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2005-11-23 / Obituaries

Raymond Beary, had lengthy law enforcement career

Bear y Bear y Raymond E. Beary, a native of Williamsville who became the police chief of Winter Park, Fla., died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005 in an Atlanta hospital.

Mr. Beary, 73, was the father of Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary and Lake Mary Police Chief Richard Beary.

He was a graduate of Williamsville High School and the University of Buffalo.

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Beary began his law enforcement career in 1956 with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.

He ran the Junior Deputy Sheriffs Program in Erie County which doubled its participation in one year. Mr. Beary was named chief of police in Eden, N.Y. in 1959.

He moved to Florida in 1962 to become chief of police in Maitland. He became the Winter Park police chief four years later and was later named to head the state agency which oversaw liquor licensing. Mr. Beary returned as Winter Park police chief in 1972.

He served as that city’s fire chief and public safety director before retiring in 1990. One of the most dramatic moments in his career came during a 1975 robbery and hostage situation inside a Winter Park liquor store. Mr. Beary persuaded the robbers to let him trade places with one of the hostages. He successfully diffused the crisis by convincing the robbers to drop their weapons and exit the building.

Mr. Beary and his wife Karen permanently relocated to Ellijay, Ga. in 1994.

In addition to his wife and two sons, he is survived by a third son, Raymond; a daughter, Noel, a deputy sheriff in Orange County; two step-sons, Jordan and Jory; and 12 grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, Oct. 31 in Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Orlando.

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