Obituary » William 'Pete' Herbert Bean, Jr.
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December 13, 1942 - April 6, 2021
William ‘Pete’ Herbert Bean, Jr. passed Tuesday, April 6th, 2021. Visitation is Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:00 AM and Traditional Funeral Service, 12:00 PM, at New Jerusalem Baptist Church.
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William Herbert Bean, Jr. (better known as Pete), was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 13, 1942, to William Herbert Bean and Christine McDonald Bean. Pete grew up in the West End of Cincinnati, and he attended Porter School and Taft High School. He attended Revelation Baptist Church as a child, and later attended New Jerusalem Baptist Church, New Friendship Baptist Church and St. Mark’s Baptist Church as an adult.
Pete was wed in marriage to Alice Marie Austin Bean for more than 59 years. To this union, 4 children were born: Tony Jerome Bean, Valerie Ann Bean, Denise Michelle Bean and Maurice William Bean.
He was an excellent baseball player, and he played alongside his brother-in-law, Tommie Austin, Jr., in the Cincinnati Negro League under the leadership of Pappa Banks. He also played in the semi-pro baseball for the Cincinnati Tigers. Pete worked for Cincinnati Public Schools for over 15 years as a janitor and then head custodian. He later took the boiler technician certification and passed it. Pete then worked for Cincinnati Milacron in Reading, Ohio for 25 years.
Pete was a shopper. He always knew where the sales, bargains and deals were. He loved grocery shopping. It was one of his favorite things to do. He always had the 411 on everything! Pete knew what was going in the neighborhood, the city and around the world. If he didn’t know it, it wasn’t happening! His family was able to give him a surprise birthday party for his 70th birthday. He tried to figure it out, but they got him and were able to pull it off.
Pete was a very hospitable person, especially when you came to his home. You were going to be entertained by music, laughter and food. You were going to see a concert when you came to his home. His favorite artist of ALL TIME was the Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin. You could talk about anything and anybody, but you couldn’t talk about Aretha- it would be fighting words! His favorite gospel artist was Dottie Peoples.
His pride and joy were his grandchildren. They did not want for anything. Pete was very gifted with his hands, and he could fix just about anything. He was a very good photographer without the credentials. Pete took all the picture at the family gatherings, dances and concerts. Taking pictures was his side hustle for years.
Pete leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and supportive wife, Alice Bean; their 4 children, Tony, Valerie, Denise and Maurice; 12 grandchildren, Dan Bean, Alexandria Bean, Michelle Jones (Kelin), Chatice Bean, Demico Bean, Desmond Bean, Maurice Thomas, Antoinette Mathis (Andrew), Natalie Bean, Michael Julius, Justin Bean, Tyler Bean and a bonus grandson, LaFon Thomas; and a host of great grandchildren with 3 more on the way; his 5 siblings, Rachael Thompson (Bobby, deceased), Alfreda Jones (Buddy), James Thomas Bean (Ruby), Yvonne Mathis (Joe) and Aaron Mathis, Jr.; 5 sisters-in-law, Clara McDonald (Raymond, deceased), Gloria Forte’(Willie), Joann Brice, Deborah Rocquemore and Wenda Wade (Dennis); and host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.