Robert F. Beach

December 26, 2016 
WATERTOWN, NY    Robert F. "Poncho" Beach, 85, of Burchard Street, Watertown, passed away Monday, Dec. 26, at his residence where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County following a lengthy illness.

The funeral will be 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Spring burial will be in North Watertown Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Watertown, a son to Robert J. and Margaret Mahon Beach.  

He worked construction for Union Local #322, Watertown, working for many years on various jobs to include the construction of the State Office Building in Watertown, serving as foreman on that job.

Poncho married Marilyn Fleming in 1950. She passed in 1963. He married Lillian Woodhouse in 1965.

Poncho loved playing cards.  He was a former member of the North Side Improvement League and volunteered at the Volunteer Center in Watertown.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian; a son, Robert (Esther) Beach, Florence, SC; two daughters, Suzanne (Franklin) Roberts, and Robin (Joseph) Hadley, all of Watertown; a step daughter, Cindy Massey, Watertown; 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and a great great-grandchild; four brothers Arthur, Ohio, Donald, Theresa, Thomas, California, and Gary Watertown; four sisters, Joyce Montondo, Joyce Putnam, Ruth Countryman and Sandy Roberts, all of Watertown; several nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by a daughter Roxanne at age 8 months, a son Robby at birth, and a sister Nancy Thomas.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.