Kenneth A. Beal
ZEPHYRHILLS, FL: Kenneth A. Beal, 76, passed away peacefully at home on April 23, 2016 with his family by his side following a long illness. He was the husband of Carol A. (Beherrell) Beal.
Born in Latrobe, PA on June 19, 1939, he was the son of the late Laura Belle (Shaffer) Beal and George H. Beal and Maggie (Steadman) (Garner) Beal.
Ken grew up and was educated in Ligonier, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Graham, NC. He was considered by many to be a true southern gentleman.
In 1956 Ken was proud to join the U. S. Navy. He attended the naval ship “Aeolus” annual reunion often. Following his Honorable Discharge his settled in Haverhill with his former wife Evelyn Grasso. Ken worked as a Natural Gas Technician at the Haverhill Gas Company from 1961 until his retirement in 1992.
Ken was a member of the Duston Drifters Snowmobile Club where he enjoyed snowmobiling and maintaining trails. He was a member of Retreads International since 1979 and the ROMEOs. Ken loved riding in the mountains of New Hampshire and enjoyed going to Americade at Lake George, NY. Ken was proud of his Kawasaki Classic Motorcycle and showed it at bike shows. In his younger years, Ken loved tinkering on antique cars and working in the pits at Pine Speedway. Later he enjoyed attending the Pine Speedway Reunions.
Besides his wife of thirty-eight years Ken is survived by brothers, Jerry Garner (Marguerite), of Burlington, NC, Larry Beal (Eileen), of Converse, TX; children; Laura Beal of Haverhill, Darlene Beal of Haverhill, Thomas MacRae (Laura) of Hampstead, NH, Sharon Grasso of Plaistow, NH, David MacRae (Lynn) of Danville, NH, Corrine Frenier (Robert) of Attleboro, MA, Crystal Jorden of Graham, NC; grandchildren; Lauren Abreu, Allison Banforth, Ashley Dennahey, Michael LeClair, Thomas MacRae, Kendra Van Jorden, Justin MacRae, Nicolas MacRae, Rebecca Gray, Kayliegh Frenier, Hunter MacRae, Jeff MacRae and Marcelina Burrows; seven great grandchildren; Thomas “Chip” White who is considered a son, sister-in-law Edna Smith (Ed); nieces, nephews and cousins. Ken was pre-deceased by his brother Richard Garner.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in Kingston, NH.