Robert Jay Beam

Robert Jay Beam, a former Fairfield resident, died June 28.

The son of Harry Austin Beam and Margaret Flower Priestley, he attended schools in Stratford and Wilmington, Del. In his youth, he developed an interest in skeet and trap shooting and, at the age of 15, became the Connecticut State Junior Skeet Shooting Champion. He continued shooting professionally.

After graduating from American University, he joined the Army and was sent on a mission to Saudi Arabia. After he was discharged, he was hired by the Remington Arms Co. Following retirement, he became a consultant in the sporting goods industry. He was a member of the Atlantic Indians Shooting Organization, Fairfield Fish and Game, Connecticut Audubon and served on the vestry of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Fairfield. He enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing, cribbage, movies, books and crossword puzzles, and also was a Philadelphia Phillies fan.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Sue Miller; a son, Robert Jay Jr.; a daughter, Margaret Priestley Beam Kellersman and her husband Gil and their children Ella Mae Priestley and Harrison Banks; a brother, Bruce Austin Beam and his wife, Priscilla Rothrock of McLean, Va., their daughters, Margaret May Beam Gratton and Sara Beth Van Landingham, and son Bruce Austin Jr. and wife Margaret, and several nieces and nephews, all of Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 8, in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. The Spear Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hill, CA 91301.