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Walter Edward Beatteay

d. January 4, 2008

Captain Walter Edward Beatteay of Concord, died peacefully at home on January 4, 2008.�He was the husband of Marjorie (Osborne) Beatteay for 69 years.

Born in Cambridge in 1917, he was the son of Walter James Beatteay and Mabel (Williams), and the stepson of Ella (Thurston) Beatteay.�He was the father of Judith Beatteay-Wilfert (husband John) of Boxborough, and the late David Walter Beatteay (wife Maureen Donovan Beatteay) of Prescott Valley, AZ.�Brother of Harriet Mabel Kennedy (husband Edmond) of Reading and Ruth E. Beatteay-Vance of Clearwater, FL.�Also survived by grandchildren Kristofer and Jessica Wilfert, Robin Beatteay Johnston, and William, James, and Susan Beatteay, six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Lexington High School, where he captained the soccer team and was a track star. He had an early "call to the sea" at age 13 when he first shipped out with Capt. Coffin, a dory fisherman from Boston.�After his summer school vacation sea adventures, he attended and graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he trained on the square rig USS Nantucket. He held a Master's License that qualified him to sail any size vessel afloat.�He was a Commander during WW II in the Atlantic and served in the Pacific on the Hospital Ship Hope.�Severally wounded in the South Pacific, he required two years of Naval hospital rehabilitation.

Upon his recovery, he purchased the 187 foot fishing trawler, Pan Trades Andros, fishing the North Atlantic out of Gloucester.�He hauled 300,000 pounds of fish per trip.�He traveled the world as a Merchant Marine Officer with the Isthmian and Mystic Steamship Lines.�Before retiring he was Captain of the Oceanographic Ship Albatross IV for 17 years.�The Albatross IV, a Northwest Atlantic research ship, was birthed at Woods Hole.

He was Massachusetts Chairman of the U.S. Frigate Constellation Restoration Committee (birthed in Baltimore).

He served at the Chairman's Advisor to the U.S. Congressional Advisory Board representing the coalition for Peace Through Strength to the bipartisan National Security Caucus.

For over 50 years he was a member of Master Mates and Pilots; Disabled American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars; The American Legion; the Masonic Order, and the�Shriners.

Above all, he loved his family, recent travels to Alaska, the historic home he restored, and happily laboring in his magnificent garden which he shared with all.�He enjoyed visitors, entertaining them with his great sea adventures, good food, and humor.�Always generous, he welcomed visitors with a hearty, "Welcome aboard.�Come aboard and have a haddock."

The family thanks Rev. Dr. Margaret Crockett, Rev. John Lombard, Susan Kluge, and all the support from the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord.

Concord's Town Flag will fly at half-staff in honor of Mr. Beatteay's service to his country in the United States Navy during World War II.


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