David J. Beals


David J. Beals 71, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019. Born in Niskayuna, NY on February 12, 1948, he was the son of Clarence and Eva Beals. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

David began his career as a chef at Red’s Restaurant, which is now known as the Ripe Tomato. He was a long haul tractor trailer driver for many trucking companies and later drove school bus for Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years, retiring in 2006.

David served as Planning Board Chairman for the Village of Ballston Spa and was a member of the Town of Milton Zoning Board. David also served as an election inspector for the Village of Ballston Spa, Town of Milton and School elections.

He enjoyed taking long rides in the country with his lifelong friend Greg “Whitey”, usually using a full tank of gas. He also enjoyed racing radio controlled cars and playing golf. David was a stock car racing fan and worked at the Albany Saratoga Speedway and Fonda Speedway. He owned several classic cars. He was the Trivia king and played at all the local restaurants on Trivia Night.

David loved all his animals and rescued many from the animal shelter. He was loved by his neighbors and friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

He was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Eva Beals, and his brothers Charles Beals and Peter Beals. David is survived by his wife of 23 years Carol; son Jeffrey Beals; granddaughter Meghan; brothers Paul Beals (Audrey) and William Beals (Leonilde); many nieces, nephews and special friends.

All are invited to a celebration of David’s life on Friday, April 12 from 5pm to 8pm in the upstairs banquet room at The Factory, 20 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 6pm.

A dinner buffet will be served starting at 5pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Guest Book

Paula, Alan, & Bear

Carol, We are so sorry for your loss. Not only a loss for you and family but for all the people and puppies whose Dave’s life has touched. We consider ourselves lucky to have known him. It seems that he has touched so many peoples lives in a positive way...he will certainly be missed....all our ❤️, Paula, Alan , and Bear

Janice (Bean) Cook

So sorry to hear about David. Prayers to all of the family, from a former hostess at Reds restaurant.

Suzanne Canell

My sincere condolences to Carol and the family. Dave was a lovely person and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. RIP David.

Greg Birbilis

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dave. While coaching at Ballston Spa he was our driver to many away games. I loved taking to him about golf but I specially enjoyed his humor. He always wished the kids good luck and many times he would come off the bus and watch the games. A fine man.

Tracy and Jack O’ Rourke

Dave was truly one of the funniest people I have ever known. We worked together at the transportation department. Even after he left it was always a grand surprise to run into him. He was a good one. So sorry for your loss Carol. He touched many lives and brought joy.

Mary & Jim Mann

Godspeed Jake. Heaven gained a huge smile. Heartfelt sympathy to Carol and all who loved him.

Chris and Kevin McDonough

We are heart-struck by David’s loss and will miss him terribly. Much love to you, Carol.

William T Jurcsak

Bealsy your are going to be missed my friend. We had a lot of great times, especially lately being election inspectors. My ol friend, classmate and good buddy, goodbye for now, your old bud, whale

Janice (Bean) Cook

So sorry to hear about David. Prayers to all of the family and from a former hostess at Reds restaurant.

Bonnie Duhame

I am so sorry for your loss, Carol. He was a wonderful, fun loving and giving man. He will be missed by many and I am very happy that I got to know you two. All my love Bonnie

Sylvia Bertrand

To the Beals family
I loved having Dave as our driver to away games and seeing him at the Brickyard for trivia. He will be missed. He was a lot of fun to be around.

Richard & JoAnn Flanigan

Rest in Peace Jake, we will always remember you with a Smile.

Mary Carrier

To David's family, I'm very sorry for your loss. My Prayers are with all of you. Carol, My heart goes out to you. Much Love to All of You!

Kyle Vasquez

Carol, So sorry for your loss, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers

George Morris

I have been a Facebook friends with David and met him a few times at summer gatherings of formers from Ballston Spa. A real gentleman. His brother, Peter was a classmate. My prayers are with all his family and friends. We have lost a valued person from our everyday lives!!!

Sally Raymond-Clark and Jeff Clark

Our sincerest sympathies go to William and Lee Beals and the entire Beals family. David was always a presence helping others especially our neighbor’s property during the winter months.

Sue Briggs

A very special man indeed. Always a kind word or joke spoken. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to Carol and family. I will truly miss his wit and caring.

Kevin (Jeff) and Linda Williams

Our deepest sympathy to Carol and David's family. David will be greatly missed by all who ever knew him.

Mary Jane Breedlove

I am greatly saddened to hear that my friend Dave has passed. Carol, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Georgianna Ray Jones

We will miss you very much Dave you are a great friend and a awesome trivia player I am so very happy that I got to know you prayers with your family

Beth Chase

I enjoyed seeing David at my place of employment for years. He was always smiling and happy. I was proud of his weight loss and loved his commitment to the community. I’m so sorry for the family’s loss.

Douglas and Barbara Sargent

We enjoyed knowing Dave for many years. He had many stories with Barb as they both drove School bus about the same time period. During fair week we always looked for him driving the parking lot shuttle. For the last few months we enjoyed seeing Dave and Carol at breakfast. Like everyone else he will be missed!!!

Richard Gorman

Dave was a good friend and will be missed by many.
Rest in Peace Dave.

Mike Capasso

I have known you for almost 70 years and cannot put into words how I felt about you. You will be missed my friend.

Sandy & Royal Meader

Dave and I were good friends in grade school and in high school. He was always there with a quick joke and he could take a bad situation and turn it into a positive outcome. Although he could act goofy at times, he was really intelligent and a formidable foe if he wanted to be. May you have a smooth journey into the afterlife and an even smoother landing.

I will miss my old friend Dave.

Carol & Donald Lang

Dave you were a special gentleman! God bless to you and all your family, We will miss you.

Michelle Neahr

I remember the first time we met at the Bears Cafe in Ballston Spa. You were so kind to my daughter and I welcoming us to the the area. You were always such a kind and caring person. You have touched many people with your generosity. I will miss you and your contagious smile.

Until we meet again friend!

Ardella Baxter Hutchins

My sincere thoughts go out the Beals family. I have known them since their parents owned the store in East Line. A wonderful family. I graduated with Bill. May all the memories you have of David sustain you during this difficult time.

Susan Leslie

I have no words. I will miss you, Dave.

Christine Finnegan

I am so sorry to hear about David's passing. My condolences to his family.
May he R. I. P.