Local vet's last wish granted: 'We might have to push that up a little'

Joe gets his wish of celebrating his son's graduation in a new suit at Ringside - Photo courtesy Ringside Steakhouse

GRESHAM, Ore. – A local Army veteran’s final wish to wear a new suit and celebrate his son’s graduation was made possible on Sunday night, thanks to the generosity of his community.

Joseph Beaupre was given a few months to live, and one of his last wishes was to have a new suit to wear to his son Tracey’s graduation ceremony.

“He is an ‘A’ student, he's been waiting 10 years to graduate,” Beaupre said.

Tracey is set to graduate this time next year, and sadly, Joe’s battle with COPD means he likely won’t make it to that day.

“We might have to push that up a little,” Beaupre said.

His hospice care facility, which grants wishes to some of its patients, said they knew after hearing his wish, they had to make it happen.

“He expressed during that meeting that he would love a new suit, he loves to get dressed up,” Andrea Zimmerman, a nurse at Season’s Hospice, told KATU News.

With the help of a tailor and Joseph A. Banks store in Portland, they outfitted Beaupre with a custom-fitted suit.

They celebrated Sunday with a limo ride to Ringside Steakhouse, all paid for by some generous donors from the community and the owners at Ringside.


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