Obituary: Robert James Bean – Press Herald

25July 2020

Robert James Bean HARTFORD, Conn.– Robert James Bean, 88, Robert died all of a sudden on July 11, 2020 at Hartford Hospital, following a quick health problem. He was born on Jan. 25, 1932 in Wolfeboro, N.H., the son of Earl F. Bean and Janet B. Bean.

He spent his early years in New Hampshire and then his moms and dads transferred to Portland. Robert was educated in the Portland public school system, and graduated from Deering High School in 1950. He continued his education at Portland Junior College, and moved to Boston University where he received his B.S. degree in Public Relations in 1954. He was active in the SAE fraternity.

After two years of service in the U.S. Army, Bob was eager to be a member of the business neighborhood. In 1957, he started a profession in the casualty insurance company with Liberty Mutual Insurance Coverage Co. in Boston. He later moved to their Connecticut workplaces in Manchester, East Hartford, and Norwich. In 1972 he became utilized by Security Insurance, Co. of Hartford, where he acted as Director of Field Claim Operations company-wide and retired in 1993.

Bob wed his friend, Susan Fairchild, on June 27, 1959 and began a terrific life in Glastonbury, Conn. after having actually been married in Longmeadow, Mass. Those were really pleased days and years as their household grew to three children, David, Kristin, and Gretchen by 1964.

Both Bob and Sue were active in church and civic affairs. He coached Little League baseball, was active with his kid in YMCA Indian Guides, was a board member of the Glastonbury YMCA and a member and past President of The Service Club of Glastonbury. The household were charter members of the Glastonbury Hills Country Club. Bob and Sue took many winter vacations to the islands of Bermuda, Hawaii, St. Croix, and Jamaica, and the entire Bean household enjoyed their summer house in Kennebunkport. Bob and Sue delighted in 53 happy years together prior to she passed away on Nov. 3, 2012. Bob’s children were especially pleased with the way their father lived his life with strength and grace the past 7 and a half years, all while missing his precious partner. He kept busy painting his preferred Maine seascapes in watercolors and letter composing to his lots of pen pals throughout the country.

Bob was predeceased by his grandson, Hunter Lurie.

He is survived by his kid and other half, David and Marie Bean of Coronado, Calif., his child Kristin Bean, of Phoenix, Ariz., his child Gretchen Lurie, of Pasadena, Calif.; his sister Barbara Oulton, of Falmouth; grandchildren LCDR Travis Bean and his spouse Hannah, Tucker Bean, Paige Lurie; great-grandsons, Joe and Ben Bean; and various nieces and nephews.

Bob’s kids offer an unique thanks to the staff at Hartford Health center, who were so thoughtful and kind to Bob and his family in his last days. Additionally, his children are extremely grateful for the friendship and caring of the South Church congregation, particularly Ginne Clark, who was his good friend and driver for the past a number of years.

A funeral will be held at The Congregational Church in South Glastonbury at a future date. Mulryan Funeral Service House, 725 Hebron Opportunity, Glastonbury, Conn. supervises of plans.

A private family service and burial will be held at The Green Cemetery, Glastonbury.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to

The Congregational Church in South Glastonbury, or The Glastonbury Household YMCA.

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