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Joseph "Coach" Beidler

Joseph "Coach" Beidler
  • November 15, 1918 - October 31, 2016
  • West Hartford, Connecticut

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“Coach Beidler had a profound impact on my life. He looked at a high school freshman going out for football and asked, What position do you play? I...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Justin George - South Windsor, CT

“rest in peace in coach. thank you for your service to this country. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I remember Coach Beidler was well liked and respected by all the players at Conard, without exception. My sincere condolences to his family. Paul...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Aloha and condolences to the Beidler Ohana. One of the best coaches ever! RIP coach. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Paul Beattie - West Hartford, CT

“RIP Coach and thank you for being a very important part of our livesJames MaloneyClass of 1976 ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Bob and Family, I was very saddened by the news of your father's passing. I have the fondest memories of being coached and mentored by him at...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Peter Liljedahl - Middlefield, CT

“Bob and Family, I was very saddened by the news of your father's passing. I have the fondest memories of being coached and mentored by him at...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Peter Liljedahl - Middlefield, CT

“It seems like it was just yesterday when I was a senior at Bulkeley High School, and met and talked with Coach Beidler about Linfield College, in...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Sullivan - Portland, OR

“My condolences to the family. Joe was a wonderful colleague who was always so friendly. I am sure he will be missed by all. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Florence Dickie - Newington, CT

“Greetings:I was Captain of his 1960 Nutmeg Bowl team played in New Britain, which ended in a 8-8 tie. He helped me and several other Hartford Area...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Peter Dengenis - Seattle, WA

“Nancee, so sorry to see of you dad's passing. Prayers are with you. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Bill Forbes - Stafford Springs, CT

“We've lost a truly fine man who was a gentleman. I took movies of every football game at Weaver from '61 to '65 when I graduated. As a result, I got...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Harry Cion - Colchester, CT

“Coach Beidler,Rest in Peace. You made such a positive impact on young men such as myself.Thank you and God bless!Respectfully,John K ThompsonConard...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: John Thompson - Londonderry, NH

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Joseph B. "Coach Beidler", 97, died on Monday, October 31, in the comfort of his home. He was born November 15, 1918. Joe served our country during WWII as a Lieutenant in the Navy aboard a mine sweeper.
His passing leaves a void in the hearts of many, especially his devoted daughter, Nancee, (Ray Torns) and his adoring wife and "best girl" of 74 years, Ruth. He is also survived by his daughter JoAnn Schaaf, his son Robert, his only granddaughter, Brandy Caban, three grandsons Kalua, Kama and Kahoa McKeague, and his special great-granddaughter, Kiana Caban.
Joe's passion was football and baseball. First as a player and then as a coach. His career spanned nearly 4 decades, beginning at his beloved alma mater, Trinity College,, migrating to the Pacific West and returning home to CT to coach at Weaver High and Conard High. One of his proudest achievements was creating what became known as the "Hartford Connection". Between 1958 and 1967 Coach sent 10 young talented players to Linfield College in Oregon. Coach believed in his players and inspired them to fulfill their potential. Joe's 15 year run of coaching with McKee at Conard High was legendary, winning over 80% of games played. He was the consummate Math teacher; Navy blue blazer, disciplinarian, fair and knew his stuff. When he hung up his cleats and retired to Vero Beach with Ruth they "played" together at golf, Bridge, square dancing and pool! Always learning! He volunteered for the Dodgers at Spring Training and relished being the driver who talked "game" all the way to the airport.
Coach Beidler was a great guy. Loved and respected. A coach who knew the science of football and a gentlemen on and off the field. His word was gold. He left the world a better place.
The family extends its sincere gratitude to all the caregivers and Masonicare Hospice professionals who gave Joe such exceptional care. A celebration of Coach Joe Beidler's life will be held at Trinity College Chapel at a later date. Please visit our guestbook at