Frederick W. Beauchamp, Jr., a resident of Adelphi, Maryland, passed away Monday November 19, 2018 at the Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland. He was 92. Frederick was born June 8, 1926 in Berlin, Maryland and was the son of the late Frederick W. Beauchamp, Sr. and Lillian Carroll Beauchamp.
Fred served on a destroyer escort, DE-393, in the U.S. Navy from June 17, 1944-May 18, 1946.
After the war, Fred attended three art schools: Abbott Art School, Columbia Technical School and National Art School.
In March of 1949, Fred married Dolores Edna Schaad Bowers and began to raise her two young sons, Hugh Jeffrey Bowers and Christopher Claybourne Bowers. They lived in Washington, D.C. and then moved out to the suburbs of Maryland eventually settling in their new home in Buck Lodge in 1957 at 2710 Hughes Road, Adelphi, Maryland where Fred lived with his daughter, Mary Anne, and her boyfriend, Mike Templeton, until his death.
Fred began his career by working as an accountant in the Payroll Department of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He held office in the WRAMC Credit Union. He retired from government service in 1991. He worked part-time in the Shoe Department of Sears, Roebuck & Company in White Oak, Maryland and retired in 1991.
Fred was very active in his neighborhood holding the offices of President, Vice President and Block Leader in the Buck Lodge Citizens’ Association. He was able to get playground and exercise equipment for the neighborhood park across from Buck Lodge Middle School.
He was also involved at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland serving as an usher. Up until two years ago, Fred attended church with his daughter on a weekly basis.
Fred had many hobbies. He enjoyed working on his cars, going to car shows, playing pool, dancing, playing with and walking his dog, going to concerts, listening to Big Band, Dixieland and Swing music from the 1940s, eating out, shopping at dollar stores, thrift shops and flea markets, going to outdoor festivals, going to the College Park Moose Lodge, attending events at American Legion Post 60 in Laurel, feeding and watching the birds, going to nightclubs with his daughter and her friends, hanging out with his friends, watching Blue Bloods, The Rockford Files, Unsolved Mysteries and old movies, watching the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots football games and just sitting on his front porch bench and backyard glider.
Up until a week before his death, Fred had fought dementia and Parkinson’s Disease valiantly. He knew and loved his family and said his prayers every night thanking God for his wonderful life. He was glad he was able to still be living in his own home rather than a nursing home.
Fred is survived by his three loving children, Jeff Bowers of Valrico, Florida and his wife Linda, Chris Bowers of Richmond, Virginia and Mary Anne Beauchamp of Adelphi, Maryland, seven adorable grandchildren: Suzanne, Steven, Sean, Stephanie and Sarah Bowers (Jeff’s children), Andrew Bowers (Chris’ son) and Amy Bowers Snyder (Jeff’s daughter) and seven great-grandchildren: Rafik Brooks, Jr., Nadia Raine Brooks and Mila Skye Brooks (Stephanie and Rafik Brooks’ children), Allie Marie and Samantha Brynn Bowers (Andrew and Ginny Bowers’ children) and Charley Jane and Jackson Paul Snyder (Amy Bowers and Scott Snyder’s children).
Frederick was preceded in death in July 2001 by his beloved wife of 52 years, Dolores, his brother Carroll G. Beauchamp and his mother Lillian Carroll Beauchamp Barclift.
A graveside service will take place on November 27, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906.