Howard "Nick" "Big Red" Beeman

October 1, 1937October 14, 2019

Howard Leslie “Nick” Beeman, 82, of Fair Oaks, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019. He was born October 1, 1937 in Nikep, MD, son of the late Nicol and Edith Mabel (Dunlap) Beeman. He was raised in Frostburg, MD, before moving to Ambridge, PA to work in the steel mill. He was a retired electrician from the Aliquippa Works of LTV Steel (formerly Jones and Laughlin) with 39 years of service. Family affectionately called him “Nick” after his father; while coworkers knew him as “Big Red”. He enjoyed sports, lettering in basketball, baseball and soccer at Beall High, Frostburg, MD. He was an active golfer at Blackhawk and the J & L Bowling League at Sheffield Lanes. Even as years advanced, health challenges came his way, he always kept a smile and lived a passionate, never-give-up life. He was a man of faith and a humble overcomer regardless of life’s circumstances. He was a member of Valley Christian Fellowship (formerly Assembly of God) since 1969. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years: Martha (McKenzie) Beeman in February 2013. Howard is survived by a son and three daughters: Brian (Lorrie) Beeman, Boardman, OH; Susan (David) Barness, Fair Oaks; Kimberly (Chris) Davids, Economy; Pamela (Bob) Shannon, Fair Oaks; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; two sisters: Marion Shriver (the late James Shriver), Baltimore, MD; and Linda (Tony) Rakowski, Streets, MD, as well as extended family and friends. Friends will be received on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the SAUL-GABAUER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 273 Route 68, Rochester (adjacent to Sylvania Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum) where his funeral service will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Patti Elliott, officiating. Private interment will follow in the Sunset Garden of Sylvania Hills Memorial Park. On line condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service and Celebration of Life Saturday, October 19, 2019


Howard "Nick" "Big Red" Beeman

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Linda Moore

October 18, 2019

Pam and Family,
So sorry for your loss...
We had the pleasure of meeting your Dad at Your and Bob’s Wedding...
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Aunt Linda and Uncle Tom

Debbie Watson

October 17, 2019

Pam was told of your dads passing. Sending you and your family my sincere condolences. Your dad sounded like a wonderful person. Hugs to you and Bobby

Judy Johnson

October 17, 2019

Such a joy to take of during his stay at BRWC. This is why I enjoy my job so much because you meet such wonderful people. He will always be my big gentle bear. To all of the family I am sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to all

James Johnson

October 16, 2019

Thank you Red for all the great golf we played together. May you rest in piece. Thank you for being a friend. Jim J

Jim Bruno

October 16, 2019

I had the privilege of working with Big Red for a while at the Tin Mill. He was a gentleman and all around great guy. I will remember him in my prayers.

Judy Bendowski

October 15, 2019

We moved on to Neely st. In 1978 .The Beemans were living there already. I remember Howard by his feet , being they were always hanging out from under his car... He was a " Gentle Giant " .. With always the time to chat. In his later years , hanging out with his " Fair Oaks " gang. Sitting on a bench watching the car & people travel through. I loved him for his kind spirit & ready smile...