Leonard C. (Chuck) Bearman
Leonard C. Bearman, known to all as Chuck, passed away on December 27, 2006. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Alta, and his daughter, Linda, as well as a large circle of people who felt honored that Chuck considered them his friends.
Chuck devoted his life to government service. After graduation from Tri State University with a degree in civil engineering, he served two years in the U.S. Army. Following his Army service, Chuck moved to the Army Corps of Engineers as a civil service employee and worked for the Corps for 35 years, including a number of years of overseas service in Austria and Italy.
Chuck also had a passion for flying and earned a private pilot’s license, using it to good effect as a member of the Florida Coast Guard Auxiliary, assisting in search and rescue operations and drug smuggling interdiction. Other favorite hobbies of Chuck were bowling and golf. He was also a Master Mason.
Chuck’s real passion was his Scottish heritage. It was in this that he had a significant impact on everyone that is proud to be a Scot. Among his many accomplishments:
President of the Alexandria Virginia Highland Games, which under Chuck’s stewardship went from one to two days;
Life member of the St. Andrews Society of Washington D.C.;
Assisted with the formation of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA);
Charter member and founder of the Tartan Educational and Cultural Association (TECA);
Served as a director of the Tartan Authority Scotland;
Founded the St. Andrews Society of Valdosta, Georgia;
Served as a board member of Clan McIntosh;
Served as a board member and past president of Clan Wallace Society Worldwide, for which Chuck received the Clan Wallace Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chuck prided himself on helping others, especially young people. He also had a wicked sense of humor that took no prisoners. He will be greatly missed.
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