RICHARD D. BEAN

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BEAN RICHARD DONALD BEAN October 29, 1935 ~ June 24, 2013 Rockville, MD Richard Donald Bean died on Monday, June 24, 2013. His eyes were blue like a wolf. In his youth, his hair was black, which gave way to a mostly bald head that Dick sported most of his life. He told his children, Pamela Bean Liverman, of Damascus, MD, Richard Donald Bean II, of Comus, MD, and Lori Ann Bean, of Rockville, MD, that he had lost his hair because he always ate the heel of the bread, which ensured that the heel - his favorite - would always be left for him. During his 77 years, Dick Bean wore many hats, usually covered with asphalt or fish guts - and mainly to protect his bald head during long hours fishing on the Chesapeake Bay - but also metaphorically: he was a business owner, roofer, metal man, entrepreneur, investor, truck driver, mechanic, farmer, fisherman and benefactor. He did business on a handshake. His life's work was split between R.D. Bean, Inc., a commercial roofing company he founded with his wife Betty Jean Bean over 40 years ago, and his family farm in Bean Settlement, WV. He was born and raised there by his parents, Ora Park Bean and Roy Clive Bean, both school teachers, and returned home to rest with them and his grandparents by their small country church on Bean Ridge. Besides his wife of 54 years, Richard also had a life-long love affair with extra sharp cheddar cheese, Maryland blue crabs, penrose hot sausages on saltines (eaten from the jar with his pocket knife), homemade potatoes and dumplings and pork tenderloin cooked on a spit. After years trying, he managed to perfect the buckwheat pancake, if such a thing can be said to exist. He took extreme pride in his seven grandchildren Kristin Liverman (29) and Eric Liverman (24), who he taught to make perfect gravy for Thanksgiving, Elizabeth Bean (9) and Mason Bean (8), who he taught to fish in the pond, and Max Bean (8), Thomas Bean (6) and Betty Rose Bean (5), who he spent long days with at the farm. He also took pride in his army service as "an enlisted man". Dick was a hunter too. He once shot three wild turkeys with one bullet. Really. He said he could have shot three more, but then everyone would have heard three shots instead of one, and no one would believe his 3-turkey bonanza. This is one of the few times in his life he ever sought recognition for his many amazing deeds. Scores of well-wishers have showered the family with unknown tales of his kindness. The family has come to learn that Richard paid household bills for employees and friends in need, made loans without expecting to be repaid, sent a neighbor to college, and put roofs on community buildings and churches in three states, all without any recognition or even comment. He was, always, a man of action not words. He was honest, he was always on time, and he had lifelong friends. He is summed up by the statement, "May the work I did speak for me," and he will be greatly, fondly, widely and deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Asbury Cemetery Fund, c/o Emily Funk, 4222 Mt. Olive Road, Kirby, WV 26755, which will go to the cemetery at Bean Settlement. Or in honor of Richard Bean, who cared with such devotion for his wife who has Alzheimer's; The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation www.alzinfo.org/donate. Please visit/sign his guestbook: http://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituary/Richard-Donald-Bean/Rockville-MD/1220195

Published in The Washington Post on July 7, 2013
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