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Sumner Maxwell Beal, Jr.
1932 ~ 2021 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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S. Maxwell Beal, Jr of Hingham and Winchester, passed peacefully on November 17, 2021 in the company of his daughter, Marilyn Center. Everything was a celebration with Max- from gathering with the ‘Old Goats’ to a football tailgate- it wasn’t a party unless there was shrimp cocktail or lobster (only the knuckle meat!) Always the best dressed, he will be remembered by his perfectly placed boutineer and bowties. His affinity for American history was rivaled only by his love of family history and tradition- anyone who has ever sat alongside him understands this. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Max went on to lead an eventful career in commercial real estate where he served on the Downtown Crossing Association (Treasurer), Massachusetts Association of Realtors (Vice President) and the youngest President on record for the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He eventually retired as President of the family business, A.W. Perry after almost 40 years, but stayed involved in the business until his death. An avid sailor and always the man about town, he found comfort and pride behind the helm of his 38’ Bristol and his Cadillac, or playing Mayor of Crow Point on his daily walks around the neighborhood with his late dog, Lance. His enthusiasm for life and love of all things family is his legacy. The son of S. Maxwell Sr. and Eleanor (Perry) he is predeceased by his wife, Mary Beal, and his sons, Francis J. Johnson and Richard P. Beal. In addition to his daughter, Max leaves behind his daughter in law, Erica Beal; sisters, Nancy Beal Allen, Cyndy Beal Hurley and her husband Bob; brother, David Beal and his wife Emily; and 17 grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with countless (grand) nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 21, 4 – 8 pm, at the Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel, 21 Pond Street, Hingham. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 22, 10 am, Hingham Congregational Church, 366 Main Street, Hingham. Burial to follow. Donations may be made in Max’s memory with The Home For Little Wanders or Mass General Pediatric Oncology.