Obituary | Bradley “Brad” John Beauchamp

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Bradley John Beauchamp, 46, Grand Forks, died Friday, March 10, 2023, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.   

Brad was born April 27, 1976, in Grand Forks, N.D., the first of two children to Robert “Punky” and Roberta Beauchamp.  He was raised in East Grand Forks, M.N. and attended elementary through high school at Sacred Heart School, graduating in 1994.  Brad excelled in athletics and was a four sport athlete. He was a multi-year letter winner in baseball, football, basketball, and track and field.  With a grin on his face he would tell you he never left the field in a football game, playing on the offense, defense, and special teams.  He was recognized for numerous awards during his playing career and still holds some individual records at Sacred Heart.

After high school Brad attended the University of North Dakota.  While there he pledged at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and a legend was born.  His countless fraternity brothers during his college years became brothers for life and he considered many of them his best lifelong friends.  He loved nothing more than reuniting with any and all of them any chance he could get and when they did the stories flowed like they were yesterday, many of which are not suitable for print.  If any of his ATO brothers needed help, advice, or an ear to listen, Brad was always available at a moment’s notice. 

On September 10th 2005, Brad married Amy Tellmann in Grand Forks.  They would later have two daughters, Bella and Avery, who were the light of his life.  Brad’s family was at the center of everything he did and every move he made was with them in mind.  In 2015 they built their dream home on the outskirts of town and immediately fit right in to a lively neighborhood community who became a part of their extended family.

Early in his adult life Brad worked as a bartender and bar manager at a handful of local establishments.  His outgoing personality and fun-loving attitude made him a favorite with his customers and co-workers alike.  In 2007, drawing on his years of experience, Brad and Amy opened the Crosstown Lounge in downtown Grand Forks.  The 10,000 square foot second story bar was the culmination of his passion for the service industry, a risk taking and ambitious spirit, and a desire to provide the best for his growing family.  Brad brought his vision for a live music venue to life at the Crosstown and on a weekly basis some of the most talented and creative musicians in the country could be seen on the stage there.  His knack for booking unique talents not normally seen in Grand Forks has left his fingerprint on the local music scene to this day.  In 2012 Brad and Amy sold the Crosstown Lounge to new owners, but not before the infamous Coolio show that will live on in Grand Forks lore for years to come.

His next and current venture was Northern Estate Group, a company he built from scratch with his blood, sweat, and tears specializing in landscaping, snow removal, and irrigation systems.  Brad grew and expanded the operation to currently employ several people, including among others, former Crosstown employees, friends, and ATO brothers. If you worked for Brad he quickly became your friend and mentor.  He wanted nothing but the best in life for all of his guys.        

Brad got endless enjoyment from watching his girls’ sports and activities.  He loved playing pool and poker with friends, talking politics, camping and the outdoors, but his main passion in life was fishing.  Brad was a man on the move and when he wasn’t working, he was planning for his next fishing trip.  For more than a decade he and his friends made an annual trek north, nearly to the Arctic Circle, to some of the most pristine and primitive Walleye fishing grounds in the world. In a boat far out of cell phone range catching massive Walleyes was his happy place.  He could talk for hours about it and by the end of the conversation he’d have you convinced you’re coming with on the next trip.

Amy and the girls would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they have received following Brad’s passing.  Brad was called home far too soon and their hearts will be shattered forever.

He is survived by his wife Amy, two daughters, Bella (17) and Avery (15), parents Robert “Punky” and Roberta Beauchamp, a sister Janelle (Benjamin) Gergen, grandmother Ione Beauchamp, all of East Grand Forks, MN, mother-in-law, Janet Tellmann, brothers-in-law, Jeff (Nicole) Tellmann and Andy Tellmann all of Grand Forks, nephews Peter and Joseph Gergen, and Bet, Blaze, and Luke Tellmann, nieces Maria Gergen, Whitney Krsnak, Jalen Hanson, and Maya, Charlotte, and Cecelia Tellmann, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, furry friends, Ringo, Duncan, Juicy, Stitch, and Hobey, his Alpha Tau Omega brothers and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert “Bob” Beauchamp, grandparents Jack and Donna Spoor, a nephew JohnPaul Robert Gergen, and uncles K. Warren Volker and Anthony Spoor

In lieu of memorials the family asks you, in Brad’s honor, to do something kind for someone in need, give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and be a light in the darkness for anyone who is struggling.

Celebration of Life: 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, ND. Please use Main (East) Entrance or Northeast Entrance  for service.
Visitation: One-hour prior to the service on Wednesday.