WEST BATH — David Paul “Beav” Bourget, 59, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Beav was born in Bath on April 2, 1956, son of Raymond Howard and Jane Evelyn (Leeman) Bourget.

He was educated in Bath schools and graduated from Morse High School in the class of 1974. Beav took a great deal of pride being a Morse alumni and never missed a reunion.

Though Beav was born and raised in Bath, both Phippsburg and West Bath could also lay claim to him. Beav was a member of the Phippsburg Fire and Rescue Department for over 40 years, at one point serving as Assistant Fire Chief. He was an EMT as well. Beav will be greatly missed by all at the department, especially by his very dear friend, Jimma Totman.

In 1988, Beav and his wife Patty and daughter, Rachel, became residents of West Bath, moving into a house that he built himself at Quaker Point. He continued to believe strongly in serving his community. He was presently a Selectman for West Bath and had been serving in that capacity for the past nine years.

Beav was a man of many interests. He was a member of the Bath Alumni Association, as well as the Maine Lobsterman’s Association. Nothing gave him more pleasure than to be at the helm of the Odyssey, diet Pepsi in hand, going off to haul a few traps. Beav was an avid hunter as well and looked forward each year to joining his friends for their annual trip to Mt. Vernon. Beav was also a fountain of knowledge about the history of this area. It was rare indeed when he didn’t know the answer to a question concerning the history of the city of Bath.

Of all his interests and activities, there were none that meant more to Beav than his family and faith. He loved his family dearly, depending on the counsel and support of his wife and partner of 31 years, Patty Bennett Bourget, in all that he did. And anytime that his friends picture Beav, they will also picture by his side, his Cappy, sidekick and daughter, Rachel. It would be impossible to think of one without the other. These amazing ladies were truly the loves of his life.

Beav’s faith was very important to him. He was a regular communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Bath, rarely missing Mass. Beav lived his faith also, and this could be seen by his commitment and loyalty to friends and family, and by the kindness he showed to others.

Beav will be remembered by those who knew and loved him as a man of integrity and dedication. When he made a commitment to someone or some project, it was always at 100 percent, yet he did so quietly and without fanfare. He served as a mentor to many young men and women, especially to his many nieces and nephews who loved him so dearly. Beav was a loyal and devoted friend who often went out of his way to help others. (The amazing thing, also, is that he could do just about anything.) He was a man who loved his God and family above all else, he will be very sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bennett Bourget of West Bath, daughter, Rachel Marie Bourget of Phippsburg, his mother Jane Leeman Bourget of Bath, two sisters, Sally Mesi and her husband Joe of New York and Barbara Forsberg and her husband Ian of New Mexico, mother-in-law, Rita M. Bennett of Bath, two brothers-inlaw, Joe Bennett and his wife Pros of Bangor, Tom Bennett of West Bath, sister-in-law, Julie Bennett Harden and her husband Mike of Florida, many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Phippsburg Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Phippsburg Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 83, Phippsburg, ME 04562 or to the Morse High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1030, Bath, ME 04530.