Herbert Besaw, 82, of Gouverneur, passed away on Thursday, February 17, at University Hospital in Syracuse surrounded by his loving wife and six children.
Herbert was born on January 18, 1929, in Gouverneur to the late James Arthur and Elizabeth (Fields) Besaw. He attended Gouverneur Central School and married Beverly Ann Fenton on September 5, 1953 in Gouverneur.
Herbert worked for five years at Gouverneur Talc, and then went to work at Gouverneur Central School as a bus driver where he worked for 20 years. He also worked the family farm with his father from the age of 16 until fully taking it over in 1962. He worked the farm until retiring at 81 years of age.
He was a member of the Ayshire Association for many years. He enjoyed spending time at the family campground. He also loved the life of “Gab,” he loved to talk and tell stories and jokes. He enjoyed spending time at the Gouverneur Fair with his family showing their registered Ayshire Cattle. He loved being a farmer and told his family numerous times that if he could live his life over again, he would be a dairy farmer all over again.
Herbert is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly A. Besaw; his six children and their spouses, Charlene and Jeffrey Webster of Alexandria Bay, Joseph and Sally Besaw of Palmyra, Kandi Norton and her fiancé Dennis Ryan of Rensselaer Falls, James (Art) and Lynette Besaw of Gouverneur, Herbert and Cynthia Besaw of Walworth and Beverly and Jeffrey Ball of Hagaman; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Herbert is predeceased by his nine brothers, Charles, Keith, Arthur, Joseph, Lyle, Glenn, Donald, Harry and Vincent; and his four sisters, Harriet Stone, Mary Edwards, Leta Tharrett and Mildred Besaw. He was the youngest of 14 and the last survivor.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, February 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. The funeral service will be on Monday, February 21, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Bob King officiating. Burial will follow at East Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur.
Donations may be made in Herbert’s memory to the American Lung Association, 300 Winners Circle, Suite 300, Albany, NY 12205.