Edward L. Bean

Apr 05, 2021
Edward Bean

Union — Edward Leach Bean, 92, longtime Union resident, passed away with his loving family at his side Friday, April 2, 2021, in Rockport. Ed was born March 10, 1929, in Rockland to parents T. Lloyd Bean and Gladys Leach Bean.

Ed grew up in Appleton and attended school there.

Never afraid of hard work, he started working at B.M. Clark’s in Union at night after school. He worked alongside his father, cleaning shop and learning the trades. Once Ed left school, he worked full time at B.M. Clarks, and B.M. took him under his wing, teaching him how to weld and become a skilled metal fabricator.

These skills became a sense of pride and served him well throughout his working career. B.M. knew Ed was ready to strike out on his own, and it was then he bought a tractor and began earth work construction.

Ed was self employed; he dug foundations, installed septic systems and earth work in the local area for many years. Ed was well known for excellent work and because of that, folks would wait up to a year just to have him do their work.

Ed, at one time, bought a few tractors and leased them out to the State of Maine for mowing the sides of roads and other projects the state would ask him to do.

Ed met the love of his life, Verna Wiley, and were married in Camden July 8, 1950. Their life was indeed a true love story, being married for 71 wonderful years while raising two children. Their bond and devotion for each other was evident by anyone who shared their love.

Ed’s favorite past times were gardening at his Union home alongside his wife. Their gardens were always well cared for. They were always willing to share with neighbors, as well as canning for winter meals. Ed took part in preparation of last years garden and could still direct the family on the do’s and don’ts of a successful crop.

Ed always enjoyed fishing with his best friend, Neal Robbins, and they would spend many Saturdays fishing the waters of Sennebec Pond and other favorite spots. Of course, a cold beer or two during those outings were always welcomed.

Family was most important to Dad, Grampa, Uncle Ed and the bonds created by those he loved will never be forgotten.

Ed enjoyed working in his garage at home either fixing, fabricating or designing something for a piece of equipment or helping a neighbor fix something they brought down. He always said about his equipment: “If you can’t fix your own, you can’t afford to own them.” For anyone who ever “borrowed” a tool from Ed’s garage, you were told to remember to bring it back and put it in the same spot you found it, and you only wanted to be reminded of this once!

Ed was predeceased by his parents along with all siblings.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife Verna of Union; son Edward “Ted” Bean of Union; daughter Jacqueline “Jackie” Gamage and husband Ronald of Thomaston; granddaughter Krystal Gamage of Rockport; grandsons Steven Bean of Warren, Dylan Gamage and fiance Sadie of Mesa, Ariz.

He is also survived by brother-in-laws Carleton Wiley (Hope) of Warren, George Wiley of S.C. and Arnold Wiley (Pearl) of N.C.; sister-in-laws Agnes Crockett of Nobleboro, Celia Waltz of Warren, Donna Dow (Bill) of Waldoboro, Audrey Wiley of Appleton and Joyce Bean of Warren along with nieces, nephews and many friends.

The family wishes to thank Ed’s neighbors, especially Joel and Sally Moore, Brud and Jan Wentworth for many years of friendship, along with special thanks to Audrey Wiley for her devotion and care to both Ed and Verna. Ed will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A walk-through visitation will take place Tuesday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. Social distancing and mask requirements will be observed. Interment will be private. Ed will be laid to rest at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Appleton.

The family requests that if you would like to make a memorial donation in Ed’s name, they be made to Pope Memorial Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841.

Hall’s of Thomaston has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences visit Ed’s book of memories at hallfuneralhomes.com

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