Chuck Beamer

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Charles “Chuck” Bruce Beamer of Chesley, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, May 7, 2020 in his 87th year.

Beloved husband of Helen (Johnson). Loving father of David (Connie) of New Westminster, B.C., Randi Varga, Nancy (Shawn) Morrow, all of Chesley and Michael (Tracy) of Canmore, Alberta. Chuck enjoyed a special relationship with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loving to spend time with all of them. Cherished grandfather of Brenda (Ryan), Lacey, Adam (Hellen), Toni (Mike), Molly, Sadie, Kaitlyn (James), Stephanie (Chris) and great-grandfather of Hunter, Benjamin, Ava, Elsa, Ainsley, Sophia, Kayla, Silas, Nathan, Finn, Kalleigh, Greyson, and Ezra. He will be dearly missed by his sisters Phyllis McNaughton of Victoria, B.C., and Ruth Milani of Meaford. Chuck will be fondly remembered by the entire Johnson family, many close friends, including life-long friends Don and Sheila Cox (known to his children as Aunt Sheila and Uncle Don) and their family. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Tim Klages, brother Henry, and his parents Lloyd and Olive (Monkman) Beamer.

The love and support of family and friends are so important at times like these, and even more so when we are not permitted to gather to support one another. Please leave a detailed condolence, or perhaps a favourite story, or a way Chuck touched your life – something to inspire a measure of comfort and hope to all who read these comments. Thank you!

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held in July when family can come home to be with one another. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer Society, two charities near and dear to Chuck, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Jack and Ellen Cavill
May 21, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all of the Beamer family, cherish your memories.
Gary and Irene swartz
May 18, 2020
Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with y’all
Sue Schlorff
May 15, 2020
Dear Helen, David, Randi, Nancy, Michael and families,

We were so sad to hear of Chuck’s passing. Our families have been connected for so long. Being older than “the Beamer kids”, I kept much of my connection through Mom and Dad. You felt like an extension to our family. You were such good friends to them, and so embraced us. I always knew where “the group”, including the Beamers, the Birchards and the Petries, would be on New Year’s Eve – travelling from one house to the next, and one course to the next, enjoying exceptional food and the best of company. There are many pictures of “the group” celebrating birthdays and anniversaries together as well.
I have to admit that I found Chuck inspirational in his special celebration of “Ground Hog Day” with you, Helen, and think of the two of you each year at that time.
Please know that Dad also sends his sympathies to you at this time.
We continue to think of you and send you big hugs.

With love, Sue Schlorff and family, and John Petrie
Sharon Ribey
May 14, 2020
Dear Helen and family,
Sincere sympathy as you grieve Chuck’s death especially in these most challenging times.
I was interviewed by “Mr. Beamer” March Break,1976 in his office. (which became my office in September,1991) He was very welcoming and accommodating during the interview. He advised me, however, there were no positions in primary or special education in Port Elgin come September. He smiled “his smile“ as I was leaving and assured me he was pleased to have met me; “I looked good on paper”.
Then in May I received a call from Bruce Giles offering me a Grade One class in Port Elgin and the rest is history! Chuck, Bruce and Jack Bowers became my Fab Three mentors. I also appreciated Chuck’s compassionate, caring support when my mother died suddenly Easter, 1982. Thinking of you.

Deepest Sympathy,
Sharon Ribey.
Lewis and Marilyn Coffman
May 13, 2020
Helen and Family,

Not only was Chuck a supportive and caring school superintendent, he was also a friend. Marilyn and I have fond memories of the occasions we spent with both of you in past years. We remember Chuck especially for his humour and gentle, laid back attitude. He will be missed. Cherish your many memories of his participation in the life of your families.

With our love, Lewis and Marilyn
Gerry Moss
May 13, 2020
Helen, Nancy and family,
Please accept our condolences on your loss. May the shared stories and fond memories with family and friends bring you comfort and peace at this time of grieving.

Chuck was a pillar of the Bruce County Board Admin team. His opinions and viewpoints were inspiring and straightforward, without the clutter of unnecessary educational jargon. Friendliness was a hallmark of his interactions. Often wearing a wry smile, Chuck reveled in repartee and didn’t miss a chance for a quip that drew chuckles.

As a first-year teacher, I quaked at the front of the classroom. Superintendent Beamer sat in the rear, wearing a suit and a ‘flat top’ haircut and jotting teacher evaluation notes. When the bell rang, he gently reviewed my performance. Still feeling nervous, I can recall only one comment --- With a wry smile, Mr. Beamer said, “Kids usually cooperate, but a few will get under your skin.” I agreed, but he quickly added, “You’ll know that you’re doing a great job, when you find ways to make progress with those kids, too.” Little did I know that this ‘pearl of wisdom’ would be an invaluable beacon over my whole career. Thank you, Chuck!

Count us among those who have been the beneficiaries of the practical leadership, the genuine friendliness and keen wit of Chuck Beamer.
Gerry and Karen Moss
Dick & Gail Petrie
May 12, 2020
Helen, David, Randi, Nancy and Mike... all the Beamers... I can't tell you how saddened we felt when we heard about Chuck. Your family was a big part of our life in Chesley. I remember when I broke my leg in the heat of the summer, Chuck and Helen got my cast all wrapped up in a garbage bag and tape and I swam in your pool, you must have been worried I'd sink to the bottom.
I remember being at your house many times with Chuck and John watching CFL games. I don't think David and I were as enthusiastic about the game but we probably rode our bikes around in the newly developing Tower Park. Lots of mud and fun for us! Gail fondly remembers car rides to Owen Sound for Swimming lessons.
Our hearts are with you all.
Dick & Gail Petrie and family.
Dick & Gail Petrie
May 12, 2020
Helen, David, Randi, Nancy and Mike... all the Beamers... I can't tell you how saddened we felt when we heard about Chuck. Your family was a big part of our life in Chesley. I remember when I broke my leg in the heat of the summer, Chuck and Helen got my cast all wrapped up in a garbage bag and tape and I swam in your pool, you must have been worried I'd sink to the bottom.
I remember being at your house many times with Chuck and John watching CFL games. I don't think David and I were as enthusiastic about the game but we probably rode our bikes around in the newly developing Tower Park. Lots of mud and fun for us! Gail fondly remembers car rides to Owen Sound for Swimming lessons.
Our hearts are with you all.
Dick & Gail Petrie and family.
Cathy Johnson
May 12, 2020
Just recieved the news of uncle Chuck im so sorry for your loss id be honoured to attend his interment in July my phone # 226-581-4114
Luv you Auntie Helen xo
Ross and Dianne King
May 11, 2020
Sending our deepest sympathy to each of the family members at this sad time.
He will be missed.
Lynne Cox, Randy Brown, Lindsay Rachky, Darryl Rachky and Emily.
May 10, 2020
Auntie Helen, Randi, Nancy, David & Michael,

Randy, Lindsay and I want to offer our sincerest condolences on Uncle Chuck's passing. I have over 40 years of memories of our times together at your home in Chesley, in Sauble Beach, and at visits with my parents.

I enjoyed many great conversations with Uncle Chuck on gardening and education and always enjoyed his dry wit and love of family. Lindsay remembers many great pool visits at your home. Uncle Chuck will be greatly missed by us.

Wishing you love and all of our support at this difficult time.
Bonnie Gallinger
May 10, 2020
Helen and family: On behalf of the entire congregation of St. John's United Church, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Chuck was a faithful and dedicated leader in our church for many years. May you all find comfort in the wonderful memories. Death is not extinguishing the light. It is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Ron and Marlene Calhoun
May 10, 2020
Helen and Family.
Our deepest sympathy in the passing
Of Chuck. We have great memories of Chuck and Helen, while we attended church inChesley. They were
always among the leaders, and very well respected.. Cherish your wonderful memories of a great man!
Ron and Gwen Clarke
May 10, 2020
To Helen and your family we offer our sincerest condolences on the passing of Chuck. He will be remembered as a quiet and compassionate person. To me (Ron) I knew Chuck as a mentor and friend during the many years we worked at the Board of Education
Allan & Diane Wilson
May 10, 2020
Sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. He was always charming and happy and he had an exceptional smile. He will be greatly missed.
Jim & June Gowan
May 10, 2020
Sending our deepest sympathy to the family at this sad time.
karen siegrist
May 10, 2020
To Helen and Family my thoughts are with you. Karen
Clive & Mary Card
May 9, 2020
Dear Helen, Nancy and Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences regarding your loss. Our wish is that your many wonderful memories of him give you strength at this difficult time, and in the weeks and months ahead.

The last time we saw Chuck was at the hospital in Owen Sound a couple of years ago. We could see this 1950’s brush-cut in the distance and knew exactly who it was. He still hadn’t seen us when I said, “Hey, I recognize that haircut.” We laughed together, and he went on to explain how old age had “crapped-up” on him. Bless his heart. Another of his expressions I have used (countless times) is the famous — “Let’s run it up the flag pole and see who salutes.”

Chuck was an icon for so many of us in education. He was a straight-shooter who also brandished a wonderful sense of humour. We were blessed to have had him in our careers and in our courts. It was an honour to have worked with him.

With sympathy,

Clive & Mary Card
Pat Enright
May 9, 2020
Dear Helen, David, Randi, Nancy and Michael. I was saddened to hear about Chuck’s sudden passing when Lindsay called to tell me. I fondly remember getting together, what was a long time ago, At your Chesley home. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time
Ronny Knopf and Family
May 9, 2020
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending hugs from all of the kids and I.
Karen Young
May 9, 2020
Sorry to hear of your family loss. Our sincere condolences Shaun, Nancy and family.
Karen and Ed Young
Susan McConnell
May 9, 2020
To Helen (Mom B), David, Randi, Nancy and Michael, & Families: From the time we moved to Chesley, the Beamers were like family. My heart is deeply saddened with the loss of "Chuck". I have wonderful memories that will never be forgotten, especially the locking of the belly button!
My thoughts are with you all! Sending love from Nova Scotia.
Doug & Marion Brown
May 9, 2020
We have good memories of Chuck Beamer over the many years we've known him, both socially and through our involvements with St. John's United Church. At more than a few dinner parties, Chuck would be quiet most of the time, but then would break into the conversation with a witty remark or a limerick (appropriate or otherwise). We always enjoyed sharing our Northern Ontario experiences - Chuck, reminiscing about his teaching years in Sudbury; Helen, with her Cochrane connections; and the two of us, growing up in Iroquois Falls. Chuck was fine, honorable man and a good friend. He will be missed.
Sheila Cox
May 9, 2020
For sixty five years with Chuck we: laughed,cried,argued,drank,sang,hugged,grew old and made memories. We loved Chuck. Sheila,Leith & Don Cox.
Karen (reaburn)Tenbergen
May 9, 2020
So sorry to Helen and all your family on the passing of a friend husband father grandfather and great grandfather.
We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Our love and sympathy goes out to you and your lovely family.
Sincerely Karen and Dick
Casey Morrow-Harding and Family
May 9, 2020
Helen, Nanc, Randi, David, Michael and Families,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Hugs to you all.
Casey, John, Julia and Lily
Nancy Humphrey
May 9, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the family from Cousins Nancy and Phil Humphrey.
Ron & Colleen Langley
May 9, 2020
Michael, Tracy and family,

Our heartfelt condolences to you and your families. Difficult times at best.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Shirley and John Reaburn
May 9, 2020
There are no words to explain the neighbours we had in Chuck and Helen
Chuck was a great friend and was there when we needed him.
We will miss him as will his children and extended families.
Chuck will remain forever in our heart.
Robin Woodyard
May 9, 2020
My children and I remember so fondly of the Sunday potluck dinners followed by snowshoeing or cross country skiing behind your place in Tower Park. What wonderful, fun filled times they were. I will miss him very much.
Annette Dawm
May 8, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, Molly, Toni, Lacey and Randi. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Carol Golem
May 8, 2020
Please accept my condolences at this sad time!
Kelvin & Wendy Bentley
May 8, 2020
Dear Helen, David, Randi, Nancy, Michael & families. So sorry for your loss. The Beamer's have always been dear family friends, our hearts & thoughts are with you at this time. Sending lots of love from New Zealand.

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