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Barry Steven Beam

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 30, 2015 @ 3:07 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments

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Barry Steven Beam, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, sibling, cousin, brother in blue, and friend, passed into the arms of Our Lord on November 27, 2015, still smiling after a courageous five month battle with cancer. Barry was surrounded by family and friends both in presence and spirit. In life and in preparation for eternal life, Barry witnessed to all of us the tremendous power of faith, service to others, and hope for a better tomorrow through his relationship with God and all of His Children.

Born on February 23, 1950 to J. LaMar Beam and the late Doris Moser Miller in Lancaster, PA, Barry was a graduate of Penn Manor High School and Elizabethtown College. He went on to receive numerous honors throughout his professional career in public service to his country and community.  Barry served four years in the United States Air Force as a military police officer, stationed in the Aleutian Islands, AK and in the presidential honor guard in Washington D.C. where he was given the honor of conducting the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Barry served 23 years as a Prince Georges County police officer, in patrol and as a well-respected, beloved and long-standing academy instructor; mentoring thousands of recruits. He later served as the department’s Press Information Officer before becoming Special Asst. to Chief of Police John Farrell. In the wake of 9/11, Barry was appointed as deputy Chief of the US Park Police from 2002-2004 where he held responsibility for protecting our icons outside of Washington, DC, such as the Statue Liberty, Ellis Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Grand Canyon.  He was then employed as Director of Administration for EM Solutions until his retirement in 2015.

Barry found joy in life through avidly supporting the Washington Capitals and various college football programs, being a responsible and loving owner of his beloved dogs and birds, and above all, traveling and spending precious moments with family and friends. In his last days of life, Barry and Joyce joined together as members at Longneck United Methodist Church.

His love and support will be missed by many family members and lifelong friends. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dr. Joyce Kerr Beam of Millsboro, DE., a daughter, Kristen Joy Witt, married to Bryan Witt of Newport News, VA and his newest love, granddaughter Abigail Joy Witt age 2. In addition, he is survived by brothers Scott Miller of Perth, Australia; Lee Barshinger of Manhiem, PA; Thomas Miller of Houston, TX; and sisters Carol Lebo of Schaefferstown, PA and Roseanne Metcalfe of Houston, TX.

A Funeral Service will be held at Riverdale Baptist Church, Upper Marlboro, MD on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

A final Funeral Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, corner of Duke and Walnut Streets, Lancaster, PA on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Joseph F. DiPaolo, Rev. Dr. Kent E. Kroehler, and Rev. Bruce A. Rogers officiating.   The family will greet friends immediately following the service.

Interment will be in Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster, PA on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family respectfully requests that you generously consider contributions to these dear and meaningful organizations; one that saved Barry’s life many times and one that supports officers’ families as they struggle with line-of-duty deaths:

Tunnell Cancer Center,( in memory of Barry Beam and in honor of Dr. James Spellman),Beebe Medical Foundation,902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958  -or-   FOP Lodge 89 (in memory of Barry Beam),Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, PO Box 510, Lothian, MD 20710.

Services are being coordinated by Melson’s Funeral Services in Longneck, DE and DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster, PA.

Condolences for the family of “Barry Steven Beam”

Condolence from Sandra (Morrison) Groff on December 3rd, 2015 10:52 am

Dear Joyce and family,
My heartfelt sympathy is extended to you and all your family in the loss of your husband. We heard about Barry’s passing through an email sent from Penn Manor’s class reunion chairperson. Barry was a dear and beloved friend going all the way back to 1st grade at Martic Township Elementary School. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers, and be assured that our loss is Heaven’s gain as Barry is now whole and resting in the arms of our Savior, Jesus.
Tom & Sandra (Morrison) Groff

Condolence from Lori A. Buch on December 5th, 2015 10:10 pm

I just wanted to express my sincere condolences to Barry”s entire family and especially to his brother
Scott Miller who became a friend when we were growing up. My connection to Barry”s mother Dorris
being a close friend of my mother(Anna May Buch) in high school and then later as Barry”s maternal
grandparents Fred & Willie Moser were our next door neighbors on Mary Street in Lancaster. My Mom and Doris kept in touch would get together when the family came to visit as well as for many years of
high school reunions. I did not know Barry very well because I was a kid when he was just about an
grown but I do remember as Scott older brother coming with him for a visit.I also remember Barry
always on the move like his mother with a purpose

Condolence from Diane Snyder DeBord on December 5th, 2015 10:25 pm

Dear Joyce,
Although I did not know Barry well, your entire family is so special to my family, I feel your grief. I know the past several months have been so difficult for you all. We all are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Diane Snyder DeBord

Condolence from Anna Todmann on March 10th, 2016 3:52 pm

I don’t know that you’ll remember be but I was your neighbor on the opposite corner in Clinton MD (in front of the mailbox). You and Barry were probably the most pleasant people in the neighborhood. My daughter, Tyler, who was only 4 years old when we moved into the neighborhood, idolized “Mr. Barry” and was always so happy to see him when she returned home after college. It was a noticeable difference when you moved away. We’d see Mr. Barry when he was here and it was always such a joy to see and speak with him. He always made us laugh and my fiancé always looked forward to each opportunity to talk and laugh with him when Mr. Barry was checking the mail. I am just learning of Mr. Barry’s transition but give my heartfelt condolences. I can only imagine that as much as you miss him and feel such a loss, you can always have a smile or laughter with your thoughts of him. I thank God that you have that Blessing. I pray that you and your family are well and learning how to live with him in spirit. I pray especially that your journey through this transition will be with the necessary Blessings in abundance to ease the way. I have such

Well Joyce, God is good and as I say my prayers tonight, I will thank God…and Mr. Barry!! It was great to see and speak with you. I take things like this as a sign and as I am back and typing again, I guess that was Mr. Barry’s way of sending you a message that he’s watching over you. 🙂 And whether that be the case or not, I’m so grateful that it feels that way. I wish you the very best!

My warmest regards,

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