Herbert G. Bean, 96, of St. Cloud, Florida, passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. He was born May 2, 1918, in Plainfield, to Alfred and Mehitable (Hersey) Bean. He was one of 13 children. He attended Kimball Union Academy but left before graduating to work and help support the family.After marriage, he went to work at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut. When World War II started, he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Hayward, transporting troops to the Philippines and Japan. After his discharge, he worked as an electrician for Joy Manufacturing in Claremont, and later retired from Cone Blanchard in Windsor. In his spare time, Herbert could often be found in the woods, cutting logs for lumber and pulp. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed beekeeping and had a maple sugar operation. He became very active in the First Baptist Church of Meriden. lived and raised his family in Cornish and after retirement, moved to St. Cloud, Florida. Herbert is survived by three sons, Roger Bean of St. Cloud, Florida, Ralph Bean of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, and Richard Bean of Cornish; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera (Mark) Bean.
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.