Donald E. Beusman

August 29, 2023
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Canandaigua- Donald E. Beusman, age 87, passed away on Aug. 29, 2023.

          At his wish, there will be no calling or services at this time.

          In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Middlesex Conservation Club, PO Box 655, Rushville, NY 14454.

          Don was the former Industrial Arts and Technology Chairman at Churchville-Chili Central School where he also headed up the Driver Education program.  He took great pride in being responsible for creating and introducing Computer Aided Drafting into NYS schools.  He was a lifelong educator and continued to be a mentor of fishing and hunting to many young adults during his retirement. Don was an active member and past officer in the Middlesex Conservation Club and headed up many educational programs for children and adults there. He was happiest when he was on or near Canandaigua Lake hunting and fishing and was known as a trout fishing legend in the Vine Valley area.  His smoked venison jerky, sausage, homemade pickles, sauerkraut, garlic and fish recipes will be missed by many.

          Don is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susanne C. Beusman; three daughters, Sue (Kenn) Hamilton, Kim (Scott) Kopacek and Jennie (Don) Harris; two step-sons, Scott (Constance) Coots and Andrew (Debra) Coots; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Ivy Patricia McDonough; brother-in-law, Charles A. (Sharon) Parkhurst; and several nieces and nephews.

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Katie (Curran) Bartholomay from Rochester, N.Y. on Sep. 2, 2023

Sue, Suzy, Kim, and Jennie,
I am sorry to see that Mr. Beusman has passed on. He was a wonderful man. I have many fond memories of him at Indian Village in Middlesex. Please know that your family is in my thoughts at this difficult time.

Leah Farrell from Canandaigua NY on Sep. 2, 2023

Don lived his life with joy, boundless energy, and contagious love for his family, his friends, and his many interests (hunting, fishing, storytelling, etc.,etc.!) My fellow teacher, my kind and thoughtful neighbor, was always available to help, host or stop by to chat. He leaves many wonderful memories for all of us.

Sally & Ted Streppa from Naples, Florida on Sep. 2, 2023

Dearest Sue.
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing! I know he will be missed by many for touching their lives in a positive way!! He was a great man! Always a smile on his face! All the great times we all had at your home on the lake, in the pool and with Barb and Jerry who I dearly miss so much!! Please know you have our deepest heartfelt sympathy at this time!! Love Sally and Ted


We met Don at the Conservation Club years ago and became good friends. Don was always the gentleman and was always helping the youth out in any way he could.

Our sincere condolences go out to Don's entire family.

Rest in peace Don.

Doug & Sheryl (Allen) Charles from Gates, NY on Sep. 2, 2023

Daughter Sue and all the family, We are so sorry for your loss. One of my best memories at CCHS was when Larry Huntoon and I tried to help your Dad make a smoker out of a 55 gallon steel drum. We weren’t too good with Hammer and Punch yet to make the holes needed and your Dad in his own special way let us know that, we laughed out loud the rest of the time! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Doug and Sheryl

Paula Kenfield Gambrill from Port Orange on Sep. 2, 2023

My thoughts and prayers to the family....he was a wonderful teacher and friend.

Bob Onderdonk from Churchville, NY on Sep. 2, 2023

Mr. Beusman was the most influential teacher I had in my school career! My best to Sue and the entire family.

Corrine Pimm from Churchville, NY on Sep. 2, 2023

Sue, Scott and Andrew,
I'm so sorry. Thinking of you all!
Love, Corrine

Kevin Fager from Rochester,NY on Sep. 2, 2023

So sorry to hear about the loss of Don. He just sent me some photos of trout he caught with his young friend. Don was a great neighbor. His knowledge about fishing Canandaigua was unparalleled. He always was willing to help with any project. He lived his life in the moment in a manner that we can all aspire. I will always miss him. My sincere condolences to Sue and his entire extended family. He was one of a kind.

Paul Van Hemel from Melbourne, FL on Sep. 2, 2023

Mr Beusman was a great teacher. I learned so many practical lessons from him. I remember his Driver Ed classes with his thermos of coffee and the plastic coffee cup on the dashboard. “ start and stop under control and don’t spill my coffee!” I imparted that technique on my teenagers learning to drive, don’t spill the cup on the dashboard!

Cynthia Curran Hinman from Auburn on Sep. 2, 2023

Dear Sue, Suzy, Kim, Jenny, Scott and Andy,
We have lost an icon. Don survived teaching me how to drive so I thought he would live forever! Now there is one more angel to watch over all of God's creation. When I think of Don I have only good memories and I cherish his warm hugs.

May your memories give you comfort at this time.
Love, Cindy Curran Hinman

Linda Sage-Fenti from Canandaigua on Sep. 2, 2023

With gentle hugs and sweet memories….

Phyllis Darling from Peterborough, Ontario Canada on Sep. 2, 2023

Dear Sue; I was so sorry to read of your loss. I certainly remember all our wonderful times on Fort Myers Beach (oh! those sunset get-togethers). I certainly remember you and Don making us feel so welcome at your home on our way home one year. Take care and know you are not alone - a lot of people love you.

Peter Gentile from Pittsford, NY on Sep. 3, 2023

Sue and family,
So very sorry to hear. My wife Susan and I were so pleased to meet you and Don while residents of Indian Village.
Loved when you would stop while in your golf cart and we would laugh and enjoy some stories and wisdom from Don and you. The pickles and garlic were a treat! Don’s shared knowledge of the Valley, the lake and fishing was appreciated. He was a very special person.
Condolences to you and your family.
Peter and Susan Gentile

Deb Woodworth from Canandaigua, ny on Sep. 3, 2023

Dear Sue, We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we always enjoyed visiting with you both. He taught me how to find turtle stones, how to grow garlic, and gave me a memorable stone that I can’t look at without smiling and thinking of him. He will be missed. Sending you love. Prayers to you and the family.

Sally Stelljes from Geneseo NY 14454 on Sep. 3, 2023

Sue & family- Please accept our sincere sympathy on the death of your loved one. We are grateful to have seen you & Don in Spencerport as we left calling hours for Pris Tyler in June of this year.
Sally Stelljes

Gary Buchner from Trumansburg NY on Sep. 3, 2023

Don was our (Anne and Gary) first and closest friend after we married and moved to Churchville in 1958. For many years Don and I hunted in Bliss NY. —- got our first deer with bows and eventually our kids and male friends to “the tent camp. So many years, so many memories. I loved Don like a brother. Time and distance separated us but our relationship held fast. I will miss you old friend. Love Gary

Barb (Andrieu) Schoeneman from Spencerport,NY on Sep. 3, 2023

Sue, Scott, and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Beusman, He was my favorite teacher and mentor at Churchville-Chili and I have so many fun memories of ski club also. I have thought of him often over the years. A truly kind and good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dave Rissberger from Oneonta NY on Sep. 4, 2023

Thank you for all your teaching years at Churchville-Chili…I still think of everything you taught me about driving whenever I’m out teaching my son to drive. Godspeed.

Steve Howard from Oswego, NY on Sep. 4, 2023

RIP DKK Brother Don. Knew you from Oswego State and also in Churchville area. Our condolences to your family, especially your daughter, Sue, who babysat for our kids so long ago. "Hail Men of DK"

David Potochniak from ENDICOTT on Sep. 5, 2023

There is no doubt, our fathers had great influence on forming who we became. It is sorrowful when we lose our Dad. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Andy and his extended family on this loss.

Collin Simmons from Schenectady, NY on Sep. 7, 2023

Don was a close friend of my grandpa, that's how I got to know him. I'm so fortunate to have gotten to meet him and go fishing with him. He showed me the secrets of fishing with copper line, the best spots for lake trout, and we exchanged many stories. I am very sorry for your loss, Don was a great person and I miss those visits together at the lake.

Laurie Grassl from Portsmouth, Virginia on Sep. 8, 2023

So sorry for your loss, thoughts of Mr Beusman are of the most patient man possible as a driver education instructor. One of the students in my car was attempting a K-turn on a hill and got us stuck in a snow bank, Mr. Beusman did not even raise a fuss, just got out, got the shovel out of the trunk & handed it to the student & said "you got us in, you get us out, that's what you would have to do if you were alone in your own car." Luckily, we weren't in very deep & it only took a few minutes of Mr Beusman's skill of rocking us out. My thoughts & prayers to the family, May this great man fly high with the eagles!

Sue Slate from 7 Lent Avenue on Sep. 16, 2023

Mr. B, as we knew him as students at Churchville-Chili High School, was a giant in many of our lives. He was the consummate educator, not just because of his ability to reach his students however they learned best, but also because he genuinely got a kick out of teaching and deeply cared for us as people. Plus, he sure did make us laugh at times too!
I came to know Mr. B as one of his Drivers’ Ed students. This led me to be twice blessed as I came to know Mr. B, who I began to call Don when I became a Junior High teacher at Churchville-Chili. Though we didn't teach the same subjects nor were we teaching in the same building, we often found ourselves at gatherings involving teachers from across the district where we conversed on a multitude of educational topics and got to know each other as peers. Mr. B., Don leaves a lasting legacy of success for so many. How Don marked his time on earth lives on forever in the lives he touched in so many ways.

Gene (Lee) Benoit from Fairport, New York on Sep. 18, 2023

I graduated from CCCS in 1966. I took three years of engineering drawing in every semester. Don was my teacher in many of my classes. I LOVED his teaching style, going through ALL the mechanical drawing classes CCCS offered. I followed in his footsteps having 39 years teaching eighth grade American History in Penfield Central School. My students used to ask, “Mr. Benoit! Where did you learn to draw so well?” I told them. My condolences and a tip on my hat to a fine teacher/friend!

Leon "Dan" and Diane de Roos from Scottsville, NY on Sep. 20, 2023

Dear Sue & Family,
Our hearts go out to you with love and sympathy. We are both here in Scottsville. Same house, both slowing down but no major illnesses. Both our kids are here in Scottsville, and we have two grandsons.
With Love to you, Dan & Diane de Roos

Sharon Hardin from Colorado Springs on Sep. 25, 2023

Mr. Buesman was a very favorite teacher of mine. Being the first girl at CCCS to take any of his Industrial Arts classes (mechanical drawing and architecture) he treated me just like the boys respectfully. It was Mr. Buesman who enabled me to get my first job out of high school a job with a Civil Engineering firm. Later as an Engineering Aide with the State of N.Y. D.O.T. I've thought of you often...until we meet again. Rest in Peace..

Gary Lessord from Orlando Florida on Oct. 4, 2023

Don was a Great man and teacher! He commissioned me to do some art for him while I was a student at Churchville - Chili . He was my Mechanical Drawing teacher. Well thought of by the whole class.

Mariana Casey from Ponte Vedra, Florida on Oct. 8, 2023

Sue, I am so sorry to hear that Don has died. He was a delight to know for both Ed and me and for our children. Ed passed away on January 2nd of this year, his loss to our family and to me is indescribable, so I understand and will pray for peace for you and your family.

Bruce and Joanne Schilling from Jacksonville. FL on Nov. 17, 2023

Rest in peach Uncle Don. Thanks for all the great times in Canandaigua. Our prayers go out to the entire family.

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