James S. (Jim) Beadle, Ph.D.
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James S. (Jim) Beadle, Ph.D. passed from this earth on August 13, 2013 at the age of 87. Jim was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Pat; their 5 children James P. Beadle (Elise Vaughn), Beth Scanlan (Dan), Kate Ray (Frank), Peggy Beleckas (Paul) and Chris Comeau (Chris); 7 grandchildren, James Scanlan, Frank Ray, Casey Beleckas, Amy Beleckas, Kaila Comeau, Aidan Comeau and Lexi Comeau; 3 nephews, Bob Currier (Laurie), Tom Currier and David (Rochelle) Currier, and a niece, Vivian (Horst) Rogalsky.
Jim is the son of former Michigan state senator Frank D. and Isobel (Menerey) Beadle of St. Clair, Michigan. His sister, Kay Currier, predeceased him. Jim graduated from St. Clair High School in 1944. After graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served in Europe during World War II, after which he was stationed in Virginia until his discharge in 1946.
Jim went to college on the GI bill and graduated from Western Michigan in 1950. He later obtained his masters from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Michigan State. He taught math and science at Berkley and Oak Park High Schools outside of Detroit after graduation from Western Michigan. He served as an assistant football coach, JV basketball coach and golf coach, as well as a driver's education instructor, in addition to teaching classes. It was during this time he met Pat. Jim and Pat were married in Detroit in 1954 and ultimately settled in Royal Oak, Michigan where they lived until he took a job at the University of Notre Dame in 1965. After 3 years in South Bend, Jim moved the family to Cocoa, Florida to teach at the new Brevard campus for Florida Technological University (now the University of Central Florida). Jim taught at FTU/UCF from 1968 until his retirement in 1997. Jim was also active with his church and diocese. He served as a Eucharistic minister, lector, and member of the parish council and served on the diocesan council.
After his family, Jim's passions were golf and teaching. It was his teaching that left a lasting impression on many in the teaching profession in Brevard County. Many of Jim's former students took teaching jobs here, and would go out of their way when they met his children to let them know the impact Jim had not just in their becoming teachers, but also how Jim changed their lives.
Visitation hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on August 18, 2013 at Brevard Memorial Funeral Home, 5475 N. US Hwy 1, Sharpes, Florida. A funeral mass will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 1940 N. Courtney Parkway, Merritt Island, FL, on August 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., with additional visitation at the Church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Brevard Memorial Park Cemetery in Sharpes, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to National Parkinsons Foundation, Inc., 1501 NW 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136.
Published in The Times Herald on Aug. 18, 2013