Obituary of Douglas C Beavers
Douglas C. Beavers
(b. Nov 4, 1936)
Former Chester, NJ resident Douglas Cecil Beavers, 84, died peacefully on March 12, 2021 at his home in Hillsborough Twp, NJ after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was an exceptional father, Pop Pop, brother, educator, coach, friend, musician, and athlete. He had a life-long passion for learning but was best known for the encouragement and love that he brought to every person he met.
Doug Beavers was the second of three children born to Cecil and Anna Swick Beavers of Oldwick, NJ. Doug attended Oldwick Grammar School, a three-room school located across the street from his father's garage and automobile service station (Beavers Garage), and graduated, along with his seven classmates in 1950. He went on to attend North Hunterdon Regional HS, graduating in 1954. While at North, he was very active in the athletic and music programs. Doug earned his bachelor's degree in music at Trenton State College. While at Trenton State, he was elected President of his senior class in 1958.
His first teaching job was as Band Director of High Bridge HS. Three years later, he became the Choral Director and Assistant Football Coach at Randolph HS. From 1964-1965, he served as Choral Director and Assistant Football Coach at West Morris Central HS. For the next ten years he served as Music Coordinator/Band Director at Roxbury HS. It was during his time at Roxbury that he received his M. Ed. from The College of NJ. The last 17 years of his teaching career were spent at West Morris Mendham HS as the Fine Arts Supervisor/Choral Director. Many would say that Doug's biggest musical impact at Mendham HS was starting the tradition of performing Handel's Messiah every year, a tradition that continues to this day. In 1992, he retired from teaching in public education. Doug was also a proud member of the HOST Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons.
Doug is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Janet Breland Beavers; and his devoted children, Gregory Beavers (Doreen Repsher), Timothy Beavers (Marie DiChoso-Beavers), Sharon Lee Beavers Gianuzzi (Gregory Gianuzzi), and Nancy Beavers Alam (Zafar Alam). He is also survived by his beloved siblings, Shirley Beavers Reed (Jim) and Cecil (Bud) Beavers, Jr. (Jean); as well as his cherished grandchildren, Katie, Aaron, Melissa, Jared, Conner, Alena, Lee, Jay, Jocelyn and Saira; and his dear nieces and nephews, Jamie (Cheryl), Emily (Fred), Monica (Bill), Gregg (Sarah) and Michael plus countless students who felt like he was a father figure to them.
Doug never met a stranger, always had a smile on his face and a song to share. He was a glass-half-full man who saw potential in every person he met. Above all things, he cherished his family, and he left an indelible footprint on this world.
Doug's Life Celebration will include a visitation from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at the William J. Leber Funeral Home in Chester, NJ. The funeral service will be held privately by the family but will be live-streamed at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 20 on the William J. Leber Funeral Home YouTube channel (William J Leber Funeral Home YouTube Channel). For those unable to attend, please share a memory on the Doug Beavers Fan Page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/DougBeaversFanClub) that may be shared during the service. There will be a private interment attended by family immediately following the service at the Oldwick Cemetery in Oldwick, NJ.
Three tribute videos will be played during Doug's service. They may not be clear for the virtual viewers so the family has created links for you to view these videos after the service in their purest form.
**Links to tribute videos**
"Time's Together" by Sharon Lee Beavers
Doug Beavers Facebook Thank You
"The Lord Bless You and Keep You" by Westminster Choir College
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in memory of Doug to be made to The Douglas Beavers Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Patty Danner, 65 E. Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945.
For online condolences and hyperlinks to the service, visit Doug's obituary page at leberfuneralhome.com.
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