Feb. 25, 1967 – Oct. 12, 2012
Brian R. Beyer’s desire to make the best of an earth-shattering diagnosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, led him to participate in two clinical trials at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse to help find a cure for ALS.
He maintained his positive attitude and sense of humor, sending his friends a “joke of the week” for as long as he was able. He watched the sunset on Maui every night on his computer and shared his love of Hawaii with his friends.
Mr. Beyer, of Hamburg, lived with ALS for 2½ years, until his death Oct. 12 at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 57.
He was a 26-year employee at WIVB-TV, Channel 4, where he was a master control operator, font operator, production assistant, technician and IT manager. He also worked as a production assistant at WGR-TV and for the Buffalo Sabres broadcasts for several years.
Mr. Beyer grew up in Hamburg, attending Charlotte Avenue Elementary and Hamburg High School. He became interested in a television career as a child when he toured a television remote set up at the Erie County Fair.
He attended Ohio University and was the recipient of one of the first scholarships available to study mass communication and television. He was always interested in nature, loved to travel and to help others.
Mr. Beyer was a volunteer firefighter in the Hamburg Fire Department for several years. He loved to fly kites and had a large kite collection. He explored the heavens through his telescope and explored the country in his beloved Corvette. He was proud to have visited every state but Alaska, North Dakota and Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Crista; his mother, Hazel; a sister, Billie Recorr; and three brothers, Bruce, Brent and Blaine.
A service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca.