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Maxwell R. Beggs

A Graveside Service for Maxwell R. “Max” Beggs, 74, of Morristown will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Stone Church Cemetery, Stone Church Road in Ogdensburg with Rev. Laurena Wickham-Will officiating.  A Celebration of Life gathering will follow the graveside service at the Morristown Fire Hall at 1 p.m. in Morristown.   Mr. Beggs died on Monday, September 21, 2020 at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse after a brief illness. 

Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

Maxwell Rutherford Beggs was born on June 20, 1946, in Ogdensburg, he was the son of the late George and Inez (Rutherford), Beggs.  He was a 1965 graduate of Morristown Central School.  After high school, Max worked on the family farm for a period before starting his own business in 1973.  Max Beggs Builders and Movers was his company that he would operate for 47 years.  On July 16, 1983, he married Elaine Coffey at the Stone Presbyterian Church, Elaine died unexpectedly on June 10, 2017.  Max enjoyed woodworking and NASCAR, he was a devoted follower of all of his grandchildren’s school, sports, and marching band functions.  He was a true supporter of the Morristown Central School Rockets.  He was a member of the I.A.S.M (International Association of Structural Movers) and the Morristown Fire Department, recently being appointed Fire Commissioner.    


He is survived by his daughter Jessica Ann Collett and her husband Joe of Morristown, his surrogate daughters; Lisa Newby of Morristown and Akiko Kumagai of Tokyo, Japan.   He is survived by his grandchildren; Carson Beggs, Liberty and Alaina Montroy, and  Carissa Collett all of Morristown, and Kadence Collett of Tampa, Florida.   He is survived by his brothers; Donald Beggs and his wife Harriet of Ogdensburg, Steve Beggs and his wife Susan of Lafayette, NY, and John Beggs and his wife Vera of Rome, NY.

He was predeceased by his wife Elaine, his parents George and Inez Beggs and  his son-in-law Spencer Montroy.

Donation’s in Max’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Online condolences may be at LaRuePitcher.com.

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It was with great sadness to learn of Max passing. My deepest condolences.

David Brown Sep 30 2020 12:00 AM

We all know that life has to end----as soon as there is a breath sooner or later there will be a death!! Max went to soon
However he will live on in the minds and hearts of those that knew him, loved him, or cared deeply for him as a great friend. I am one of those. I worked for Max mostly side by side and as a friend we shared a lot of time together not only on the job but after the work was done. A great man once said "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others". Max touched so many lives and i know we are all better off for having known him. Look up a poem Dirge without music by Edna St. Vincent Malay. That's how I feel about Max. Good Bye Old Friend.

DAVID CARNEY Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

It is with great sadness that I read of Max's passing. Even though I no longer livein the Stone Church community, I will alwaysremember Max and the Beggs family. God Bless all his extended family in the your loss.

Joan Narrow Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

I knew Max through our shared involvement in the building moving business. He was always willing to share his considerable knowledge about the trade. I enjoyed his company when we would meet at building movers conventions. Yes, there is such a thing. He will be missed.

Jim Benvenuto Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

We were very saddened to hear of Max's passing! Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.

Tom and Carrie Rutherford Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Beggs family,
It was with heavy heart that I received the news of Max's passing. Max was such a character, full of laughs and mischief. I always looked forward to a get together with the whole family, even if it might have included a terrifying ride on a snowmobile. He cared for our parents deeply and would help out in anyway he could. I have a fond memory of Max bringing a door to their anniversary party to be used as the "door" prize. I am thinking of the whole Beggs family at this sad time.

Janine (Ennis) Christensen Sep 25 2020 12:00 AM

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Maxwell Beggs. He and his brothers - Steve, Don and John - were raised to be industrious, strong and devoted men who supported their families and their communities. Clearly, Max has done so and his passing will be very difficult for those who knew him. I have fond memories of his cheerful personality and his commitment to his circle of friends and family. My sincere condolences to the Beggs family. You have suffered a great loss.

David Ennis Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

Max was always kind, helpful and fun! Nothing but good memories of him. He was good solid man and person...he will be missed by so many. Thinking of you Jess

Pam Rose Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

Max had a very interesting personality and many talents. He was a natural on the farm and could do anything that was needed there while taking on any projects that were challenging . He would do anything he could to help others in need and was always ready to smile and laugh . He was a great support for Jessica . Sincere condolences to his brothers and their wives and Jessica and family.

George Ennis Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

We've never met but by your big smile and from all the love expressed by your family, I know you were a wonderful man to all that you crossed paths with. May you rest in peace and your memories live forever.

Karen Sep 23 2020 12:00 AM

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