In Memoriam

William M. Beadie

1940 - 2022

Beadie, William M. passed away peacefully at age 82 on August 21st, 2022. He graduated from St. Paul Academy (1958), Williams College (1962), and University of Minnesota Law School (1965). After completing his law degree, he served as law clerk for Walter F. Rogosheske, on the Minnesota State Supreme Court and then joined Moore, Costello, and Hart in 1966 where he continued to practice law for 42 years. His thoughtful approach to the law and willingness to give back to the profession earned him admission to the American College of Construction Lawyers. Even after retiring from his firm, Bill stayed active in the legal profession as an arbitrator and mediator throughout his life. Bill was a living example of the principles he valued. The importance he placed on education motivated him to become an avid reader, participate on the St. Paul Academy board of trustees, support Williams College, and serve as an adjunct professor teaching legal writing at William Mitchell Law School. Athletics were equally woven into his life. He loved hockey, which he played in high school, college, and adult leagues until he was 78. Even afterwards, he continued to skate regularly each winter. Bill created an ice rink in the back yard each winter when his boys were little to teach them how to skate and went on to coach all three of his sons’ hockey teams, proving that he could have great patience when necessary. He was a skilled and long-time golfer, occasionally demonstrating that everyone’s patience has a limit. Aside from his professional and personal accomplishments, Bill was known for the deep, enduring relationships he formed with people, most of all, his wife Carol, whom he married in 1965. Bill and Carol traveled frequently, and often in the company of other friends and family. He believed in the value of a hand-written, thoughtful note, a curious mindset, and regular conversation. Preceded in death by his parents, William McGregor Beadie and Helen Steele Beadie and brother, David Beadie. Survived by his wife, Carol, his sons Guy (Lisa), Ryan (Molly), Bill (Jaymie), grandchildren (Carmen, Sabrina, Charlotte, and Ben), and sister-in-law (Karen). He will be greatly missed. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at Town & Country Club at 300 N. Mississippi River Blvd. in St. Paul on Friday, September 2nd at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul Academy or Williams College are welcomed.

Published in the StarTribune on August 28, 2022.

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