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Mass of Christian Burial

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Saturday August 28th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

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St. John The Evangelist Catholic Cemetery
Saturday August 28th, 2021
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Richard Rudolph Beauchemin, Jr.

Richard R. Beauchemin, Jr., MD of Sylva NC, passed into eternal life on August 17, 2021, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, a victim of Covid-19. 

Dr. Beauchemin, born August 11, 1956, was preceded in death by his parents, Richard R. Beauchemin, Sr. and Rita Lorraine Barron Beauchemin, also of Sylva. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra Martin Beauchemin; children,  Courtney McGaha, husband Mitchell and granddaughter, Raelyn McGaha; Trevor Buchanan and partner, Brian Maguire of Louisville, KY; Richard “Trey” R. Beauchemin, III and wife Ajita Banerjea, CA; Kerrigan Davi and husband Thomas Davi; Taylor Beauchemin, and Gabriella Beauchemin. He is also survived by his devoted four brothers and four sisters as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Dr. Beauchemin was a distinguished and respected practitioner in the field of Ophthalmology, having attained the highest certifications in diseases of the eye, cataract surgery, and laser eye surgery. A board-certified surgeon for over thirty years, Dr. Beauchemin was also a successful entrepreneur who built a four office Ophthalmology practice in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.  

Dr. Beauchemin earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Baltimore Maryland; his master’s and medical degrees both from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, where he was honored as valedictorian in the class of 1983.  He completed a general surgery residency at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., in 1985. He also completed a three-year residency in Ophthalmology at The Washington Hospital Center in 1989. His career included a stint as chief of staff for the Harris Regional Hospital Center and many years managing his own medical practice before retiring from surgery in 2016. 

Dr. Beauchemin was also an inventor, land developer, accomplished builder and carpenter, bluegrass musician, and photographer.  Devoted to his family and his faith, he was an active parishioner of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary Mother of God in Sylva, NC. It was there that he served as the leader of the Parish Council and as a Fourth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was a bastion of his faith, sacrificing weekends to First Saturday Masses and leading a men’s prayer group at the fountain in downtown Sylva. He was a brilliant, kind, uplifting and giving person who left a long trail of tears upon his departure too soon from this life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville, NC. with internment immediately following Mass.

In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe account has been set up by his sisters for the benefit of his wife and children at https://gofund.me/ca5d41dd


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Condolences to Friends and Family. God Bless! Jimmy Ashe

Jimmy Ashe Sep 14 2021 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry about Ricks passing. We have many wonderful memories of friendship and fun with him and your family. Much love for your family & heartfelt condolences for your loss. Ronnie & Debbie Justice

Ronnie & Debbie Justice Aug 26 2021 12:00 AM

Sandy, so very sorry to hear of Dr. B's passing as I always called him. I am glad I had the pleasure to know and work with him.

Richard Echelman Aug 25 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Beauchemin, Jr.

Richard Echelman Aug 25 2021 12:00 AM

Sandy, my love and prayers are with you and your children, each family member. A heartbreaking loss for you. May the Lord surround each of you with His loving embrace. Much love to you

Theda Haney Aug 24 2021 12:00 AM

Sandy and family, I'm so very sorry to hear about Rick's passing. He was such an amazing person--a Renaissance man. We grieve his loss with you. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. And may He lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Jay Spiro

Jay Spiro Aug 24 2021 12:00 AM

Sandy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Im praying for you and all your family. My heart aches for you. Love in Christ, Pauline and Lewis

Pauline Beck Aug 22 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Beauchemin, Jr.

Pauline Beck Aug 22 2021 12:00 AM

Sandy, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your children. May the Lord bless you and give you strength at this difficult time. Much love!

Laura Sellers Aug 21 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Beauchemin, Jr.

Laura Sellers Aug 21 2021 12:00 AM

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