GREENFIELD - Charles W. Beeching, 81, of Greenfield, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, after a brief illness.
Born in Seattle, WA, to Charles Gill Beeching and Katherine Kelvey Beeching on April 3, 1931, Church spent his early years in Gross Pointe Mich. He graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, while his father operated a car dealership in Philadelphia. His principal suggested that Chuck might do well at Amherst College, and he became a member of the Class of 1952, where he majored in mathematics, was manager of the soccer team and a member of Beta Theta Pi.
After graduation, Chuck was hired into a Junior Management Program at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. in Washington, D.C.
He met his wife, Marie McIntosh, at the company and they married in Washington in 1965. Daughter Karen Elizabeth entered his life in 1970. In 1973, Chuck left the telephone company to join Foster Associates as an economic consultant.
While visiting daughter Karen at Amherst College in the early 1990s, Chuck and Marie decided to resettle in the Pioneer Valley and in 1992, Chuck accepted the position of Business Manager at the Bement School in Deerfield.
In the week between Karen's graduation and Chuck's 40th Reunion at Amherst College in 1992, the search for a new home began. They settled in Montague City in 1993, spending many happy years in a peaceful and secluded setting far removed from the hustle of Washington. They moved to Greenfield last month.
A devout Anglican and communicant at St. Paul's Parish in Washington, Chuck served for 25 years as treasurer for the parish, where he was also a vestryman and senior warden. In 1992, he was received into the Roman Catholic Communion at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown after a two-year participation in the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA). He was attending Holy Trinity Parish in Greenfield at the time of his death.
Retiring from Bement in 1997, Chuck chaired his 45th and co-chaired his 50th reunion at Amherst, became a Hospice volunteer, audited classes at Amherst (his favorite was geology, where he "flunked himself" and took it again a second time), and had time to indulge a lifelong passion for fishing. For 25 years, the family vacationed in Maine where for two weeks each year Chuck could pursue small mouth bass. He began fishing the Rideau Canal in Canada with his father at the age of five and ended his fishing career earlier this year at Big Lake in Princeton, Maine.
In addition to Hospice work, in retirement Chuck visited patients at the Farren Care Center each Wednesday and took monthly communion to shut-in members of Holy Trinity Parish. He was an active member of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) for many years, serving as secretary of the local chapter.
Chuck leaves behind his wife, Marie, of Greenfield; his much-loved daughter, Karen and husband Peter Giorgio, and two grandchildren, Andrew and Jessica, all of Belmont.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main St. Burial service will be private at a later date.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 87 Franklin St., Greenfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Chuck's name may be sent to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.