Paul W. (Bill) Beamer, 87
Paul W. (Bill) Beamer passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011, while a guest at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington, PA, at the age of 87.
He was the only son of Paul John and Mabel Ruth (Silvis) Beamer and was born Nov. 17, 1923, in the home of his grandparents, William and Lulu Beamer in Manor, PA.
Bill Beamer was a sterling example of giving back to one’s community, availing his immeasurable talents toward the enrichment and economic development of the community in which he chose to spend his so-called retirement years after an impressive career in business. “Bill gave much to the Central Bradford County community. He really is the man responsible for the founding of the Central Bradford County Progress Authority,” said former Bradford County Commissioner and long-time Towanda businessman, Gary Goeckel, upon learning of his old friend’s death. “Many came to him for help organizing or fund-raising. Bill seldom turned them down.”
As a young person, he was an exceptional student and was awarded the Westinghouse Science Scholarship. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. While at the university, he was a varsity athlete in track, as well as serving as the captain of the track and cross country teams and the manager of the football team. He also studied at a graduate level at Yale University and the University of North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a sergeant during World War II.
As the consummate overachiever, Bill had many accomplishments over his lengthy career. Most recently, he was Director of Marketing, Government for GTE, working out of their headquarter offices in Danvers, MA. It was through this position that he became acquainted with Towanda. Throughout his career, he held executive responsibilities at several international companies. Among them were Texas International, Valtec Corporation, Wyman Gordon Company and Westinghouse Corporation. In the 1970s, he was appointed by President Richard Nixon to be a member of the Commission of Government Procurement for a three-year term. Mr. Beamer was honored by the State of Israel with the Masada Medal for the support of his defense work. He was a member of several national organizations: American Defense Preparedness, Association of the U.S. Army, Navy League, American Society of Metals, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Aluminum Association, Republican National Committee, Republican Presidential Task Force and the Republican Senatorial Task Force.
His greatest pride was in the work he did in Bradford County, in economic development, charitable and political organizations. He was president and director of the Central Bradford County Economic Development Authority, on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee member for Lackawanna College, member of the Towanda Main Street Board, manager of the Towanda Main Street Program, member of the French Azilum Board, Central Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford County Planning Commission, Alpha Phi Omega, Bradford County Historical Society, Bradford County Dental Assistance Program and a member of the Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America. He also attended the North Rome Wesleyan Church when his health permitted.
He traveled the world extensively, with his first trip being to Alaska as a young boy. Bill loved to argue, in a friendly way, especially about politics, and greatly enjoyed music and cooking.
He was predeceased by his parents, Paul John and Mabel Ruth (Silvis) Beamer and his sister, Nancy Beamer Whitehead.
He leaves his loving and loyal companion, Kathy Hammerly of Rome; his children, Pamela A Rauh and her husband, William of Princeton, MA, Michael C. Beamer of Monroe, ME, Nina L. Holton and her husband, Alanson, and John P. Beamer of Worcester, MA; grandchildren, Nathan L. Brown, Elizabeth J. Brown, Michael A. Brown and Li Holton, as well as great-grandchildren, Max A. W. Brown and Levi O. Colon and nieces Robin, Susie and Loren. Bill also leaves many dear, faithful and cherished friends.
The family wishes to extend their intense appreciation to the many health care providers who cared for Bill over the past few years. The family also wishes to extend their love and gratitude to Kathy Hammerly for bringing so much happiness to Bill’s life and to the people of Bradford County for giving him a purpose and a place that he was proud to call home.
The arrangements will be private and will be handled by Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Rome Wesleyan Church, RR1, Box 186, Ulster, PA 18850, or to a charity of the giver’s choice.