Thomas Philip Tully Beatus

THOMAS PHILIP TULLY BEATUS Thomas Philip Tully Beatus (Tommy) passed away March 4, 2013 in his home surrounded by family. Tommy was born in Jersey City, NJ, January 19, 1953. He attended The Pennington School in NJ where he was a multi-sport star and then transferred to finish his primary education at Berwick Academy in Maine where he lettered in football. He then attended CW Post LIU where he had an opportunity to try out with the New York Giants. He then went on to model and act, during which time he landed appearances on All My Children and regular jobs with the Conover Agency. As a young man he spent his winters as a certified ski patrol member at Camelback and multiple resorts in VT and NH. He moved to South Florida in 1982 and quickly acquired his captain's license and pilot's license. He had a personality that drew people to him, thus he never met a stranger and was loved by all. The certifications and his personality allowed Tommy to incorporate his passions and dreams into his work life. He served as a seagoing captain for a dear friend, a shuttle captain for the oil industry, a boat broker, and a pilot. After moving to Stuart, FL years ago, Tommy established a marine vessel transport service. While in Stuart he married Diane Balboni, and together they owned and operated Florida Boat Haulers, transporting vessels throughout N. America. Tommy used his spare time and ageless athleticism to achieve success at a variety of pursuits including golf, auto racing, flying, and offshore racing. Whether Tommy was playing football or golf, racing, fishing, or flying, he was recognized as an expert in his field. He was a member of the NRA, AOPA, SCCA, 4 PAWS Racing, Bob & Tom Racing, and the BMW Club. He was also a tireless supporter of veteran's causes, the military, and other charities. He is survived by his wife Diane of Stuart, FL, daughters Carleigh Beatus of Palm City, FL; Cassandra Soutar of Homestead, FL; Kimberly Johnson of Charlotte, NC; and Brianna Hediger of Indian Trail, NC; and six grandchildren; mother Nanci B. Smith of Red Bank, NJ, sister Suzie Halper of Rumson, NJ, niece & nephew Alex & Andrew Halper also of Rumson, NJ. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Stuart. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Tommy's honor to www.operation Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm from Mar. 8 to Mar. 15, 2013