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James Francis Beisler
Service: To Be Announced
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James Francis (Jim) Beisler, age 80, of Berlin, MD, passed away November 2, 2018, of complications from ALS. Jim is survived by Pat, his beloved wife of 57 years, his five children and their spouses; Joanna Swift (Larry), Chris Beisler, Karen Kirbis, Jeff Beisler, and Sue Quense (Tim), and grandchildren Zachary, Jackson, Christian, Benji, Mary, Cassidy and Savannah Beisler, Julia and Jenna Bulmahn, Ethan Kirbis, Lexi Passarelli, Erin and Lauren Quense, and Nicholas, Grayson and Sidra Swift. He also leaves behind four brothers and their families; Paul, Tom, Fran, and Gerry Beisler (Nancy) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Virginia Beisler, brother Ben, and grandson Henry.

Jim grew up in McKeesport, PA. He and Pat met through their parents, who were longtime friends. He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Carnegie Tech and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked in the steel industry his entire career, starting in basic research and moving into Operations leadership at a number of different companies. His career took him all over the northeast United States from the Pittsburgh area to Warren OH, Marion MA, Baltimore, MD, Fredonia, NY and finally to Cairo, Egypt. After retirement, he and Pat settled in Ocean Pines, in Berlin, MD, and pursued their shared passion for golf, making many close friends during the 18 years they resided there. Although he was no fan of the ocean, he greatly enjoyed family beach/golf vacations with the kids and grandkids, and golf trips with the Ocean Pines Golf Association. Jim was active in the communities he and Pat lived in, and he made many great contributions and good friends through his involvement in community and religious organizations.  

Jim could be found most evenings enjoying a cigar and a cocktail on his back porch or at the Tern Grille.   He was a voracious reader, enjoying mystery/detective and espionage novels, and he loved crossword puzzles, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pat’s excellent cooking. He managed the King of No Trump (Bridge reference, not politics) football pool for 14 years, which provided much enjoyment and friendly competition for family and friends. 

His passing leaves a void in the lives of those who love him, but we have happy memories of the good times, of which there were many.  A private memorial service is planned.  Date and location TBA. The family would especially like to thank caregiver Alex Adjei of Lifematters care givers, whose help and compassion greatly supported the family and enabled Jim to remain at home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the ALS Association http://www.alsa.org/ or Holy Cross Hospice http://www.holycrosshealth.org/hospice, both of which were instrumental in helping Jim and his family handle the challenges that ALS brought. 


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