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Making A Difference: Lexington Music Community To Send Man Thank You Cards On 100th Birthday

Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 17:20:08-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A man who is a pillar of the Lexington music community and helped bring string music education to Fayette County Schools is turning 100.

Joe Beach is retired from music now, but the community he once served is making sure his 100th birthday is one to remember.

From playing, teaching, and repairing string instruments, to woodworking, his interests are many, but even greater are the number of lives Beach has touched.

His longtime friend Paul Engelbrecht was his stand partner in the Lexington Philharmonic for decades. He witnessed time and time against what a special man Beach is.

“People just like him. He’s encouraging, he just positive, most of the time he likes to do things for other people,” said Engelbrecht.

As he’s gotten older, his ability to do what he loves has diminished, aside of course from the crossword puzzles he works with Engelbrecht.

“You’d be surprised at 99 years of age he still knows a lot of answers to crossword puzzles,” said Engelbrecht.

So as he embarks on the century mark, there’s a movement to send Beach as many birthday cards as possible to say thank you for everything he has done.

You can send cards to Mr. Joe Beach, care of Larry Beach

3362 Pepperhill Road

Lexington, Ky 40502-3840