ST. DAVID – J. Cyril Beaulieu, 96, passed away Jan. 8, 2012, at a local health care facility in Madawaska. He was born Oct. 13, 1916, in St. Modeste, Quebec, the youngest son of Alfred and Leda Martin Beaulieu.
Mr. Beaulieu’s long business career and accomplishments started in 1937 when he graduated second in his class from St. Hyacinthe School of Agriculture, Quebec. At the age of 22 he emigrated to Grand Isle, speaking virtually no English and proceeded to establish the Grand Isle Creamery, which later became known as St. John Valley Creamery. After World War II Mr. Beaulieu expanded and moved his creamery to Madawaska and added Brunswick Beverages as a second business in 1952, becoming famous throughout the "valley," particularly for his cream soda flavored soft-drink. In the spring of 1947 Grand Isle Fire Department was organized and he was selected to be it’s first fire chief, a position he retained until early 1951. He was a fourth degree member of the Madawaska chapter of Knights of Columbus, a member of Madawaska chapter of Rotary International and a founder of Birch Pont Golf Course. He also participated in the construction of St. Michael’s Chapel at Birch Point. He was an organizing member and U.S. delegate of Club 200, a benevolent organization, which supported College St. Louis, Edmundston, New Brunswick, and was appointed by Gov. Edmund Muskie to the St. Lawrence Seaway Commission. In 2005 Cyril and his wife, Agnes, were inducted into Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame for their work in preserving and promoting the French and Acadian cultures. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gov. John Baldacci for his civic and professional contributions to his state and community. He was a member of St. David Church parish serving on the parish council, choir member and Cemetery Renovation Committee. He was also a member of St. Thomas Church parish.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Agnes Daigle Beaulieu; son, Daniel of San Francisco and his wife, Kathy, and grandson, John Charles; daughter, Cecilia Rhoda of Houlton and her husband, Richard, and grandsons, Leslie and Daniel; son, John of Annandale, Va., and his wife, Wanda, his granddaughter, Michelle Hopper and husband, Ian, great-grandsons Jonathan and Nicholas and great-granddaughters, Rebecca and Katherine; daughter, Claudette Greene of Greenwich, grandson, Charlie and granddaughter, Jody; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, grandson, Philip and granddaughter, Sarah, of Bangor; and his sister, Rose Beaulieu of St. Modeste, Quebec. He was predeceased by his son, Alfred, in 1991; and his son-in-law, Donald Greene, Sept. 11, 2001.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at St. David Church. Family and friends may call 8:30 a.m. until the time of service Friday at Lajoie Funeral Home, Madawaska. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greater Grand Isle Historical Society, P.O. Box 124, Grand Isle, ME 04746, St. Michael’s Chapel at Birch Point, P.O. Box 128, Madawaska, ME 04756 or St. David Church, P.O. Box 128, Madawaska, ME 04756. For online condolences, please visit