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Obituary for John R. Bean

John R. Bean, 85, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Janet F. (Callahan) Bean with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

He was born in Lynn, MA on December 8, 1938, and was the son of the late Raymond and Helen (Kane) Bean.

John lived on Bayview Avenue in Lynn for the first eight years of his life and then moved to Stetson Avenue in Swampscott, within walking distance of the ocean. He attended parochial school in Swampscott and was an altar boy. His first job as a teenager was working at the Essex Oil Company. The first in his family to attend college, John graduated from Salem State in 1962 with a degree in Business; he later earned a Master’s in Education from Boston University. His professional career began as an education specialist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford, where he met his future wife, Janet Callahan, a newly minted nurse. Their first date was sailing in Nahant Bay. He loved to sail and owned many boats over his lifetime. John was later employed by the US Army at Fort Devens, where he provided training and professional services to young servicemen. He also worked at the Department of Labor at the JFK Federal Building in Boston as a Labor Relations Officer.

John was an avid photographer, snapping endless photos of his family’s many activities over the years. It is rare to see him in the photos as he was always behind the camera. He enjoyed sailing and vacationing in Maine. He traveled to Ireland to pursue his genealogical research, meeting with distant relatives. John was a handyman, applying his Yankee ingenuity to solve problems in creative ways. But most of all, he was devoted to the raising of his four sons and his ten grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife, John leaves his children, Jonathan Bean and his wife Cammy of Littleton, Michael Bean and his wife Teresa of Wayland, James Bean and his wife Rachel of Queens, NY, and Matthew Bean and his wife Cheryl of Chelmsford. He also leaves his ten beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel, Michael, Eliza, Madeline, Ethan, Liam, Catherine (Kiki), Lilly, Elliot, and Kyle. John is also survived by his brother James Bean and his sister Nancy (Bean) Barbetta. He is predeceased by his brother Raymond.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2024, from 3:00-6:00 pm at the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 29, 2024, at 11:00 am at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Rd., CHELMSFORD. KINDLY GATHER AT THE CHURCH. Interment to follow in Heart Pond Cemetery, CHELMSFORD.