Michael D. (Mike) Bean

November 28, 1954 - July 3, 2016

Service Date: July 9, 2016

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., in Sanford. A reception will follow in St. Elizabeth's Hall.

Michael D. Bean, 61, of Boulder Drive in East Waterboro, died at his home, with his family by his side on July 3, 2016.

Michael was born in Portland on November 28, 1954 the son of Leon I. and Barbara E. Bean and grew up in Waterboro. He was a graduate of Massabesic High School, Class of 1972.

As a youngster, Mike would come knocking on the family’s door to sell Christmas cards for school, and Joanne, his future wife, wouldn’t have anything to do with him.  By the time he was driving his purple dune buggy down the road, she soon became interested! They were young but married on July 26, 1974. When they were starting their wedding weekend, it became a special treat for them to eat at McDonald’s, a big mac, fries and a soda. (Back then, you got a free glass and that’s how they filled up their cupboard with drinking glasses!)

Mike and Joanne welcomed a son, Michael, Jr. and daughter Krista into their family. Mike’s nickname became “MacGyver” – as he could fix, repair or build anything. He worked for Wasco Skylights 30 plus years and was often called to travel through-out the U.S. either repairing or installing products for the company. He possessed a warm smile and his eyes twinkled with mischief and fun. He was also co-owner of a small company, Sunlight Installations for many years.  Mike was happiest when he was working and providing for his family. He and Joanne built their home together and he was content to putter in the yard or have his family and friends over for a cook out.

Together as a family, they began camping, first by “roughing it” in a tent and slowly grew into a travel trailer. Many happy memories were shared as they camped at Bunganut in Lyman. He and Joanne enjoyed flying out to California to visit his brother, Gregory and wife Judy and their family. They took a special Caribbean cruise that gave them a chance to count their blessings.

Michael was a kind man that never needed accolades for his acts of kindness towards others. He was a strong man who valued and loved his family deeply. He possessed a quiet faith that nurtured and gave him comfort when his days became more challenging.  Mike was so much more than a man diagnosed with ALS – He taught his children and family members what is really important in life; family, community and believing that Joy does come in the morning. Mike was a simple man who was content with all the small things in life that often times we overlook: morning sun rises, a cool breeze upon your face, kisses from the grandkids, and a walk upon the beach.

Michael is survived by his mother, Barbara Bean of East Waterboro; his wife of 42 years, Joanne (Chauvette) Bean of East Waterboro; his son, Michael D. Bean, Jr. and wife Cara of Windham and his daughter, Krista L. Brey and husband Shane of Windham; his three grandchildren, Darius, Natalie and Amelia; his two brothers, Leonard Bean and wife Dawn of Waterboro and Gregory Bean and wife Judy of Prunedale, CA; and his sister-in-law, Marie Bean of Waterboro; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Leon and by his brother, Richard (Babe) and his infant son, Craig Michael.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., in Sanford with Rev. Canon Susan Murphy, officiating. Immediately following the service, you are cordially invited to a reception in the St. Elizabeth’s hall.

Please family flowers only. In Michael’s memory please consider donating to the ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter, The Concord Ctr, 10 Ferry St., Suite 438, Concord, NH 03301.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street, in Alfred is respectfully handling arrangements.

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