Russ E. Beede
December 17, 1947 - unknown
Dec. 17, 1947 - 2011
Ruse E. "Sugar Bear" Beede, 63, died unexpectedly while hunting in the Adirondack Wilderness area in Lake Placid.
Russ was born in Keene Valley, Dec. 17, 1947. He was the son of Homer E. and Ida Mae (Blake) Beede.
He attended Lake Placid High School and at 17-years-old he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and a long time member of the American Legion Post 326, Lake Placid and Marcy Post 1312, American Legion Keene Valley.
Russ was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and shooting enthusiast. His shooting skills and knowledge of firearms were unmatched. He was an active member of the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s and participated in Cowboy Action Shooting and Turkey Shoot Competition with both traditional black powder and small caliber rifle.
He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and collecting, trading and repairing guns of all kind. Russ worked in Lake Placid for the Town of North Elba Highway Deptartment as truck driver and heavy equipment operator and at the North Elba Transfer Station as attendant and equipment operator. He had also worked for ORDA at the Olympic Bobrun, The County of Essex as tractor trailer driver and following his retirement, worked for the Village of Lake Placid driving trolley and as groundskeeper at the village parks.
Russ is survived by his wife Linda (Levitt) Beede of Lake Placid, and their two children, a son Aaron Beede and his wife Maryann of Lake Placid, and a daughter, Amanda Beede and her companion Richard Sullivan of Lake Placid. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Brandon, Shealynn, Cade, Dane and Holly.
Russ was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Foster Beede.
A celebration of the life of Russ Beede was held Dec. 4, 2011 at the M. B. Clark, Funeral Home in Lake Placid. An American Legion Prayer Service was given by Lake Placid and the Marcy Post. Burial will be in North Elba Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in memory of Russ be made to the Lake Placid Vol. Fire Department.