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Nicholas Edward Bedessem

To be announced at a later date

To be announced at a later date


Nicholas Edward Bedessem, age 91, died at home in Potomac, Maryland on January 9, 2022.  
He was born in Chicago in 1930 and was a 1948 graduate of that city’s Loyola Academy.  After serving a stateside tour in the US Air Force during the Korean War, he earned a BA from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota in 1952.  
He moved to Washington DC in 1955 to work in the drama department of the Catholic University of America.  He soon joined the Shakespearean acting troupe National Players in Olney, Maryland, and served as an actor with the group as they toured America, Europe and South America in the late 50s and early 60s. 

He and his wife Anne married in 1962, and enjoyed a beautiful marriage that lasted 54 years and produced four children.  Nick earned his MA in Economics from George Washington University, and worked for the Department of Agriculture from the mid-1960s until his retirement in 1986.  

He and Anne then moved to a farm in Boonsboro, MD where they lived for fourteen years before moving to Hagerstown, MD.  Nick was an active member of the parish of St. Ann Catholic Church in Hagerstown for many years.  Recently, Nick was living with his daughter in Potomac, MD.  He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Anne (Clerc), his sons Edward Nicholas and Joseph Jude, eight grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  His wife Anne and his daughter Mary Elizabeth preceded him in death.  Memorial arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD

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Guest Book

To the Bedessem Family: My heart is saddened for your loss and hope you may take comfort in the knowledge that Mr. Nick Bedessem truly exemplified a life well-lived. My memories of Mr. Bedessem go back to the early 1970's when as a classmate of his children, we would hang out at the Bedessem house on a corner in Avondale, MD. Mr. Bedessem's booming voice and gentle demeanor was always welcoming; when visiting (which was OFTEN), I always felt like I was part of the family. His patience and wisdom was always lovingly displayed with a twinkle in his eye to those he cared about, which was just about everyone. He will be greatly missed and always fondly remembered.

Alexia Small
Leesburg, VA

We will remember Nick as a warm and generous man of many talents. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

Dominic and Marisa Spadaro
Bethesda, Maryland

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