John Lewis Beers
John Lewis Beers died Monday, March 15, at his home in Carmel; he was 97 years old. Mr. Beers was born February 26, 1913, in Ridgefield, CT, the son of William Wellington Beers and Helen Gilbert Beers. He was one of ten children, the last surviving member, and is descended from a long line of Ridgefield/ Lewisboro Beerses. In fact, it was a longtime family legend that his great, great grandfather rode with George Washington.
In the 1930s, he worked on and off for the town of Lewisboro’s highway department. He was also a member of the Vista Volunteer Fire department and his name appears in the book, The History of the Town of Lewisboro, as a charter member of the South Salem Volunteer Fire Department, where he was badge #25. He had many great stories to tell about “the old days in Lewisboro,” working summers at the Alice Poor Estate, now Onatru Farm; about the square dances held in Tator’s garage, which was the original South Salem Firehouse. Cyrus Russell and Roy Bouton counted him as a friend.
When he was a boy he recalled his father William, a teamster, delivering coal via horses and canvas bags. As a young man Mr. Beers, used to deliver milk from the Gaffney Farm to Darien via the old Model T. He also could recall when the fountain in Ridgefield was used for watering horses.
In 1942, Mr. Beers entered the Army and served in WWII, the Harbor Craft Training Regiment, 1468 Service Command unit. He fought in three campaigns overseas, receiving the European, African, Middle Eastern Service medal with three Bronze Stars. He was proud to have served his country.
After returning from the war in 1945, he settled in the Lewisboro/Ridgefield area. Soon after his return, he married his wife of 58 years, Virginia Thorne Beers. They had eight children and lived in North Salem.
Mr. Beers loved to garden and had an amazing green thumb. He was always known for his lush flower gardens. He even mowed his own lawn until about the age of 95!
Mr. Beers is survived by his children Virginia Bailey of South Salem, John Gillette of Carmel, Harry Beers of Carmel, Susan Sinclair of Patterson, David and Ann Marie Beers of Patterson, Garry Beers of Patterson, Betsy Basler of North Salem, and Shannon Beers of Patterson, 22 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and even 1 great, great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be celebrated for John L. and Virginia Beers, on Saturday April 24, 12:30pm, at the South Salem Cemetery in South Salem.