Edward "Eddie" A. Bechard, 93, passed away in the evening of Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. He was born March 7, 1924, in Coopersville, N.Y., to the late Alderic and Rose Alma (Tetreault) Bechard, attending school at Coopersville Rural School #9 District and Champlain High School.
Eddie was the owner of the Habel Bechard Grain Co., the Northway Oil Co., and Rouses Point Coal & Supply Co. On Sept. 28, 1968, he married his loving wife, Beverly Robbins, whom he enjoyed traveling with to Australia, Europe, China, and throughout Canada. He retired in 1991 after 37 years in business.
Eddie was also a communicate of St. Joseph's Church in Coopersville and a trustee on the Parish Council until the church closed. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 03525 of Champlain, and a charter member of the Northern Lights Square Dance Club. He enjoyed gardening, tending to his apple trees, and playing pinochle, especially with his good friends Richard and Betty Laurin. Another of the many things Eddie enjoyed was moving the One Room Schoolhouse from Lakeshore Road to Bechard Road with the help of his friends, including renovations.
Including his parents, Eddie was predeceased by his brother, Donia "Don" Bechard, his sisters Luciene Bechard Bocare, Jane Bechard Rushlow, and Eva Bechard McGinnity.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Beverly, his brother-in-law, Alvin Robbins, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held at M.B. Clark Funeral Home, 196 Elm Street, Champlain, NY 12919 on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Joseph's Church in Coopersville, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Clyde A. Lewis officiating. Interment will take place in the spring. Donations may be made to charities of one's choice. A special thank you goes out to the staff at Champlain Family Health in Champlain, especially to Julie Steele-Goodwin, and nurse Melissa Gooley for their kind understanding and help. Also a big thank you to his niece and nephew, Ann and Paul LaPierre, and friends John and Danielle Bernard for bringing Eddie to appointments and doing errands.
Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Clark Funeral Home. Friends and relatives are invited to visit the obituary online at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com to light a candle, and share a thought, memory or prayer.
Published on December 16, 2017