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Edward Franklin Beadel Jr.

July 27, 2023

E F BeadelEdward Franklin Beadel Jr. (Frank) passed away on July 27th, 2023 at the place he loved so much at the St. Lawrence River, surrounded by his family. 

Frank, the son of Edward and Lucia Beadel, was born January 2, 1942, at Memorial Hospital (Crouse) in Syracuse, New York. He attended Salisbury School in Connecticut, where he developed a love of chemistry, blowing up some things that perhaps he shouldn’t have! He went on to Syracuse University, to continue his interest with chemistry.  While doing graduate work, he became fascinated with computers, which led to his lifelong profession.

He started work at the State University of New York at Oswego as an Analytical Chemistry instructor and later worked in computer sciences. He earned the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 1988 and at his retirement was Network Administrator.Upon retirement, he and his wife, Jane (Wink), moved from their 1838 home in Mexico New York, to the family cottage in Thousand Island Park.  He first came to the River at the age of 6 months, and was happy to retire there.  While volunteering at the Antique Boat Museum, he discovered a talent for building and refinishing boats. He eventually became a licensed boat captain and drove ride boats for the Antique Boat Museum for several years, a volunteer job he loved.Frank always loved boats and spent years racing “The Red Baron,” a Lightning Class sailboat with Wink, both in local races and District races, including several North American Championship Races.  In his earlier years, he loved skiing and ski jumping and was a member of the National Ski Patrol.

He loved the River and he loved his Golden Retrievers, especially Charlie, who would regularly decorate the dock with small boulders. His other interests included being part of the Wellesley Island Fire Department, reading and listening to organ music.

Frank is survived by his wife, Jane (Wink), daughters Samantha Beadel and Reid Beadel, his grandson, Lucien Beadel, and his sister, Lucia Beadel Whisenand. He is also survived by his nieces, Sarah and Maria. He is predeceased by his nephew Stephen.There will be a private graveside service in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse on Friday, Aug. 4.  A celebration of Frank’s life will be at the St. Lawrence in the near future. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. The family would like to thank Jefferson County Hospice and the wonderful caregivers who gave of themselves as well as caring for him.Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the River not-for-profit of your choice or to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#15 Fats McCargo 2023-09-03 16:17
Ed did good and will be fondly remembered by his Salisbury classmates. I cannot help but wonder how much he was influenced by Bob Gardner. My condolences to his family.
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#14 Gene/Mary Kleinhans 2023-08-05 21:28
Oh Wink. The pain of watching your loved one suffer and then the pain of having him gone. Keep close the love others have for you and the strength that Hat showed you, on and off the golf course.
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#13 Douglas Wild 2023-08-04 15:17
I cherished my short times with Frank. He was a plethora of River, boat and general knowledge. I will keep you in my memories until I’m a memory.
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#12 Jack Woodward 2023-08-04 10:02
We will miss your presence and story telling Frank but we will always remember your sport coats and ties for all occasions. Our prayers and thoughts are with Wink and the family that they concentrate on the goodness and the laughter Frank brought to this world. Fair winds and following seas as he transitions. Bless you all.
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#11 Monica Waters 2023-08-03 21:20
Wink and family. My heart goes out to all of you. I worked for Ed/Frank in what at the time was called the Instructional Computer Center, in the 1990's. He was a wonderfu man and all the student workers in the dept. liked and respected him. After I retired, he became the head of the new Networking Dept. and called me one day asking if I would come and work for him for a month or two while his office manager had to be out of town for a family emergency. I was pleased and happy to go work for him in the new department. Rest in Peace Ed. You will be missed.
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#10 Beth and Jim Brasser 2023-08-03 14:15
We had the pleasure of meeting Frank and the irrepressible Wink shortly after we arrived in TI Park in the early 80’s. They made us and our children feel so welcome and shared their love of the St. Lawrence River with us. Dinners, games, guided boat tours were some of our special times together. The love and care that Wink and the girls demonstrated (especially over the past couple years) have been so impressive. That Frank managed to go to Seattle when Lucien made his early entrance is still remarkable. We send our sincerest condolences but know that Frank’s influence and spirit will live on for a long time. Our memories are brightened by thoughts of Frank. Sending love to Wink, Reid, Sam and Lucien.❤️
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#9 Hendry Hank Connell 2023-08-03 14:00
My condolences Wink, Lolly, Sam and Reid. So difficult to say goodbye to cousin Frank.
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#8 Deborah Hellings 2023-08-03 13:12
So many fun times as we lived the life in the Park. I hope all these memories will help Wink. Samantha and Reid and Luc smile as they move through their sorrow.
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#7 Warren Olson 2023-08-03 11:23
I met Frank back in the day. We traveled throughout Central and western NewYork at many Lightning regattas. Also included was a trip to New Orleans to compete in the Lightning North American races. As if that wasn't enough we also got together to ski many weekends. I am so sorry for the loss of such a genuine man. Our condolences to Wink and all the family
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#6 Carol Kozin 2023-08-02 15:54
Our condolences to the entire family. Barbara and George enjoyed being around Frank (and Wink too) at the ABM. They are now up in heaven having as many boat rides as they want.
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