John M. Bee, Jr., 76, husband of the late Rita McGreevy Bee of Mt. Carmel passed away April 1, 2009 after an extended illness. John was born in Cambridge, MA son of the late John M. and Helen Bee and has resided in Mt. Carmel since 1965. He was President of the Macalaster Bicknell Co. of CT, Inc. for over 40 years, served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Iowa, was a long standing member and served as a Commodore of the Branford Yacht Club, was a member of the New Haven Country Club, an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 604 of Hamden, and will be remembered by all as a boating and fishing enthusiast. He is survived by 4 children; John M. Bee, III and his wife Christine of Wallingford, Patricia Bee and her partner Eric Morin of Burlington, VT, Kevin M. Bee and his partner Michael Colavolpe of Orlando, FL, and James E. Bee and his wife Tamara of Groton. Brother of Marie French of Loraine, OH, Nancy Kennedy and her husband, Patrick of Branford, Lawrence Bee, Sr. and his wife Pat of Guilford and beloved grandfather of Olivia, Matthew, Ian and Declan Bee and his 3 grand dogs, Masi, Buddy and Puck. Friends are welcome to attend calling hours from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church Monday April 6 at 10 a.m.

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  1. i want to send my condolences to the bee family in the loss of john bee jr.i only knew him for a short time while working at macbic,but will allways remember his kindness to me while he was still coming in the office daily.may god bless him and may the family remember the good moments he spent with them.sincerely vincent tortora

  2. May the Bee family please accept my condolences in the passing of John Bee Jr. John gave me my frst job in a technical field after graduating from college. The experience at Macalaster Bicknell provided a foundation that has served me well in my endeavors. I will be forever grateful. John was also kind enough to notify me of the listing of my parent’s names in the state lost item registry. I will fondly remember the conversations with John that took place on subsequent visits to pick up supplies. He was a good man. Yours truly, Nick Afragola

  3. My sincere sympathy to John’s family in this most difficult time. I know John (a Father, Grandfather and more) as a friend from the Branford Yacht Club. He was a sincere, caring, and honest person. He told it the way it was and how he felt about issues. I will miss him and his fun filled persona at the Yacht Club. I know he had been ill for a while, but that did not stop him from watching out for his friends and family, he had called me when he found a person with my last name in the State lost item registry. He always had sincere deep care and concern for his friends and family. Again my deepest and sincerest sympathy. I will keep him in my prayers. Sincerely, Tony Moscato

  4. TO JOHN BEE’S FAMILY OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. WE HAVE WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF OUR FAMILY,S GROWING UP TOGETHER IN HAMDEN. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. THE KINSCHERF FAMILY

  5. We were saddened to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. With our Sympathy, Marilyn and Colin

  6. I am glad that I (Don) decided to spend a few moments with John during his most recent stay at Gaylord. Garlic John and Rita were our friends at the yacht club for many years. We extend our condolences to the family. Don & Hazel Reutenauer

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