LAKE PLACID - Russ E. "Sugar Bear" Beede, 63, died unexpectedly while hunting in the High Peaks Wilderness Area near Lake Placid.
Russ was born in Keene Valley, Dec. 17, 1947, the son of Homer E. and Ida Mae (Blake) Beede. He attended Lake Placid High School and at the age of 17 enlisted in the United States Navy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a long time member of the American Legion Post 326, Lake Placid, and Marcy Post 1312, American Legion, Keene Valley.
Russ was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and shooting enthusiast. His shooting skills and knowledge of firearms were unmatched. He was an active member of the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake fish and game clubs and participated in Cowboy Action Shooting and Turkey Shoot Competition with both traditional black powder and small caliber rifle. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and collecting, trading and repairing guns of all kinds.
Russ worked in Lake Placid for the town of North Elba Highway Department as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator and at the North Elba Transfer Station as an attendant and equipment operator. He also worked for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority at the Olympic Bobrun, for Essex County as a tractor-trailer driver and, following his retirement, worked for the village of Lake Placid driving a trolley and as a groundskeeper at the village parks.
Russ is survived by his wife Linda (Levitt) Beede of Lake Placid; one son, Aaron Beede and his wife Maryann of Lake Placid; one daughter, Amanda Beede and her companion Richard Sullivan of Lake Placid; and five grandchildren: Brandon, Shealynn, Cade, Dane and Holly.
Russ was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Foster Beede.
A celebration of Russ' life was held Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid and the Marcy Post at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be in North Elba Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Russ be made to the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department.