Charles I. "Bud" Beatty, 56, businessman, swimmer

August 18, 2002

Charles I. "Bud" Beatty, a sales manager for Mid-Atlantic Fasteners and a lifelong swimmer, died of cancer Thursday at his Hampstead home. He was 56.

Since 1985, Mr. Beatty had been sales manager for Mid-Atlantic Fasteners, manufacturers of construction tools. Earlier, he had worked for many years as vice president of general services for Mercantile Bank & Trust.

With his wife, Mr. Beatty owned Boulevard Bean and Bagel, a business they had established in 1996 in the Westminster Shopping Center and closed in 2000. In 1999, they opened College Cafe in the College Square Shopping Center, also in Westminster, which they closed this year.

Born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, Mr. Beatty was a 1963 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland in 1968. He served in the Maryland National Guard from 1968 to 1975.

A lifelong swimmer, Mr. Beatty was a champion varsity swimmer at the University of Maryland, College Park and qualified for the Olympic trials in the backstroke.

He was instrumental in establishing the Carroll County YMCA swim team and served as its first coach. He also participated in several cross-Chesapeake Bay swims, including one in which he swam with his son.

In 1975, he helped found the Montessori School of Westminster and had been a board member of the Carroll County YMCA.

He was a communicant at St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, where he was a lector and confirmation instructor.

"He accomplished an incredible amount in his life. He was so well-loved and a very courageous man. He battled his cancer so bravely," said the Rev. Michael J. Roach, pastor of St. Bartholomew's.

"He was a remarkable man who valued his family and his friends. I've seldom seen a man of his caliber," he said.

Mr. Beatty also was a communicant at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Joy Brooks; a son, Tim Beatty of Westminster; a daughter, Becky Hoffman of Hunt Valley; a sister, Beverly Martin of Bel Air; and a grandson.

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