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Daniel Beard






 Daniel Aaron Beard, 77, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Thursday, March 12, 2020, at his home.

He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hancock, MD, where he and his husband were the first same sex sacrament of marriage performed in 2013. Upon moving to Hagerstown, MD, he became a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Born Saturday, May 16, 1942 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late Howard L. Beard and the late Floris R. (Hebb) Beard.

He graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1960 . He attended Salem College and graduated from WVU, where he earned his PhD in Psychology. Dan retired from the Maryland Department of Corrections as a Clinical Psychologist. He enjoyed camping, gardening and was a history buff, specifically Civil War. He was a member of the Maryland National Guard.

He is survived by his husband of 40 years, Jon J. Hulka; brother in law, Gary B. McBrien; and four nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Judith A. McBrien and Karen S. Kolb.

Services and interment will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Very sorry to hear about your dear Daniel. Our lives have changed much since high school, but having a caring, loving family to share with is all important. Peace be with you now and always

Linda Livingston Parker
Cedarburg, Wisconsin

I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I worked with Dan at the prison and so enjoyed his wit. He was a kind soul. Someone you could always turn to for guidance. He will be sadly missed by many.

Mary Ann Turner
Falling Waters, WV

Dear Mr. Hulka, I was a long-time best friend of Danny’s sister, Karen, and I remember Dan very well as a wonderful brother to her. I am so sorry for your loss and I want you to know that he is remembered by me as a kind person whose sister loved him very much. Thinking of you, Judy Ford

Judy Ford
Shepherdstown, WV

So sorry to hear of your great loss Jon. please accept my deepest sympathy and many blessings, your life has changed forever. Be good to yourself, all this change takes time and many emotions. Sincerely Mable

mable clark
Victoria, Tx

Joe, my sympathy to you at the loss of Dan. May God be with you and comfort you. Lynn

Lynn Hamblin
Hugo, Minnesota

To my friend of grade school and high school days, Jon (Joey): My sincere condolences on your loss. What more can be said? I am sure Daniel will always be in your heart and will be watching over you.

Jean E. DeLauche
Maryland Heights, MO

Job, sorry for you loss of your dear friend Dan. Please accept my condolences...Wishing you the very best during this difficult time for you and our nation. Tim

Tim Regnitz
Valparaiso , IN

Jon, I am so sorry for your loss, and just know that you are in my prayers. You can call me anytime you want, if you need to talk.

Nancy Zeunert Johnson
Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Jon: My thoughts and condolences are with you for your loss. Jane

Jane L McInturff Sells
Safety Harbor, FL

Jon - sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your old neighbor - Jack Friess

Jack Friess
Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Dan was my supervisor when I worked at MCI. He taught me many things, but the most important was to not "sweat the small stuff". I was blessed to know him. He was a kind and gentle soul.

Ruth Ann Ogle
Hagerstown, MD

Dan was such a warm and loving man. I regret not getting to know him better. His stories of life at college, especially the bus, was hilarious. His knowledge about working with men involved with the criminal justice system was also invaluable. Thank you for being such a wonderful host. Jon, God bless you during this time.

David Washington
Hagerstown , Maryland

With sincerest condolences at Daniel's untimely passing . For us all, times is often too short, love too brief and suddenness of life's end so unfair. Shalom.

Martin Gallagher MD/Willia Striler RN
Hagerstown, MD

We attended Dan and Jon's wedding in 2013. It was the best wedding we have ever been an invited guests of honor. We have deeply loved and respected Dan since the first day we met. Jon and Will are first cousins and have had a long lasting loving relationship for over 60 years. Our hearts and souls are in mourning over the passing of this wonderful person who lit up our lives. We know that he is in a better place and awaits our time when we will throw our arms around him and see his kind and loving smile again in Heaven. Until we see him again Will & Pat Schmidt

A. Will and Patricia B. Schmidt
Loudon, TN

Dan was a great role model for everyone and we had some great times with him and Jon camping and other events. He cast a giant shadow and will be missed by many. Peace be with you, Brother.

Vince Dantona and Phil van Leeuwen
Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Jon, I have been thinking about you lately & then to see this in the paper! I am so sorry to see this, I didn’t know Dan very well but I know together you were the definition of love. May memories keep him close. Love you...

Carol Kinsey
Boonsboro, Md

So many wonderful memories of Dan. We could set for hours listening to him talk. We learned so much from Dan. We will miss our conversations and our great phone calls. We will miss Dan. We are better for having know Dan. Jon, our sincere Condolences. If we can do anything let us know. Our Love to you Jon.

John Lowe and Charley King

Jon, I’m so sorry to hear of Dans passing. I think of you often and miss all the fun we had working together many years ago. I’ll keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.

Traci Snodderly
Hagerstown , Maryland

My deepest sympathy to you Jon. Dan was a wonderful friend to me for 30 years. We worked together at the prison and became good friends. I loved his sense of humor and his intelligence, and especially his pranks. He got me every time. May you find comfort in your many special memories. You were the light of his life.

Jackie Shank
Hagerstown, Maryland

I was deeply saddened when I heard about Dan's passing. Dan was a great man, friend and mentor to me and so many individuals. It was always a pleasure to have a conversation with Dan. I will miss his stories and his smile. My deepest condolences to Jon.

Scott Arnold
Carlisle, PA

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