Russell Stearns Beede

  • Born: May 15, 1935
  • Died: November 8, 2020
  • Location: Westport formerly of Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Russell Stearns Beede, 85, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2020 at his home in Westport, Massachusetts. He was born May 15, 1935 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Robert Jenks Beede and Virginia Hopkins (Stearns) Beede.

Russell graduated from Milton Academy in 1953 and Williams College in 1957. After college, Russell attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and served as a Lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy, from 1957-1960. He was stationed aboard the USS Casa Grande at Norfolk, Virginia. In 1962, he graduated from the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business with an M.B.A in accounting.

While in the Navy, Russell married Patricia Catherine Fleet of Cutchogue, Long Island, NY to whom he was married for 52 years before she passed away in 2011. Russell and Patricia had two daughters and a son. In 1962 they moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where they lived for the remainder of their marriage. In later years, Russell and Patricia spent weekends and summers in Westport, Massachusetts, where Russell loved to garden, sail and fish. After his wife's passing, Russell moved permanently to Westport.

Russell began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at the Boston office of Price Waterhouse & Co. where he developed a life-long interest in starting and managing small businesses. He later worked for Bangor Punta, co-founded CML Group, and served as CFO of Eastern Mountain Sports. Ever an entrepreneur, he was involved in many independent business ventures including Shaker Workshops furniture kits, Old Time Woodsman insect repellents, and local commercial real estate.

Russell was community-minded and supported many local charities. He volunteered at Emerson Hospital in Concord and served as a Board Member of several organizations including The Westport River Watershed Alliance and The Westport Land Conservation Trust. Russell was also instrumental in driving support for a town pool and fitness facility in Concord. The facility opened in 2006 and was named The Beede Center in recognition of Russell's and his wife Patricia's unflagging commitment to the project.

Russell had an adventurer's spirit and enjoyed traveling to far off destinations. He cycled with friends on several continents. Russell loved nature, especially the sea, and was perhaps happiest messing around in boats. A hunter-gatherer at heart, he taught his children how to fish, gather mussels, set lobster traps, and find quahogs with their bare feet. Russell was a deeply curious man, who read extensively throughout his life.

In addition to his wife Patricia, Russell was predeceased by his sister, Anne Beede Jencks, and his brother, Robert Jenks Beede, Jr. Russell is survived by his daughter Susan Fleet Beede and husband Jay Copeland of Concord, MA; daughter Kimberly Beede Soule and husband Richard Havelock Soule of Brooklyn, NY; and son Robert Jenks Beede and wife Katherine Godfrey Beede of Concord, MA. Russell is also survived by eight grandchildren and his sister in-law Jaquelin Perry Fleet.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in 2021.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I would like to belatedly share a rememberance of the one time I met Russ, from which I got a glimpse into his warm-hearted and generous nature others have written about. About a decade or so ago, a friend and I visited Russ at his home in Westport. My favorite quahogging spot is in the West Branch, and I wanted my father (who loved clams, but was no longer capable of paddling out to my clamming spot) to be able to get there. Russ offered to take my dad out on his boat to the spot. Unfortunately, my dad died before we were able to get him out there. But I will forever remember Russ' kind offer.

Posted by Russ Cohen Cohen - Arlington, MA   December 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of Mr. Beede's passing. The Feinstein family loves the Beede Center and we will always remember his incredible legacy to Concord!

Posted by Fiona Stevenson - Concord, MA - Acquaintance   December 05, 2020

Condolences to all the Beede clan, but especially to Sue

Posted by Brooks Stevens - Concord, MA - Neighbor   December 05, 2020

So so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and sending peace during this time.

Posted by Lynne (Gower) Smith - Friend   December 01, 2020

I will miss Rusell's smiling face and great personality. He was a gentleman and thought highly of Concord. condoences to his family.

Posted by Jacque Smith - Exeter,, NH - Friend   November 30, 2020

With deepest condolences from the board and staff of the Westport Historical Society. A great loss to the whole community of Westport.

Posted by Jenny O'Neill - Westport, MA   November 24, 2020

Rick and I offer our deepest condolences on the passing of a fine, gentle man. We were honored to know him.

Posted by Nancy James-Frese - Friend   November 24, 2020

On behalf of the staff and members of the Concord Country Club, we send our most sincere condolences on the passing of Russ. He was a gentleman and a great guy. He is missed by all his friends here.

Posted by Elaine Dupuis - Concord, MA - Acquaintance   November 23, 2020

My friend.My buddy. Together, with Pats and Jane, we bicycled the world...Ireland, NewZealand, S.Africa,Vietnam, Italy...and much more. He was always out front, where the wind was fresh and his joy unbounded.
We will ride again.....

Posted by Bill Barrett - Concord, MA - Friend   November 23, 2020

Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Simone Taylor    November 22, 2020


Dear Sue, Jay, Sam and Molly,
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. He had such a rich life and contributed a great deal to the Concord community. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time. With all our love, the Carlson/Kuettel families.

Posted by Robin, Kent and Ben Kuettel Carlson - Concord, MA - Family   November 22, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the families loss of one of their loved one.May the families hearts ♥ be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together with the dear loved one lost in death.As the families cherished a wonderful life that was well lived and loved by families and friends.My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the families and friends during this difficult time of deep sorrow and pain.
-GHP & Lynn

Posted by A friend   November 22, 2020

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