Ralph C. Bean, 74, of Biddeford, died on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at his home in Biddeford. He was born on January 1, 1942 to Samuel L. and Simmone (Boissonneault) Bean in Biddeford. He graduated from St. Louis High School and attended Gorham State Teacher’s College where he majored in music education. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam.
On November 26, 1966, he married Margaret “Peggy” Emerson at St. Joseph’s Church in Biddeford.
For most of his career he worked in business accounting, eventually retiring from Counseling Services in Saco. He was an accomplished drummer. In his younger years he played in several local dance bands and later became a founding member of the Alumni Band, where he led the marching band for years as the drum major and played tympani in the concert band.
After retirement he volunteered at the Hospice Bookstore, Biddeford Public Access and St. Louis Alumni Beano. He also truly loved working in the pro shop at Dutch Elm Golf Course, where he was a long-time member. He was an avid fan of New England sports teams and any events involving his grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by:
His loving wife of 50 years, Margaret “Peggy” Bean of Biddeford
3 daughters: Barbara Bean Fortier and her partner Michael Campbell of Biddeford
Catherine Bean of Biddeford
Allison Bean of Biddeford
2 grandchildren: Eric and Victoria Patnaude
1 niece: Ashley Alston of Saco
And many cousins
Visiting Hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January, 3, 2017 at Hope Memorial Chapel 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com. Donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to: Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 298, Saco, ME 04072.
Charitable donations may be made to:
Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Charitable Fund
P.O. Box 298, Saco ME 04072