Ellis "Norman" Beesley, 92, of Manasquan, passed away on April 10, 2014 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL. He was born on November 22, 1921 in Kearny, NJ. He was raised in Kearny and was a graduate of Kearny High School. He worked in Duponts as a research Scientist and attended Newark College of Engineering.
After Pearl Harbor was attacked, he signed up with the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot. He served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1945, where he flew 42 missions over Italy. His last year was spent in a German POW Camp after his plane was shot down. In 1948 he married Eileen Farrell and worked as a Fireman with the Kearny Fire Department until retiring in 1985. After retiring he moved to his summer home in Manasquan and wintered in Ellenton, FL. He enjoyed fishing, boating, shuffleboard and traveling to many destinations.
Mr. Beesley is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eileen (nee Farrell) and is also survived by two sons, Dr. Ellis N. Beesley Jr. and his partner John Silkey and Philip E. Beesley and his wife Eileen. Four grandchildren, Scott Philip and his fiancee Bethany Smith, Claire Catharine, Robert and Ryan. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:30 am at St. Denis Church in Manasquan. Cremation will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer's Association, 400 Morris Ave, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365 OR a charity of your choice.