WALLINGFORD - Joseph J. Bevan, 82, of Wallingford, beloved husband of Doris (Antonucci) Lees Bevan, departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, peacefully at home with his wife by his side.
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Joseph was born on June 20, 1930, in Meriden, , son of the late Joseph Bevan, Sr., and Adelaide (Burt) Bevan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean Conflict and later an Air Force veteran serving as a special investigator in the office of special investigations. Joseph was a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He served in the Wallingford Police Department for 38 years, 20 of which he was the Police Chief, until his retirement in 1990. He was a 57 year Mason of Compass Lodge 9 and also a member of the Scottish Rite. In his spare time Joseph enjoyed both hunting and fishing along with competitive shooting. He also loved his pet dogs. His greatest legacy is that of a loving husband, step-father, and grandfather.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 34 years, Doris Bevan, of Wallingford; along with a step-son, Jordie Lees, of Maine; and a step-daughter, Mary Ellen Waite and her husband, Craig, of Utah. He also leaves his grandchildren, Naval Lt. Amy C. Lees, of California and Tess Beasley, of Washington; along with his special nephew, Matt Simjian, of Wallingford; daughter- in-law, Patricia McDonald, of Maine' and numerous other nieces and nephews. Joseph also leaves very special friends and neighbors, the Valintas Family; William Sr.; Eileen; William Jr.; and Kristina and Bob; and Sue Tarantino, of Wallingford; along with his childhood friend, Thomas Melenchenko. He is preceded in death by his brother, William Carver.
Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 12 until 3 p.m. at the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 S. Elm St., Wallingford. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dean Warburton of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford officiating. Interment will follow at In Memoriam Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be directed to the
. To leave a message of remembrance or for directions please visit www.BCBailey.com
Published in The Record-Journal on December 6, 2012