Salem, NH — James H. Bean, 72, of Salem, N.H., died peacefully at home on Sunday, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Lawrence, Mass., and grew up and was educated in Salem, N.H., and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence. He had been a resident of Salem for the past 65 years. After graduating high school, Mr. Bean enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday, and became a airframe structural mechanic on the Grumman S2f Tracker and earned his 2nd Class Petty Officer stripes and became a crew chief. He worked for the Raytheon Corp. in Andover, Mass., for 38 years as a production control manager, before retiring in 2004. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Diana, and driving his Pontiac GXP. Most importantly, his greatest joy was his family and friends. He loved to have cookouts, pool parties and family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diana (Vandall) Bean of Salem; sons, Michael and his wife, Joanne Bean of New Hampton, N.H., and Russell and his wife, Laurie Bean of Tyngsboro, Mass.; sister, Mary Margaret Hamel of Kennebunk, Maine; grandchildren, Michael Jr., Jennifer, Rachel, Haley, and Amber; four nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m., at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. Cremation will follow. Calling hours will be Wednesday, July 16, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.