Maurice L. Beauregard, 75, received his final marching orders on May 29, 2019, when he was called home to his eternal rest. Maurice was born to Rosario and Rita (Rouselle) Beauregard on April 20, 1944 in Woonsocket, RI, where he spent his childhood years. His family later moved to Enfield, CT, where he graduated from Enfield High School in 1962. He lived in Broad Brook and then East Hartford, CT, and in 2016, he and his wife, Kelly, made a move to Lexington, SC, in search of warmer weather.
Maurice was known as “Mac” among his school friends, “Beau” throughout his military service, and “Moe” in his later years.
Beau worked for 42 years as an OD grinder at Unas Grinding Corp. of East Hartford, CT. He worked long hours for many of those years, but finally retired at age 63 and was able to enjoy his favorite hobby, bowling. Whether he was throwing strikes on the Oldies but Goodies league, or practicing daily with “the guys” at Silver Lanes Bowling Alley in East Hartford, CT, the sport of bowling brought Beau many hours of enjoyment, relaxation, and camaraderie. His crowning achievements in bowling were two sanctioned perfect 300 games. Beau also belonged to many military groups, including VKVSW Chapter 1, DAV, B Company 4th Battalion 31st Infantry 196th light Infantry Brigade Americal, and American Legion.
While in CT, he spent his Monday evenings at the Hartford Vet Center in Rocky Hill with other Vietnam veterans.
Beau faced many challenges throughout his life, and he did so head-on, and without regret. A former platoon leader in the US Army, he lived his life haunted by memories of the men he lost in Vietnam. And upon returning home from war, he was diagnosed with large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma due to his exposure to Agent Orange while serving. He fought those demons and won. He went on to build a long and beautiful life, despite the many hardships he had endured.
Few individuals can genuinely be described as heroes—those brave souls who put others’ lives before their own and perform amazing feats of bravery in the face of adversity, but Beau earned his place among them. Owing to his humble nature, most people he met were none the wiser. Many honors and decorations were bestowed upon him for his service excellence. During his time overseas, he received many awards, including his most prized award, his Combat Infantryman Badge. Additionally, he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, a Purple Heart, an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Connecticut Wartime Veterans Service Award, a Vietnam Service Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation Army Ribbon.
Beau cherished the awards, but his greatest joy was the love he shared with his wife and best friend of 33 years, Kelly (Schimpf) Beauregard; and he regarded his three children as his life’s greatest accomplishments.
Beau leaves a beautiful legacy of love and family. He is survived by his three children: daughter Lisa and her husband David Wyse of Broad Brook, CT, two sons Chad of Broad Brook CT and Matthew of Nashville, TN and four grandchildren: Andrew, Jake, Eric and Kathryn Wyse. He leaves two brothers: Joseph and his wife Bess of Tacoma, WA. and Scott and his wife Suzanne of Suffield CT. He also leaves Father-in- law Henry and his wife Margaret Schimpf of Windsor, CT and Mother-in-law Judith and her husband Robert Bissell of Herriman, UT. Sister-in-Laws Denise and her husband Charlie Kaser of West Jordan, UT. Karen and her husband Randy of Garland, ME. Brother-in-Law Tom and his wife Janette Schimpf of Sandy, UT. as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
Please remember that each day that we have on earth is a gift. Take an extra minute to sit, notice, and truly appreciate your everyday blessings. Try not to squander your fleeting moments worrying about what tomorrow may bring, but rather expressing gratitude for what today has already given you.
Tonight, thank the Lord for the wonderful treasure of family and for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon you, and give your loved ones an extra hug and kiss. Always remember to tell them that you love them.
If you would like to honor Beau, the family asks that you do as he would have done, and “pay it forward.” Beau would often perform selfless acts of kindness. Buy a stranger a cup of coffee. Hold the door for the person behind you. Sit with someone who is lonely. Check in on an elderly neighbor. Any of these simple acts might spark a chain reaction, and ignite someone’s compassion, making the world just that much better than it might have otherwise been. In this way, Beau can live on through your deeds.
Those who so desire may make donations in memory of Maurice Beauregard to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105).
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday, August 24, at St. Mary Church in East Hartford (15 Maplewood Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06108). Please dress in red, white, and/or blue—to commemorate the flag that Beau so loved. Beau will take his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, VA (interment date to be determined).
At the national cemetery, you may hear the firing of three rifle volleys in the distance, or feel a lump in your throat as a lone bugler plays the 24 lingering notes of Taps. These honors remind us of Beau’s dignified valor, service, and sacrifice, and are reserved for those who have fought to defend and protect our freedoms. God bless America. For online condolences please visit, www.barr-price.com
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