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Donald E. Beecher, 78, who co-owned the former Beecher's Brothers, died Wednesday (Oct. 16, 1996) in Lockport Memorial Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack while playing golf.

Beecher, a native of East Barre, moved to Sanborn as a child.

He was a 1936 graduated of Niagara Falls High School and worked for the former Union Carbide & Carbon Corp. for several years.

In 1947, Beecher and his brother, Daniel M., who died in 1995, opened Beecher's Brothers, an oil- heating, air-conditioning and appliance business. Beecher retired from the business in 1977.

Beecher was a life member of the Sanborn Volunteer Fire Company and played the trumpet in the company's band for several years.

He also was a charter member of the Sanborn Lions Club, and a member of Sanborn United Methodist Church, the International Order of Odd Fellows, Wheatfield Bowling League and the 3F Club of Youngstown.

Beecher, an avid golfer, won the first Sanborn Open Annual Golf Tournament in 1979.

He and the former Marian I. Johnson would have celebrated 56 years of marriage in November.

Survivors include two sons, Ross D. of Youngstown and Douglas C. of Fremont, Calif.; a daughter, Susan B. Sandoval of Davis, Calif.; a brother, Mark of Lewiston; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in Rhoney Funeral Home, 5893 Hoover Road. Burial will be in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria.


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