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Kenneth Michael Beardsley
  • In lieu of flowers, the Beardsley family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Maranyundo Initiative of Rwanda
    9 Waterhouse St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
  • In lieu of flowers, the Beardsley family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Fund
    55 Fruit St.
    Boston, MA 02114

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“Dear Linda & Family,I was so deeply saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. (My sister told me last night). I have known Kenny for over 50 years. ...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Polly Parker - Hernando, FL

“Dear Linda and family,Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. It is a very sad time, but hopefully many good memories will help with...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Janice Baldi - Melrose, MA

“Kurt, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I remember your Dad well. It has been years since we have been in touch but you were such a...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Shannon Manchini - North Reading, MA

“Allyson and I send our sincere condolences on Mr. Beardsley's passing. We got to know Mr. Beardsley when he picked up his Grand Daughter Emma from...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Cathie and Allyson Mouncey - MA

“About 30 years after Mr. Beardsley coached me, I still remember what a great way he had of relating to myself and every team member. I feel extremely...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Benjamin Pease - North Attleboro, MA

“I was so saddened to learn of Kenny's passing. I knew him from high school, he always had a smile. I hope all your good memories will help carry...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Claire Butland Polsey - Littleton, MA

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Ken at Millennium/Takeda. He was one of the kindest people around and he always greeted me with a smile and a...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Ayanna Braxton - Roslindale, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met Ken a few years ago when he worked here at Millennium/Takeda. He was a very kind, caring person and I am...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Joan Carvalho - Arlington, MA

“Linda and Family. You are in our thoughts s nd prayers. Thanks for being there for Michael Kris & Robyn. ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Bethany Glidden Dugas - MA

“A great man. ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Steve Murphy - Saugus, MA

“So many wonderful and vivid memories of all of you despite the years gone by.My love and sympathy to you as you say your goodbyes to such a...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Marge Kennedy - Acton, MA

“Linda, I am so saddened to hear of your loss and am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I think that I only met Ken once, and I can't remember...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Kristen Wendell - Bedford, MA

“Dear Linda,Steve and Kurt, Bill and I were very sadden to hear of Ken's passing last Friday. May you take comfort in he is reaping the rewards of...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Csrol Porter - Melrose, MA

“I'm sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I worked with Ken many years ago at the Prudential Center for Boston Edison. I remember how he brought fun and...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Christine Greer - Boston, MA

“Sorry to hear of your loss. I coached with Ken at the Y years ago. He was very much into his dedication of working with the coaches and kids in the Y...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Paul Cloran - Melrose, MA

“Dear Linda,Although I never met your husband, knowing you, I'm sure he had a heart of gold and I can only imagine how hard it must be to lose the...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Katharine Kilbourn - JP, MA

“Our (my husband Michael's and my) relationship to Ken was an unexpected gift from my working with Linda at Tufts. Ken was so socially gifted,...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Martha Tucker - Albuquerque, NM

“My sincerest sympathy to Linda, Kurt and Steven. Ken was a truly wonderful man who had a kind word for everyone. He made more friends while living...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Edna Epsimos - Revere

“LInda,I was shocked and saddened to learn of Ken's passing. Please know you and your family our in my thoughts and prayers.I had the great pleasure...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Tim O'Leary - Wakefield, MA

“Dear Linda, So sad to learn of Ken's passing. You are in my thoughts as you make your way through grief and sadness.Kathy ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy McHugh - Charlestown, MA

“Kenny was my daughter's father-in-law. When I first met Ken 12 years ago, it was 'love at first sight' for me! Over the years, Linda and Ken became...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: mary mckee - Bedford, NH - Family

“May the family Keep the wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together close to your heart. My sincere condolences to family and friends...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: GP

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Kenneth Michael Beardsley of Revere, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2017 in the home he shared with his wife of 47 years at the age of 70. Throughout his distinguished life, the love he shared with Linda was a constant that guided them from high school sweethearts to doting grandparents.

As a father he was without equal. He coached his sons' little league baseball, basketball, and hockey teams, taking as much pride in creating an atmosphere of fun and fair play as he did in individual or team accomplishments. However, the best games played were the neighborhood football games in the backyard, followed closely behind by the driveway basketball games. These memories were so vivid and important to him that he replaced the basketball hoop in the driveway well after his boys were married and he had made his last foul shot.

While his childhood stories of "Greenwood Greeks" football prowess grew to mythic proportions over the years, his waterskiing talents were well-known by all, a love of which he shared with his family. Tubing, while fun, proved to be too risky as it often left Kenbo's trunks at knee level.

In his later years, he spent many weekends with his sons on the golf course, where he made many close friends. Puzzled that he would play golf with his boys for 8 hours at a time, Linda later learned that the tradition of the 19th hole technically wasn't played on the course.

It was as a grandfather that he truly excelled. A self-described "soft touch," he was known to provide penny candy and other treats liberally. As a chauffeur his "drop off, pick up" was a specialty that always included a lollipop for the grandchildren. However, his hackney license was suspended as the way to school treat was frowned upon. He survived the review process and was monitored closely from then on, maintaining good standing through frequent hugs and funny stories. His love for his grandchildren knew no bounds.

Suffering from an affliction best defined as "ants in the pants," Ken spent countless hours performing community service and volunteer work. He served Melrose as a Ward 2 Alderman, and later as an appointee to the Board of Assessors, and directed the Youth Basketball League at the Melrose YMCA for several years after coaching Melrose Youth Hockey, Little League Baseball and Youth Basketball teams. He believed strongly in giving back to those who gave so much to him, volunteering at Mass General Hospital for many years in appreciation of the care he received and relationships which were built there.

Ken drew energy and strength from his relationships, and loved spending time among his family and friends. A gifted public speaker, he will be smiling down on the events of the next couple of days sorry that he couldn't be with us sharing his memories. He touched the lives of many with a love and generosity that was genuine, beautiful, and kind. We will always remember his larger-than-life personality and the way he made us feel in his company. We honor his legacy by sharing these moments and connections with others along with a hug and a smile – just the way he would have wanted.

Ken was the beloved husband of Linda V. (Schaalman) Beardsley. Devoted father of Kurt M. Beardsley & his wife Tara of Malden, and Steven M. Beardsley & his wife Melissa of Medford. Proud grandfather of Kaelen, Emma, Ryan, Molly & Sean. Caring brother of Kathleen and the late Kevin & Keith Beardsley. Cherished uncle of Kris Beardsley, Michael Pont, Robyn Johnson, Andrew & Greg Schaalman. Also survived by many wonderful friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 4:00-7:00PM. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday morning at 8:45AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church 1155 Main St. Wakefield at 10:00AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ken's name to the Maranyundo Initiative of Rwanda, 9 Waterhouse St. Cambridge, MA 02138 or to Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA 02114.