Man with Midcoast ties killed in motorcycle crash

By Daniel Dunkle | Dec 05, 2013
Source: Facebook Bill Beckwith

San Francisco — Family and friends are mourning the loss of Bill Beckwith, 38, who died Dec. 2 in a motorcycle crash in San Francisco.

Beckwith listed Warren as his hometown on his Facebook page, and he attended Medomak Valley High School in the early 1990s.

He was best known to many as a carpenter and host on HGTV's 'Curb Appeal' TV show.

According to the channel's website, Beckwith was born on a 60-acre vegetable farm in Midcoast Maine, taught by his father to grow food, and found himself drawn to working on old structures on the property. He attended the University of Montana, studying English and martial arts.

Later, he moved to Northern California and started his company, BB Design Build, the HGTV website states.

The crash took place at 8:30 p.m. at Oak and Steiner streets. Beckwith's motorcycle collided with another vehicle, according to Officer Gordon Shyy of the San Francisco Police Department.

"The driver of the [other] vehicle remained on scene and is cooperative with police investigators," Shyy said in a statement.

Beckwith was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died from injuries sustained in the collision. His identity was confirmed by the city Medical Examiner's Office. The collision is still under investigation, according to police.

A Facebook page, "Billy J Beckwith, Superstar," has been launched in his honor. Many friends and family members have taken time to post comments and fond memories of Beckwith there.

Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at or 594-4401 ext. 122.

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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.


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