Charles Taylor Beam, 80, of Naples, Fla., died peacefully on Feb. 13, 2021.
Charles was born in Machias on Aug. 21, 1940, and grew up as a young boy Downeast on the shores of the Little River in Cutler. He graduated from Bar Harbor High School and attended the University of Maine, studying civil engineering. Charles’ greatest passion from a very young age was aviation, where, after leaving UMO, he served in the Air National Guard in the 1960s, reaching the rank of second lieutenant. He went on to a career with United Airlines for more than 30 years. At United, Charles flew 767 jumbo jets in the left seat on long routes around the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Over his career, he traveled the world and settled for a time in Texas, Washington, Connecticut, California, Hawaii, Virginia and Florida, but home was always Downeast in Cutler. Charles’ other passion was tromping through the woods with bird dogs, leading sportsmen on hunts for timberdoodles and partridge with his father, Buzz, who was a Maine guide. Afterward he settled in with family and friends for a lively happy hour and some famous lobster stew. In later years, he enjoyed quail hunts in Florida with his two sons and grandsons. Charlie was happiest when he was flying his Beechcraft Baron in and out of his personal airfield in Cutler, surveying his blueberry fields and the breathtaking coast of Maine from the skies, or flying down to his Naples, Fla., residence. He enjoyed living in the airpark in Naples, chewing the fat with neighboring pilots in the hangar and listening to the planes come and go, knowing each one and its pilot just by the sound of the prop.
Charles is survived by his sons, Phillip of Clearwater, Fla., and James (Sara) and grandsons Kenneth (19) and Carter (16) of Saluda, Va.; and his sisters Linda Clapp of Boothbay, Beatrice Kelleter of Gouldsboro and Susan Close of Windham. Charles was predeceased by his parents, Molly and Albert “Buzz” Beam, of Cutler. Memorial donations in Charles’ name can be made to the Maine Seacoast Mission (https://www.seacoastmission.org/donate/) or the Maine Coast Heritage Trust (https://give.mcht.org/).