Sunday, August 2, 2009

A passing, noted

I recently came upon the following story, on the Internet:

It is an obituary, from March, about Charles A. Bean, from Duxbury, Mass; he had passed away at age 83. I had unfortunately not been familiar with Mr. Bean’s name. He had been a musician (he played the trumpet), and a teacher, in the Boston area; in the late 1950s he had also begun a music store/company, which, the obituary noted, had subsequently expanded into five locations—in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Florida.

The obituary also noted this: “During the 1950s he entertained weekly on the Sue Bennett Show in the early days of Boston television.” The show aired on WBZ-TV in 1954 and 1955; as noted previously in this space, the program featured my mother’s singing, a vocal group which often accompanied her (The Freddy Guerra Trio), and a small musical ensemble, which, obviously, Mr. Bean had been a part of.

From reading the obituary, it sounded as if Mr. Bean was a fine man, who led a very interesting and very productive life. I wish I had been able to meet him.

Please note a follow-up post, which appeared on August 15, 2009, and which includes a correction to the above post: