WEATHERSFIELD - George Stephen Beebe, of Weathersfield, died Jan. 23, 2013, at the age of 77.
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He was born in Meriden, Conn., on Feb. 20, 1935, to Clifford and Helen (Stavnitsky) Beebe. After graduating from Meriden High School in 1953, he attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. The following year, he attended the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of the basketball team.
After completing his education, he served as an Army specialist in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked as a cartographer, mapping many countries in Asia.
While in Japan, Mr. Beebe married his childhood sweetheart, Evelyn Remond Beebe, on Sept. 15, 1956, and they lived there for two years. They returned to the U.S. and settled in Meriden, Conn.
Mr. Beebe was a member of the Connecticut Camping Association, and a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church in Meriden. He served as committee chairman for Camp Claire for many years. He also served as a deacon and trustee for the church, and was active with his wife as a leader of the Merry Mates church group.
An avid food connoisseur and creative cook, his love of preparing meals for family and friends turned into a hobby of catering weddings, private parties and events.
Mr. Beebe spent most of his professional life with the state of Connecticut; first as a mapping engineer, and later as a transportation planner where he was responsible for implementing many state programs, like CT Ride Share, Van Pools and bicycle paths.
He retired in 1992 after more than 33 years of service with the state of Connecticut. He and his wife relocated to Weathersfield after Mrs. Beebe's retirement from the Meriden School System.
The couple traveled to Australia, China, the Galapagos Islands, Portugal, Italy and France and he had visited each of the 50 states.
Mr. Beebe was active in his Vermont community and sang in the choir at First Congregational Church of Springfield.
He is survived by his wife of over 56 years; son Stephen Beebe of Meriden, Conn; daughter Laurel Kinsey of Atlanta, Ga., three grandchildren; a niece and nephew.
He was predeceased by his parents, and sister Elinor Beebe Alfieri.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Springfield in Springfield.
A short graveside service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, 817 Old Colony Road in Meriden, Conn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the First Congregational Church, 77 Main St., Springfield, VT 05156; or Camp Claire's Pool Restoration Project in Mr. Beebe's name, P.O. Box 702, Old Lyme, CT 06371.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.
Published in Rutland Herald on Jan. 27, 2013