James Comstock Beaman
JAMES COMSTOCK BEAMAN Age 86, of Honolulu, a retired lawyer, passed away on September 17 in Honolulu. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; his children, Andrew (Mineko) Beaman, Lucretia (Philip) Nelson, and Priscilla Beaman; his step- sons, Paul Vietzke III and Jeffrey Vietzke; and his grandchildren, Wyatt Nelson, Caleb Nelson, Jonah Nelson, Rowan Lull and Catherine Lull. Jim Beaman was born on June 7, 1929 in Jackson, Michigan, the second child of Berry and Lucretia Beaman. After graduating from Jackson High School in June, 1947, he attended Miami University of Ohio, where he served as social chairman of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduating from Miami University, he attended Officer Candidate School in Newport and joined the Navy. He served as a gunnery officer aboard the heavy cruiser USS Bremerton during the Korean conflict. From 1955 until 1957 he attended the University of Michigan law school in Ann Arbor, serving as social chairman of the Phi Delta Phi fraternity, then passed the Michigan bar exam. He practiced as a trial lawyer for thirty years in his home town before moving to Honolulu and practicing there until his retirement. All his life, Jim loved jazz and classical music, literature and the arts. He took thousands of photographs of people, landscapes and flowers. As a young man, he played drums with different jazz ensembles, and he later served for many years as chairman of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. After coming to Honolulu in the 1980s, he continued to attend the symphony, and he visited local churches to hear hymns and talk to people. Jim made friends often and easily. He was engaging and generous. He loved gardening and swimming and snorkeled at Hanauma Bay, even into his eighties. And he passed his love for life, his love of the law, and of music, literature, the arts and nature on to those he knew and loved. Memorial Services will be held in Honolulu in the committal court of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater on Wednesday, December 30 at 9:30 a.m., and in Jackson, Michigan at St. Paul's church on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.
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