Patrick J. Beale, 67, a retired Washington Public school employee, died Monday at a hospital in Clearwater, Fla., after a long illness.

A former resident of Falls Church, he had moved to Largo, Fla., in 1970.

Born in Rothdowney, County Laoighis, Ireland, Mr. Beale came to this country as a young man and lived in Philadelphia before moving here.

During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in Europe and participated in the invasion of Germany.

He joined the school system here after the war and was groundskeeper at Western High School until retiring in 1966. He also worked with Western's athletic teams on a volunteer basis.

Mr. Beale was a fourth-degree Knights of Columbus member of the John Barry Assembly and a past deputy grand knight of Fairfax Council No. 4522.

He also was a past department commander of the Catholic War Veterans and past post commander of the CWV St. Anthony Post No. 1971 in Fairfax County.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of the home; two sisters, Molly McCarthy and Bridie Meehan, both of Arlington; two stepsons, William A. Tugman, of Morehead City, N.C., and E. Eugene Tugman, of Manassas; four stepdaughters, Ruby A. DePalma, of Falls Church, Effie A. Karns, of Fairfax, Elsie L. Deane, of Alexandria, and Betty L. Frank, of Clearwater, 29 stepgrandchildren and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.