Thomas A. Beaudrie, age 85, of Gladstone, passed away Friday evening, August 17, 2012, at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Tom was born November 28, 1926, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, the son of Francis and Anna (Cochrane) Beaudrie. He was raised in Sault Ste. Marie and graduated from Sault Ste. Marie High School. In 1944, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII, until his honorable discharge in 1946.
In August, 1946 Tom met Dorothy Futchik also of Sault Ste. Marie, MI at a dance in Sault, Ontario. In 1947 he attended the Industrial Training Institute in Chicago and was awarded a diploma in Machine Drafting and Design. As a school project he designed a pop bottle dispensing machine.
In 1947 he returned to Sault Ste. Marie and accepted a position as the Assistant City Engineer until accepting a position as a draftsman and rodman on a survey crew. In 1948 he studied Land Surveying at the International Correspondence School in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He eventually became a registered land surveyor. On January 22, 1949, Thomas married Dorothy Futchik at St. Mary