Beacon Obituaries

Frank W. Daum (1987-2016)

Frank Daum

Frank Daum

Frank W. Daum, 28, of Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Beacon, died July 20, 2016. He was born Nov. 29, 1987, the oldest of four boys born to Frank G. and Lisa (Barrack) Daum. He graduated from Beacon High School in 2006 and attended the College of St. Rose and SUNY Albany. On June 22, 2013, he married Annette Timmerman.

Frankie is survived by his parents in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania; his brothers, Michael, Nicholas and Anthony Daum of Dingmans Ferry; his wife, Annette Daum of Bradenton; a stepdaughter, Alexa, and her daughter, Lily; and his grandparents, William and Dawn Barrack of Cape Coral, Florida.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 31 Willow Street, Beacon, with a burial of ashes at St. Joachim Cemetery in Beacon.

William A. McNair, Jr. (1953-2016)

William A. McNair, Jr. (a.k.a. Peanut, Mac), 63, of Beacon, died Oct. 19, 2016.

William McNair, Jr.

William McNair, Jr.

William was born April 5, 1953, to William A. McNair Sr. and Mary (Lunsford) McNair.  He received his primary and secondary education in Beacon and attended Fulton Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, where he played basketball. William joined the U.S. Navy in 1974 and served for 12 years.

He is survived by his sons, William A. McNair III and Micol J. McNair (Annagjid) whom he shared with former spouse, Rosilyn Henderson Fletcher; and his grandchildren Kassandeira McNair Perry (Kevin), Jakobii McNair, Cherrell Mima and Luke Thomas.

He is also survived by his mother, his sister Theresa Burns, his brother Tracy McNair (Samantha) and a number of nieces and nephews. A service was held Oct. 27 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie, followed by interment with military honors at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Edward James “Jim” Pega (1948-2016)

Edward James “Jim” Pega, 68, a resident of Hopewell Junction for 33 years, died Oct. 29, 2016 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. He previously lived in Fishkill.

Born in Cold Spring on May 27, 1948, he was the son of Edward John and Inez (Heroy) Pega. A U.S. Army veteran, he retired in 2002 as a staff engineer from IBM in East Fishkill after 27 years.

Jim was an avid fan of the University of Alabama football team and the Boston Red Soxs. He enjoyed photography, as well as golfing, fishing, and bowling. He was a member of the Dalmatian Club of Greater New York and the Rombout Fire Company.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice (Dillon) Pega at home; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bernard Dillon and Joan Tomlin of Beacon, Thomas and Meg Dillon of Naples, Florida, and Daniel and Cathy Dillon of Cold Spring; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his faithful Dalmatian, Sadie.

A Mass of Christian Burial were offered Nov. 3 at St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction. Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Dalmatian Club of Greater New York (

Lena E. Weed (1928-2016)

Lena Elizabeth Reed, 88, a lifelong Beacon resident, died Oct. 29, 2016.

Born in Beacon in 1928 to Eugene and Jamesina Marshall, she was known as Lee or Aunt Lee to friends and family and Nani and Grandma Lee to her grandchildren.

Lena Weed

Lena Weed

Lee attended St. Joachim’s Elementary School and Beacon High School, where she was valedictorian in 1945. There she met her husband, John D. “Jack” MacAvery, who died in 1997 after 49 years of marriage. Before marrying, Lee studied at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, majoring in chemistry.

Lee and Jack had five children who they raised in a home on Maple Street. As a young mother, Lee was active in St. John the Evangelist Parish, where her children attended school. She was a den mother with the Cub Scouts for many years and active in the Lions Club. In 1963 she went to work part-time at IBM, starting as a cashier in the cafeteria. This foray became a 30-year career, where she worked her way into management positions, retiring in 1986 from IBM World Trade.

Lee loved gardening and turned the Maple Street property into a profusion of flowers. She delighted in producing bushels of tomatoes. She was a lifelong New York Times crossword puzzle enthusiast and later Words with Friends competitor. She and Jack enjoyed camping, traveling and organizing parties together.

In 1999, Lee and Donald Strippel Weed rekindled a friendship at All Sport and a photograph of them graced a billboard on Fishkill Avenue for years. They married in 2001 when she was 72 and he was 76. During 15 years of marriage they traveled the world and shared a love that shone wherever they were.

Lee is survived by her husband, and her three children, John Terrence (Terry) MacAvery (Liz) of New York City; Amy Lee MacAvery and her partner, E. Gregory Sees of Brewster, Massachusetts; and Daniel Joseph MacAvery of Beacon, as well as her daughter-in-law, Alison Ballo MacAvery. She is also survived by her sister, Connie Iverson Conine, and her brother, Eugene Marshall (Joan), both of Fishkill.

In the Weed family, she is survived by Tracy and Stacy Weed of San Jose, California,  Philip and Bernadette Weed of Alpharetta, Georgia, Pam and Richard Lafleur of Derry, New Hampshire, and Anne and Joseph Locasio of Allendale, New Jersey.

She also leaves 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers Falls, with private burial. Contributions in Lee’s memory may be made to the Beacon Ambulance Corp. 1 Arquilla Drive, P.O. Box 54, Beacon NY 12508.

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