Ruth (Betsy)'s Story
Ruth (Betsy) E. Bevilacqua, age 89, and wife of the late John H. Bevilacqua, died on November 26, 2016 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Born and raised in Gloucester, she was the daughter of the late Henry L. and Ruth A. Oakes. A lifelong resident of Gloucester, she and her husband, John ran Essex Radio & TV Service in Essex for close to 60 years. Constant companions outside of their business as well, they enjoyed traveling throughout New England often with their grandchildren.
They were also dedicated volunteers to many organizations in the region, always ready and willing to set up a sound system for many worthy causes.
Ruth was also a lifelong member of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church. An avid knitter, she touched many people through the church with her knitted prayer shawls. Her family will also fondly remember her for the many articles of clothing she knitted for them.
She is survived by two sons, A. Arthur and his wife, Linda Bevilacqua of Danvers, Mass., and John Jr. and his wife, Deborah Bevilacqua of Gloucester, Mass.; four grandchildren, Tony and wife, Alicia Cornwell, of Roslindale, Mass., Michael and wife, Ilknur Bevilacqua of Danvers, Mass., Samantha Bevilacqua of Danvers, and Victoria and husband, Paul Lang of Gloucester, Mass.; a great-grandson, Ender Bevilacqua of Danvers, Mass.; and a sister, Jean Appletoff of Essex, Mass.
Betsy was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Leonard and a sister, Ann.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be made to the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, 488 Essex Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930.