Groton - Edward A. Beebe, 85, of Noank, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
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He was born on Sept. 25, 1927, in Groton, son of the late Frederick and Bertha (Hewitt) Beebe.
Ed was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Geraldine (Mathis) Beebe.
Ed and Geri enjoyed traveling extensively and fondly counted 19 cruises among their experiences. They also enjoyed many years with friends at the Groton Elks Lodge.
Ed served in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Charles Talbot in the Pacific Fleet during World War II and recently received replacement service medals from Congressman Joe Courtney. He founded the Cadet Ship Sablefish in Groton as part of the Junior Naval Cadets of America, Inc., formed the cadet drum and bugle corps, and was awarded the "Officer of the Year" commendation in 1963.
Ed retired from General Dynamics/Electric Boat after 30 years, as superintendent of the paint department and subsequently retired from his second career at Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford. At Electric Boat, he worked on the reactor prototype for the USS Nautilus near Arco, Idaho, and on the construction and launching of the world's first nuclear submarine. He served on the board of directors of Electric Boat Management Association. Ed was a life member of the Groton Elks Lodge, served as trustee, and was Elk of the Year in 1996-1997.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas E. Beebe and his wife, Georgette, of Salem and Gary M. Beebe of Groton; six grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Beebe of New London; Samantha, Tyler, Seth, and Byron Beebe of Groton; and a great-granddaughter. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Deborah Williams of Wyoming, R.I., who spent a great deal of time helping Uncle Eddie.
He was also predeceased by his brothers, Frederick, Maurice, and William Beebe and sisters, Mary Palmisano and Irene Kimes.
Ed will be laid to rest at a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic.
Donations may be made in Ed's memory to the Groton Elks Lodge #2163, c/o Secretary, 700 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340.
Please visit www.byles.com for his family's online registry.
Published in The Day on Oct. 2, 2012