Community leader Dale Beavers dies

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 3, 2012

Dale BeaversBy Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–Tool resident Dale Beavers, who many may remember as the general manager for West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District, died Monday at the age of 71.
A memorial service for “The Colonel” will be held at the First Baptist Church of Tool at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5. A celebration of his life will immediately follow at the Seven Points VFW Post 4376. All are invited.
After a long and illustrious career in the U.S. Air Force, he retired to the Cedar Creek Lake area and applied for the post of general manager at WCCMUD, which he served for nearly 14 years before retiring from his second career.
Longtime board president Clifton Smith remembers hiring Beavers for the post in 1985. Beavers retired in 1999.
“We needed a strong hand and a strong mind to pull us out of some bad problems,” Smith told The Monitor. “He was strong with people and strong minded.”
Smith describes that era as a time of growth and all the attending problems that go along with growing pains.
“He really did a magnificent job at pulling things together here,” Smith said.
And he brought on Tony Ciardo, who became a key man under him and who was promoted to GM when Beavers retired.
“He set the groundwork upon which West Cedar Creek has been building ever since. Dale worked hard and played hard. He was very instrumental in the community, working with people,” Smith said.
To others, he was best known for his quick wit, his larger- than-life stories and his love for his family. He was much loved by his friends at Cedar Creek Lake and especially all his fellow veterans at the Seven Points VFW Post 4376.
He also was involved with the Optimist Club in Seven Points for many years.
He was a proud member of the Aley United Methodist Church in Tool.
Please see the Sunday issue of The Monitor for his complete obituary.