HAVERHILL — Former State Representative Francis J. (Bevi) Bevilacqua, 85, of Haverhill, died Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Lawrence General Hospital.
He was born in Haverhill, Aug. 12, 1923 son of the late Vincenzo and Maria (Simonella) Bevilacqua.
He attended St. James Schools and was a lifelong resident of Haverhill. During World War II he served in United States Army. After the war, he returned to Haverhill where he was employed at 20th Century Bakery delivering bread and later becoming a supervisor for the company. He also owned Country and Town Realty & Insurance Co.
Bevi served in the House of Representatives for 22 years (1959 to 1981) representing Haverhill, serving on several committees including Ways & Means, Rules (serving as Assistant Majority Leader), State Administration, Counties (he was chairperson from 1965 to 1967), and Cities and Towns. In 1964, he was a member of the Electoral College. He was an Emeritus member of the Democratic City Committee and Democratic State Committee. Bevi was instrumental in bringing Northern Essex Community College (NECC) to Haverhill and in 1992 received the NECC Leadership Award in recognition of his many contributions to the school and the City of Haverhill. Most notable was Bevi's passion for helping people in need throughout his life.
His survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Agnes K. (Conte) Bevilacqua of Haverhill; four sons, Rick Bevilacqua and his sons, Francis III and Eric; James and his wife Diane of Haverhill and their children, James and Kate; Francis J. and his wife Gabrielle of Plaistow, N.H. and their sons, Anthony, Andrew and Alex; Michael and his wife Tamra of Portland, Maine, and their sons, Matthew and Nicholas; a daughter, Linda and her husband Daniel Malynn and their children, Chris and Kelly; and many nieces and nephews including Vincent DeSimone of Haverhill.
Among all his life's accomplishments, he was most proud of his large and very close family. Bevi was devoted to his wife and family and enjoyed cooking Sunday dinner for all his children, grandchildren and anyone else within a 15 yard radius. Bevi and his wife Agnes enjoyed many summers at their Salisbury Beach home with their family and many friends.