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The death of Pete Seeger inspired many across the world especially people in Beacon. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Michael Howard has that story.
BEACON, N.Y. –- It was a sad day for many here in Beacon as many of them learned the news Tuesday morning that Pete Seeger who was an inspiration to many, passed away Monday night.
"We're all really sad and wish he could have lived forever," said Susan Wright.
He was called "the father of American Folk Music," known for his many songs and giving back to the community. That inspired many including those in his organization called Clearwater.
“He always wanted people to participate and sing with him rather just sit passively and listen to him sing, which is a big part of what made him special," said Dave Conover of the Clearwater organization.
In the late 60s Seeger helped start the nonprofit group with a sailboat and a dream, to clean up the Hudson River.
"He brought everyone out on the river to get an experience firsthand of what that resource is like so they might get it in their heads to protect it and preserve it for generations to come," said Linda Richards of the Clearwater organization.
While many worldwide saw him on stage during his birthday celebration with Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden, he was well known in Beacon. He resided for more than 50 years here, stopping in at JV Forrestal Elementary School to sing with kids.
"One day the phone rang and it was Pete Seeger and he said 'hey, can I come in your class and sing?' and I said 'sure,' and he came regularly for the past seven years," said Wright.
As for the nonprofit organization they say they his dream will continue.
“The work that he started is going to continue and we're going to work really hard to keep his legacy going," said Conover.
Seeger died of natural causes and was 94-years-old.