John Beatty
1939 - 2020
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Beatty, John
Oct 30, 1939 - Jul 18, 2020
A fine man has left us. He savored life, shared love and inspired many. John was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Bertha Beatty, sister Linda Treviso, sister-in-law Linda Rose Beatty, sister-in-law Debbie Beatty, aunts Helen Beatty and Maribel Freeman, father and mother-in-law Roy and Hilda Baker, brother-in-law Richard Roy Baker and nephew Michael Scott Baker.
John is survived by his husband of 52 years, Robert Baker, and their large family of friends. After a 37-year engagement John and Bob were married in Vancouver, BC, September 2005.
John is survived by brother Edward Beatty (Marlene Becker), sister Merritt Schultz (Dennis) and brother Richard Beatty. Nieces and nephews: Leanne Perry, Brian Perry, Tim Perry, Ed Beatty, Jill Beatty Stone, Jim Beatty, Leslie Schultz, Kerri Schultz Mink, Jeff Beatty, Eric Beatty, Sherry Baker Nagy and Douglas Richard Baker.
John grew up in Chciago where he attended Spencer Elementary School and Austin High School. He attended Northern Illinois University and graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His career was in banking and included 40 years with The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. His final position was Vice President and manager of the Private Wealth and Resources division. John served in the United States Air Force Reserves with the 928th Troop Carrier Group, Chicago. They flew C-119 and C-130 aircraft. They were activated during the Cuban missile crisis.
Through the years John was a friend, role model and mentor to many. His favorite poem was "The Bridge Builder" by Will Allen Drumgoole. It summarized his philosophy towards helping others and he would recite it in his rich, distinctive voice. He loved giving odd, yet useful, gifts. Pasta devices, portable battery chargers and other unusual items would arrive in the mail and then find their way to friends and family. John's idea of a good time would be intimate dinners with friends, rousing card games, morning coffee with a few. John and Bob traveled, skied, and soaked up life as they savored their time together. Their first home was an 1883 one-room schoolhouse in Warrenville, IL followed by years in Wheaton, IL, St Charles, IL and Sarasota, FL. Each home gave him the opportunity to work and learn with contractors and artisans.
John was a fine man with a heart of gold, bright intellect and quick wit. We are better for having him in our lives. He will be missed.
After these 10 years in Sarasota, FL, John will join the Beatty family burials in Union Cemetery, St Charles, IL at a future date.
I'm over here and you are over there, but in my heart we are together. Auf Wiedersehen, old friend.

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Published in Herald Tribune from Jul. 23 to Jul. 26, 2020.
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July 29, 2020
John hired me at Northern Trust in Chicago way back in 1971. My first career position as a newly minted college graduate, and because of John's excellence in management, one of the best jobs I ever had. John headed up the New Accounts dept and I was one of his staff members. His vision expanded the service into a complete Personal Banking program, holding us to high standards of personalized service that taught all of us so much about people, financial products and, most importantly, business integrity.
But it wasn't all work and no play. John had a sense of humor that diffused many a tense situation, a warm smile and a ready laugh. He could provide a pause in the day's craziness that would be a chance to reset, recharge, and sally forth into the next customer encounter.
He was a superior who always had the backs of his staff and our best interests at heart. I always told him he would be the best boss I would ever have. Looking back now, I can truly say I was right. He was. And he will always be fondly remembered. What a beautiful life, to be able to leave such impressions and memories as he did. Thank you, John!
Peg Krueger
July 26, 2020
John and Bob came into our lives in the mid-nineties when they moved to St Charles IL and have been dear friends ever since. We have shared many wonderful memories with them in our travels, card games, and dinner parties. John was a pillar to all us Chicago transplants here in Sarasota, one that we would look up to for advice and strength. John, you will truly be missed and never forgotten.
David and Jerry
July 23, 2020
What a beautiful summary of his life. But I remember all his special talents at making things. When we saw your home in St. Charles, we marveled at all the things he had done himself. One of our special memories was visiting with Wendy and family. You had a large tomato bush in a big pot and Henry was eating the tomatoes with such relish that you named it Henry's tree. John always had a smile on his face and he was so good to our Grandma Elsie, his mom, my mom and all the family. But he will always be Jerry to me!
Nancy & Alan Salem
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