Obituary: Ellis Norman “Beanie” Bean

Ellis Norman “Beanie” Boon

SOUTH PARIS — Ellis Norman “Beanie” Bean, 93, died on Oct. 23, 2022 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in southern Paris. Born on August 25, 1929 in Norway, Maine, he was the eldest child of Ellis Nathaniel and Bessie Corbett Bean. Growing up in southern Paris, Ellis graduated from Paris High School in 1948, where he was a standout athlete and chair of his class.

While she was working at Paris Manufacturing for a year to save for college, Ellis began dating Faye Harriman, a senior in Paris. He studied math and baseball at the University of Maine Orono, graduating in 1953 and married Faye a week later.

After a year of teaching and coaching at Winthrop High School, Ellis served in the military for two years and then changed careers — earning a pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut. In 1959, he and Faye settled back in southern Paris, where they raised their three children, and Ellis joined his brother-in-law, Hank Harriman, at Ashton’s Drug Store in Norway. After 18 years at Ashton’s, he worked at several pharmacies across the state before retiring in 1992.

He and Faye were grateful to enjoy many happy retirement years traveling across the country and Europe with daughter Carol and family, and longtime friends Barbara and Erland Penley.

Ellis loved to throw the ball around and was a fitness fanatic all his life – running, walking and lifting weights. Until a few months ago, he regularly rode the exercise bike at the Veteranenhuis.

He liked to watch ‘old’ movies; listening to music, especially country and western; read – sports, history and Louis L’Amour – and draw from the camp. Despite years of ribbing, he was a steadfast Yankees fan.

Ellis was married to Faye for 60 years before her death in 2013, and was also predeceased by daughter Carol, and siblings Marion, Keith, Hazel and Leslie. He is survived by son Michael and wife Jennifer van York, daughter Laura and husband Steve van Brunswick; grandchildren Paul and Seth Tate, Rebecca Tate Harr and Griffin and Jacob Bean; great-grandchildren Ayva Robinson, Kiersten and Madelyn Tate, and Teagan and Sophie Harr. He was Uncle Juna to several cousins.

The family would like to especially thank the staff at the Maine Veterans’ Home for their care and kindness over the past three years and especially in Ellis’ last days, and Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice for their additional support.

On Friday, November 18 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, there will be visiting time at Chandler Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, South Paris. A private memorial service will be held at the Riverside Annex Cemetery in South Paris.

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