During my time at the Register thus far, I’ve met a number of inspiring people, both young and old, and never know if I’d be the last one to bring their story to the world.
I had no idea that I’d be the last person to interview Robert Beatty, who was featured in this year’s Memorial Day paper. Sadly, he passed away June 25 at the age of 90. My heart broke upon hearing the news.
Beatty dropped out of high school to serve his country in the Navy during World War II as a turret gunner from 1943 to 1946. Once discharged, he held several jobs, but his most significant was as a firefighter for 27 years.
Though his life experiences were impressive and noteworthy, he remained humble when I talked with him.
“I tried to be a good role model,” he replied modestly when asked about what he wanted to be remembered for. His family nodded and agreed—they knew he worked hard in whatever he did.
It was quite clear that his family had immense pride for their patriarch. After speaking with him, I was proud of him too, and for all who serve our country to keep it free.
I hope his legacy lives on and that his grandchildren someday see how their grandfather was truly part of “The Greatest Generation.”
To be honest, he was one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. Thank you for your service and example, Mr. Beatty!