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Philip J. Beebe, 77, retired glass worker

Jan. 13, 1940 – Oct. 2, 2017

Philip John Beebe, of North Tonawanda, a retired Cataract Glass Co. worker, died Monday in Hospice Niagara, Lockport, after a brief illness. He was 77.

Born in Niagara Falls, the fourth of seven children, he was a graduate of Bishop Duffy High School.

Mr. Beebe was a member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades Local 0606 and worked as a glazier mechanic on commercial glass projects at the former Cataract Glass in Niagara Falls for more than 30 years. He retired in 1989.

A resident of Lewiston and Youngstown before moving to North Tonawanda 11 years ago, he was an avid boater for many years, beginning with a 16-foot craft. Most recently, he sailed a 42-foot cruiser on the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

He also was an antique car fancier and was the longtime owner of a pale green 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

Adept as a handyman, he repaired bicycles and scooters for youngsters in his neighborhood and offered treats to them and their dogs.

“The kids would say if anything needed fixing, Mr. Phil would fix it,” his wife said.

He was a parishioner at the former St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Lewiston and later at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lewiston.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, the former Carol Blake, retired superintendent of Niagara-Wheatfield Central Schools; two brothers, Donald and Joseph; and two sisters, Barbara McInytre and Veronica Rogers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston.

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