memorial Service will be a Celebration of Paul’s life on Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at Bridge Community Church, 43 School St., Bristol, CT. A short calling hour will be held at 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to Camp Wightman, 207 Coal Pit Hill Road, Griswold, CT 06351 or Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corp, 191 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786.
Go to Scott Funeral Home, Inc. www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com for any questions. Post any memories you may have of Paul; they will be treasured.