The A.W. Perry team is mourning the loss of our friend, Past President and Past Chairman Emeritus, S. Maxwell Beal, Jr. Sandy as he was known to the A.W. Perry family passed away peacefully on November 17, 2021. Sandy was a dedicated father, husband, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and an exceptional leader in the Greater Boston real estate and business community.
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.
Sandy joined A.W. Perry in 1956 as a young man after graduating from St. Lawrence and serving proudly as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Despite being a member of the family, Herbert Perry put Sandy to work on the ground, reading meters, selling electricity, and running payroll.
Sandy left A.W. Perry for a period in the 70’s but returned and brought a renewed energy and focus on upgrading A.W. Perry downtown Boston portfolio. Sandy’s contribution to the City of Boston and our business lives on today, especially in his pride and joy – The Berkeley Building. As a long-time colleague recently shared “it is hard to separate his life from the firm’s history”. Sandy showed passion and dedication to A.W. Perry’s business every day of his life, we are all grateful for his many contributions to the company and his legacy lives on and he will be greatly missed by all.
One of Sandys’ proudest moments was seeing his son Rich take the helm as the first 5th generation leader of the company. He loved Rich and spoke often of how proud he was of Rich’s family and professional accomplishments.
Please join us as we keep Sandy’s family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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. https://www.downingchapel.com/obituary/SumnerMaxwell-BealJr
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