February 22, 2012LANCASTER - Long-time civic and business leader Michael Beattie died on Friday. He was 68-years-old and had be sick for some time.
For 18 years, Beattie served as a Lancaster selectman and was a serial entrepreneur -- owning businesses as diverse as a racetrack to a radio station, Montgomery Ward to convenience stores. Friends like Midge Rosebrook, of Lancaster, recalled Beattie's "tenacious" spirit and "never give up attitude."
In 1966, 23-year-old started Beattie Enterprises and eventually it consisted of Riverside Speedway, a Montgomery Ward store, the Lancaster Colonial Mart, the Detour Truck Stop (now Munce's), WLGW Radio Station and of course his long time running construction business. In time, Beattie divested of many of these businesses.
A native of Lancaster, Beattie always found time to be part of his community. He was a member of the local fire department, bank trustee and charter member of the local snowmobile club. Beattie was also the chairman of a major regional snowmobiling event -- the Grand Prix, which attracted as many as 16,000 people to Lancaster to watch top-level racing. In 2011, he took part in a video interview about the Grand Prix, which is available at www.WhiteMtNews.com.
Rosebrook said Beattie leaves his community with an example of honor and community service.
"Mike left us with the bar set so high," he said, "(that) we can't even see it, let alone reach it." Rosebrook added, the community will miss his "wisdom, guidance and most of all, his wit." A full obituary is on page 2.