BURLINGTON — Dale J. Beauchemin, 59, of the great Old North End in Burlington, passed from this plane in the comforting presence of his brother, Robert "Bob" Beauchemin, and his nephew, Joseph Beauchemin, in Fletcher Allen Hospital on Sept. 11, 2013.
His passing was an unexpected loss of a bright light on a perfect summer day in the best days of his life, he was so very happy. Dale's story begins on Oct. 23, 1953, in Beacon, N.Y., with his parents, Robert F. and Sarah (nee Lyman) Beauchemin and older brother, Bob. After a short stay, they very happily moved back to Saranac, N.Y., where both sides of the family were abundant and colorful. Stories were the main event of any occasion, and through the lore Dale had the sense that he was living simultaneously with several generations. It gave him a keen interest in people and their circumstances. He began learning guitar at nine, and was soon bringing music to the stories as his contribution to the memories they were making right then. Dale grew in proficiency with the guitar and discovered that he had a voice, and a couple of rock band adventures later, he began "playing out" in New York and in Burlington, which was how he met his wife, Jo.
Painting jobs and playing music kept him pretty busy, but not too busy to get involved with his community. He and Jo worked hard for improvements to Lakeside and the South End and worked tirelessly with neighbors to kill the Southern Connector as then proposed. They both helped conceptualize the Pine Street Renaissance and the Burlington Land Trust (now Champlain Housing Trust), as well as other projects. Dale did supervising and estimates for Bob in his new business, Vermont Janitorial, as well, and the painting and music faded out, except in his beautiful Land Trust home bought in 1983 in the Old North End.