Father of Olympian, Charles “Ted” Lyon Beisel, of Saunderstown, Passes at 71

Monday 05 July 2021

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Charles “Ted” Lyon Beisel, 71, of Saunderstown, RI, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on July 1, 2021.

He was a devoted husband of 31 years to his wife Joanie, and a loving father to his children Elizabeth and Danny.

Born on January 9, 1950 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Beisel, and the brother of the late Rick and Brian Beisel. He was the beloved cousin of Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine of Ann Arbor, Michigan, who was like the sister he never had. He graduated from Ichabod Crane Central High School in 1967 and attended Potsdam University and the Junior College of Albany.

Ted began his construction career in his early 20s, living wherever his work would take him. From designing skyscrapers in Saudi Arabia to hotels in San Diego, he acquired skills and knowledge from all over the world that made him a brilliant and versatile craftsman. He retired from his illustrious career in 2019.

Ted met his future wife Joanie in Kinderhook, NY, and followed her back to Rhode Island, where her family embraced him, and he quickly became a beloved part of their lives. They will be forever grateful for the joy of his presence and the privilege of knowing and loving him.

In his spare time, Ted was an active member of the community. He donated dozens of gallons of blood to the Rhode Island Blood Center until he couldn’t anymore due to a cancer diagnosis. He has volunteered for the Narragansett Lions Club for many years and has generously donated his time and resources to organizations that held a special place in his heart.

Ted loved the Green Bay Packers almost as much as Joanie and the kids. When he was born in Green Bay, his ties to the Packers went deeper than just cheering for the home city team. His family included Andrew Turnbull, the first president of the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay was in his blood, a trait his daughter and son inherited. Whether the family traveled to Lambeau Field to meet Cousin Peggy or watched at home in his “Packer Room,” he never missed a game.

He adored his family more than anything. He loved golfing and watching the Packers with Danny and traveling the world watching Elizabeth swim in countless competitions. He cherished all family outings, especially those with his favorite travel companions Joanie, his sister-in-law Janie, and her husband, Mitchell. His favorite place to visit with Joanie was Ireland, which always included a convenient stopover in England to visit Joanie’s many close friends from college. More often than not, he could be found with a Guinness and live music at one of his many favorite pubs. He loved sitting atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire and admiring the humble beauty of the White Mountains. He will be remembered for his kindness, encyclopedic intelligence, humor and hearty, healthy smile.

Ted’s services will be held at Nardolillo Funeral Home & Crematory – South County Chapel, 1111 Boston Neck Road (Rt. 1A), Narragansett on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

There is a visiting hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., immediately followed by a memorial service that is open to everyone.

Casual and cheerful clothing is requested according to Ted’s wishes.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to Block Cancer in his honor. Checks may be paid to Swim Across America c/o Block Cancer, 8508 Park Rd. #389, Charlotte, NC 28210.

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