Beryl's Story

LAKELAND, FL - Beryl L. Leach, 89, of Lakeland, FL and Camden, ME, passed away on January 12, 2015 after a short illness.

Beryl was born on January 31, 1925 in Blue Hill, ME. He attended George Stevens Academy and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maine at Orono. Between his high school and college years he served in World War II in the U.S. Navy patrolling the South Pacific on PT Boats.

He was married to his loving and caring wife of 62 years, Martha H. Wood of Rockport, ME, on August 9, 1952. He is also survived by his sons; Gary and wife Julie of Westborough, MA, David of Lincolnville, ME and Steven and wife Rae of Union, ME. Passionately he was known as BAMPA to his grandchildren and great grandchildren; Christopher, wife Sarah and daughter Kayleigh of Bowdoinham; Cory, wife Sara and son Jackson of North Berwick; Timothy, partner Randi and children Conner and Brianna of Hope and his three granddaughters Laurina of Hilo, HI, Allison and Stephanie of Westborough, MA.

Beryl dedicated over 50 years as an educator, coach, administrator in the Camden-Rockport school systems. He was known to his students and athletes as "Beryl" and made it his mission to provide them with the best opportunities to enjoy and excel at sports. He was extremely humbled by two events in his life. These were his induction into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame and the dedication of the athletic fields at the former CRHS in his name. There was never a game he didn't want to watch or attend, even in his retirement years in Florida he became a regular at practice and games (especially baseball and basketball) at Florida Southern University.

A family service will be held at a later date at the Sea View Cemetery in Rockport, ME at his request. Donations may be made in his name to the Camden Hills Regional High School, c/o Beryl Leach - Athletic Bleacher Project, 25 Keelson Drive, Rockport, ME 04856.
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