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Robert James Seth Bean

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Robert James Seth Bean Obituary
Robert James Seth Bean

AGE: 98 • Lincroft

Robert James Seth Bean, 98, of Lincroft, New Jersey died at home on February 6, 2017. Prior to moving to Lincroft in 2016, Bob was a proud long-term resident of Madison, New Jersey.

Bob was born on February 23, 1918 in Chicopee, Massachusetts, son of Thomas Seth and Sarah (Mahood) Bean. He graduated from Chicopee High School in 1936, and served as class president during his senior year. Bob went on to attend the Bay Path Institute, where he graduated in 1938 with a degree in Business. It was at Bay Path that he met the love of his life, Elizabeth (Smith). The two were married on July 4, 1941 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force following the outbreak of World War II, in which he served as a second lieutenant and navigation instructor. At the conclusion of the war, Bob attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on the GI Bill, and earned a degree in electrical engineering in 1950. Shortly afterwards, Bob returned to duty as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. At the conclusion of his second tour of duty, Bob and Elizabeth moved to New Jersey as Bob took a field engineering position in New York City with the Factory Mutual (FM) insurance companies. Bob retired in 1984 as an assistant vice president at Allendale Insurance, a subsidiary of FM. During his thirty-year tenure at FM, he enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world and developed many lasting friendships.

Bob was a voracious reader, student of history, and Anglophile. He had a great passion for music spanning many styles, and loved playing the piano. For many years an active member of the Madison Presbyterian Church choir, Bob particularly enjoyed performing Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts with the Presbyterian and other area church choirs under the direction of the maestro himself in the 1970s. He also loved to play golf and spend time with family and friends.

Following the loss of Elizabeth in March 1999, Bob again found happiness with second wife Ellen (Wheat), whom he married in October 2000. Pre-deceased by both Elizabeth and Ellen, Bob is survived by his son, Thomas Bean, Esq. of Colts Neck and his wife Anne (Jurgielewicz) of Colts Neck, NJ, and four grandchildren: Thomas Bean, Jr., Esq. and his wife Allison (Weiser) of New Brunswick, NJ; Stephanie Bean of New York, NY; Andrew Bean of New Brunswick, NJ; and Joseph Bean of Ithaca, New York.

A private service for Bob will be held among family members on Wednesday, February 8. Donations may be made in his memory to Honor Flight (

Arrangements were under the care of Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home, Madison, NJ.
Published in Daily Record & Asbury Park Press on Feb. 8, 2017
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