MAURICE B. BEAN TOPSFIELD – Maurice B. Bean went to be with his Lord and loved ones Sept. 3, 2008, surrounded by his family at Calais Regional Hospital. Maurice was born Nov. 9, 1919, in Topsfield, son of Reuel and Alma (Rioux) Bean. Maurice grew up in a loving home with his five brothers and three sisters, a home full of good food, laughter and music. Maurice went to grammar school in Topsfield and Springfield. At the age of 16, he went to work with his brothers and cousins in the woods, where he learned his love for the outdoors. December 1941 changed his path when he joined the Army Air Force to fight for his country that he loved and honored. His service introduced him to the world and his best friends. He ended his military career on Tinian Island, taking care of the crew of the Enola Gay. When her returned back to the states he married his childhood sweetheart, Frances Thornton Bean. They lived on the corner of Route 6 and Route 1 for 52 years. Maurice lovingly cared for Frances after she became ill and retired from Dead River Co., in 1987, where he worked for 21 years. He was a member of Earl Severance Post in Topsfield from 1949 to 2008. He was a life time member of Lewey Lodge, Princeton and a member of Springfield Congregational Church. He worked at Topsfield Food Pantry with his sister, Avis and lifetime friend, Hazel, where he could be heard whistling on any given Saturday. You could find Maurice tapping his foot and singing the old time songs he loved so well at Wesley Dance Hall. He loved to sing and dance. When he could no longer dance, he would sing with his strong voice for all to enjoy. In addition to his parents and his beloved wife, Frances he was predeceased by his brothers, Ronald “Jay,” Lewis, Philip, Wayne and Dennis; three sisters, Doris Bemis, Claire Webber and Avis Sussenguth; son-in-law, Brett Clark; and his nephew, Dan Bean. He is survived by his daughter, Candace Clark of Topsfield; a granddaughter, Katrina Clark Carlson and her husband, James, of Binghamton, N.Y.; great-grandson, Ryan; great-granddaughter, Ella; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Harriett Martell. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Topsfield Congregational Church. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the church with the Rev. Ellen Beairsto officiating. Interment will be at Hunnewell Acres Cemetery, Topsfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent for the restoration of Topsfield Congregational Church or Luv from Above Ministries. Donations may be sent to Candace Clark, 7 North Road, Topsfield, ME 04490. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home – Bartlett Chapel, 24 Houlton Road, Danforth. For an online register book, please visit