Charles J. Beams Jr.
Charles J. Beams Jr.
Charles J. “Chuckie” Beams Jr., a lifelong resident of Monroe, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill. He was 67.
The son of Charles J. Beams Sr. and Isabelle T. Charleston Beams, he was born in Cornwall on April 3, 1950.
Chuckie was a retired head custodian for the Monroe-Woodbury School District in Central Valley.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during Vietnam and was a member and past vice-commander of American Legion Post #488 in Monroe, a member of VFW Post 8858 in Harriman, a member of VFW Post 8093 in DeBary, Fla., and was a former coach for Monroe-Woodbury Little League.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Olin Beams of Monroe; sons Chuck Omphalius and wife Kim of Hopewell Junction and Jason Beams and wife Stephanie of Warwick; daughter Lisa Beams-Maiorino of Monroe; seven grandchildren: Cristina, Amanda, Anthony, Liam, Jason, Max and Aberiel; sisters Joyce Vail Allman and husband Larry of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Gi Gi Wilson and husband Chip of Newburgh; brothers Gerald Lewis and wife Mary of Orange City, Fla., John Lewis and wife Kathy of Monroe, Ronald Lewis and wife Donna of Greenville, Theodore Beams and wife Maria of Blooming Grove, Francis Beams and wife Mary Ellen of Monroe, James Beams and wife Mary of Monroe, T.A. Beams of Vails Gate, and Ricky Beams and wife Debbie of Monroe; and his best friend, Mark Cassas.
He was predeceased by his brothers Harvey Lewis, Chester Beams and Paul Lewis, and his sisters Cindy Lewis, Monica Beams DeVore and Mary Beams Jones.
His family's statement reads: “After a long battle with many health issues, Chuck succumbed to them. He was a transplant recipient on Sept. 11, 1988. He was one of the longest living patients out of Pittsburgh, Pa., Hospital. He had so much strength and courage; never complained. It was just another hurdle to jump.
"To know him was to love him.
"He had a lifelong devotion to his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved sitting on his brother Frank and sister-in-law Mary Ellen’s porch reminiscing about their fond family memories. He also loved spending time at his sister Joy and brother-in-law Larry’s beautiful lake house in Tennessee and his home in Florida. He loved to travel.
"He always enjoyed going on work estimates or lunch with his best friend Mark Cassas. Everywhere he went, he made a lasting impression on someone and he met many friends along the way.
"He will be sadly missed by all. Our hearts are broken. The only solace we have is he is no longer in pain.”
Visitation was held Jan. 24 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home in Monroe.
An American Legion service also was held Tuesday at the funeral home.
A funeral service was held Jan. 25 at the Monroe United Methodist Church.
Interment will follow in the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Funeral arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home (845-782-8185; www.ssqfuneralhome.com).