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Bruce Byron Beadell

December 7, 1940 — March 28, 2022


 Bruce Byron Beadell, 12/07/1940 - 3/28/2022


Aiken, SC--Strikingly handsome on the outside, dependable and kind-hearted on the inside, Bruce was dedicated to continuous improvement throughout his life. He was a life-long student, earning multiple advanced degrees, a prolific reader and lover of books, a student of history, a lover of nature and animals (mostly dogs, but also birds, cats, horses, even cows), a lover of all types of music, and a big fan of detective mysteries, especially the Inspector Morse series on PBS television.

Intellectually gifted and naturally curious about every new subject he encountered, he possessed the laser-sharp mind of an engineer/scientist. But his mother gave him the middle name of Byron (for Lord Byron the poet), and his heart and soul were so tender he would often cry while watching sad movies.

He was an excellent communicator, a charismatic speaker, with a velvety speaking voice, perfect enunciation of every syllable, and he used his many communication gifts and talents to teach and mentor those he met along the way. He was always patient, always willing to explain anything over and over again, always encouraging those who were struggling or who needed a little boost of confidence to fulfill their true potential. As his career advanced, he moved into Engineering Management positions, and his particular area of expertise was Process Improvement. He gained great satisfaction from helping others who needed a helping hand or an encouraging word. He always maintained a sunny, positive attitude, and although he encountered many obstacles in his own life, it was this sincere concern for others that helped uplift the spirit of all those he met. Everyone always knew they could count on Bruce to be dependable, reliable, hard-working, dedicated, focused on making improvements wherever possible, leaving this world a better place.

He told many funny stories and jokes, he loved corny puns, but he could always manage to seek out those whose hearts were hurting, and bring a smile to those who were feeling down-trodden and to lift their spirits and give them a little boost to hold on and keep on trying. He was deeply spiritual, and he was eternally grateful for God’s many blessings. He had a tender and pure heart. He poured out buckets full of loving kindness on his fellow man, and he truly made this world a better place for all whose lives he touched. In short, he was a good man, through and through. He will be deeply missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

Mr. Bruce Byron Beadell, age 81, Aiken, SC, entered into rest Monday, March 28, 2022, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. He was the beloved husband of Mrs. Harriet Griffis Beadell and a son of the late Mr. Vernon Cecil Beadell and the late Mrs. Beulah May Ray Hunter.  Mr. Beadell was a native of Burlington, Washington, and had made Aiken County his home for the past nine years. Mr. Beadell was a Software Engineer for over 50 years. He received his Economics BA degree from UC-Santa Barbara, CA, his Software Engineering BA degree from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, and his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Mr. Beadell’s last employment was with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Bloomington, MN, before retiring to Aiken, SC. 

He was an excellent marksman, but in addition he also was an expert in gun safety, and he was a member of the Savannah River Rifle and Pistol Club. He enjoyed watching pro and college football, especially Clemson and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mr. Beadell deeply loved his dog Hershey, which he had adopted from the Albrecht SPCA. 

Additional survivors include his son Robert (Elisabeth) Beadell, of Merritt Island, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare at Services will be private. COLE FUNERAL HOME, 1544 UNIVERSITY PARKWAY (118 BY-PASS), AIKEN, SC 29801

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