Longtime Batavia alderman Beckman dies at age 84
BATAVIA – Former Batavia Alderman Chuck Beckman is remembered as someone who loved Batavia. Beckman, who died Sunday at the age of 84, was on the Batavia City Council for 30 years before stepping down in 2005.
At the time, he was the longest-serving alderman on the council.
He also started his own business, Chuck’s Garage, which now is run by his son, Dennis.
“We lost a true Batavia icon,” Batavia 5th Ward Alderman Eldon Frydendall said Monday. “His heart was in Batavia, and it was in his business.”
Frydendall now is the longest-serving alderman in Batavia. He has been on the Batavia City Council for almost 32 years and is running for re-election in April.
Beckman was known for being outspoken.
“I didn’t always agree with him, but I always got along with him,” Frydendall said.
Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said Beckman was dedicated to serving his constituents.
“He truly was a hands-on public servant,” Schielke said. “He had his eyes and ears open to what was going on. He genuinely fought very hard for the people he was representing.”
He also served as a Batavia firefighter for a number of years and was chairman of the City Council committee that planned the construction of the original west side fire station and the city’s public works building.
Schielke also noted Beckman’s passion.
“He had very deep convictions, whether it was his own religion or politics,” he said.
A visitation for Beckman will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Batavia Covenant Church, 1314 Main St., Batavia.