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William F. Beemer of Orlando passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2019. Bill, the son of Benjamin and Ruth Beemer, was born in Pennsylvania in 1930 and grew up in Clark Summit, PA. He received his BA degree in political science from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA and his MA from Clark University where he met his future wife, Connie Thayer. He became a contract negotiator in Washington DC in the government management program.
Bill enjoyed learning and continued his education taking law classes in the evening after work. He graduated from George Washington University Law School ( first in his class) with a Juris Doctorate degree and earned his Master of Law degree at Georgetown University Law School. He enlisted and actively served in the Office of Naval Intelligence in DC retiring as a Captain in the Naval Reserve.
Bill practiced at all courts in VA and DC while employed at a DC labor law firm. In 1964, Bill moved his family to Orlando when he became assistant counsel for the Martin Marietta Corporation. He eventually entered private practice and ultimately specialized in all major areas of bankruptcy law. His advice was often sought on trustee and bankruptcy law by other attorneys. He was a man of integrity, honesty and fierceness for the rights of others and had a quick wit and sense of humor.
Bill and Connie were married in 1955 and raised four sons, Bryan, Rick, Brad (Sue) and Brett (Anissa). Family vacations were often camping trips, which created many fond memories for his sons. Bill and Connie enjoyed traveling throughout the country and also overseas adventures. Bill was an ardent sports fan, loved the political arena and cultivated over a hundred bushes of fragrant roses which he enjoyed giving away. Requests for his specially made Christmas fruit cake increased to 120 pounds a year. He was also a lifelong fan of Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a charter member of the Citrus Club and season subscriber from the inception of the Orlando Magic and the Orlando Broadway Theater series.
Bill is survived by his wife, sons, and six beloved grandchildren: Benjamin, Blake, Alexandrea, Theodora, Gabriella and Alfred. Bill’s brother, Morgan Beemer and his wife Ginny predeceased him and he is survived by two sister-in-laws, seven nieces, two nephews and their children.
Bill was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the church, Orlando Lutheran Towers Foundation or the Orange County Legal Aid Society. A memorial service will be held at Orlando Lutheran Towers Chapel on Saturday, August 24 at 11 AM.