Edwin Frederick Bezanson
HAMPSTEAD, NH: Edwin Frederick Bezanson, 87, died peacefully on November 1, 2015 at Brentwood Nursing Home following a prolonged illness.
On February 15, 1928 he was born at the family homestead on 416 East Road, the son of the late William and Anna (Neilson) Bezanson.
He was educated in Hampstead schools. While in his teens he worked at the Hotel Whittier as a bell-hop, later working for two years at Western Electric to provide for his mother Anna until her death.
For 63 years he was married to his devoted and loving wife Elizabeth “Betty” (Duchemin) Bezanson. She caught his big blue eyes at a dance in Merrimac, MA on a Saturday night. They were united in marriage two years later at the Baptist Church, in Saunders Hill in Haverhill.
Edwin was happiest when working as a self-employed carpenter. He took great pride in building three homes for his wife and children on the family homestead where he was born named “Jorgenson”, and also building a summer camp on Eagle Lake, Maine.
Edwin was a member of Masonic Lodge Gideon No. 81 F. & A.M., of Kingston, NH, and was Past Master for two terms. He enjoyed being dedicated to making good men better, and the friendships he made through Masonry. He was presented with the Major General John Sullivan Award for his work in Free Masonry.
Edwin had great pride in his family heritage and genealogy, leaving behind the Bezanson legacy for future generations.
In 1988 he was fortunate to travel to the Principality of Montbeliard, France, northwest of Switzerland, to research family archives with his daughter Dorothy Cooper.
In making this trip he established a life-long friendship with Max Kolbani which he cherished.
Edwin traveled to the town of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia with his wife Betty for the dedication of Montbeliard Monument dedicated to Foreign Protestants who had landed in Nova Scotia onboard the ship Speedwell in 1752. The monument bears the Bezanson name in French language. During the trip he visited his father’s birthplace in Mt. Tom, Nova Scotia.
In addition to his wife Elizabeth, he is survived by two daughters, Deborah Lucchesi, Dorothy Cooper and her husband Robert; sons, Forrest Bezanson, David Bezanson and his wife Karen; grandchildren, Gregory, Adam, Joey, Jason, Chad, Ethan and Brianna; great grandchildren, Amaya, Joey, Krystal, Lily, Bradley, Brayden, Olivia, Cooper, Paisley; great great grandchildren, James, Divinity and Daegan.
He is predeceased by his siblings, Laura Shaw, Evelyn Thompson and Steven Bezanson.
The family extends their grateful and heartfelt thanks to the staff at Hampstead Public Library for providing reading material to Edwin during his illness.
Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. At the request of the family a service of remembrance will be held at a later date. It will be a time to share memories, and look back on the life of a person who cherished his family and heritage with love, humor and storytelling. Edwin’s “Wish” is that donations in his memory be made to Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead, NH 03842.