Teddy Beams BARRE — Teddy Beams left downtown Barre and this world on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. His demise was a combination of blood clots, heart attacks and a stroke. He was very well cared for at the end, at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. He will be missed. Ted was born at the Barre City Hospital and spent his last several years living just down the hill from there, on the porch of the Universalist Church, nestled near the Barre Congregational Church. Teddy “owned” the porch, but shared it (to an extent) with several special friends and anyone at all who wanted to pass the time, day or night along their way. When the weather got too cold, he migrated across the park to the Overflow Shelter at the Hedding Methodist Church to sleep. Most of his time was spent reading on the porch, or on cold days, at the Aldrich Public Library. He was an avid reader. “Talking to Ted always made my day. I hung out with him nearly every day during the summer. Rest easy, Teddy. We will miss you.” “My nickname for Ted was Teddy Ruxpin. We talked about race cars and cars in general. He used to call me Beam-me-up Scotty. I love you and I am going to miss talking with you and having fun with you, brother.” Scott Mobbs. The thing about Ted was that he was trustworthy. You could leave your stuff with him, ask him to keep an eye on it, and he would. People and things were safe with Ted. While he was friendly and kind to all, he did not create or welcome drama. He was thoughtful. On nights when he coughed a lot at Overflow, he would go into another room so as not to disturb others trying to sleep. About Ted Beams: “Ted and I knew each other for three years. He was my brother from another mother. He was very private and stayed by himself. He treated his friends on the street like family. We sat and talked about a lot. I will really miss him.” Rick Preston. Teddy was funny. He enjoyed a good joke. He could dish it out and take it, too. He was upbeat. When he said, “Good morning,” he meant it. He was “fine,” “good” or “OK” every day. Above all, he was kind - perhaps the kindest man ever. He never spoke a cross word, didn’t pass judgement, and never looked for trouble. “God has a good man,” his friends say now. Teddy loved cars and knew every make and model. He enjoyed watching traffic. He loved NASCAR. “He was a good guy and very polite to others, always offering advice and a helping hand if someone needed something.” “Ted was always there and helpful to others on the street and showed them the ropes whenever help was needed. He was a good man.” Beth Holbrook and her daughter, Olivia Upham, knew Teddy for almost two years, since Olivia was three months old. Beth and Olivia visited Ted often at his porch, bringing their own chair ... which Teddy promptly took over (much to Beth’s delight). Teddy nicknamed Olivia "his little monkey" and taught her to stamp her feet. Olivia was a shining light for Ted and he was her special friend. “Ted was one of the kindest souls that I have ever met. He never said a cross word to or about anyone. He didn’t have much but if you needed something, he would make sure people would know. RIP, Teddy. You will be missed.” Redneck. “Dear Lord, thank you for Teddy’s life. Thank you for the lessons he helped me learn. God bless Teddy. May he rest peacefully. Amen.” Josh. Thank you to the Barre churches for what they provided for Teddy and continue to offer all Barre residents who are currently homeless or living in poverty. A special thank you to the Good Samaritan Haven that oversees the Hedding Overflow Shelter, for safe, warm places for people to sleep. If you are so inclined, please consider making a financial contribution in Teddy Beam’s name to the Good Samaritan Haven, 105 North Seminary St., Barre, VT 05641. Or donate a meal to the Hedding Overflow Shelter by using this meal train link: https://mealtrain.com/lm5eo6. Thank you most of all to Teddy, for being a good neighbor and a steadying influence, and inspiring to all who knew him.

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