David C. Beebe Jr.

           David C. Beebe Jr., May 5, 1931 to October 20, 2011. Born in Englewood, New Jersey Mr. Beebe was the only child of David Chapin Beebe Sr. and Lucretia Cott Beebe.

            He attended and graduated from the Englewood School for Boys. He continued his education at Yale University where he became a distinguished member of the Varsity Crew and graduated with a psychology degree.  Soon after, he married his childhood sweetheart, Jean Lewis of New York City.

     In 1953, Mr. Beebe entered the navy as an officer candidate at OCS in Newport, Rhode Island. Later, he became a Lieutenant (JG) aboard a minesweeper. Upon returning from the service Mr. Beebe began a career in Insurance, following in the footsteps of his father who co-founded USAIG.

As he sought to establish himself in the insurance industry, his love of the sea navigated him toward the marine insurance carrier, Chubb & Son where he began his career. During his tenure at Chubb & Sons, Mr. Beebe also achieved the designations of Chairman of the National Cargo Bureau, Chairman of the Cargo Reinsurance Association. Chairman of the War Risk Reinsurance Exchange and a Director of the Associated Aviation Underwriters, Chairman of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters; culminating with the position of the Managing Director of Marine at Chubb & Sons.

            In his spare time, Mr. Beebe enjoyed summering with his family on the shore in Pine Orchard, Connecticut. He owned many vessels over the years from his Chris Craft runabout he had as a boy up to the 58 foot Cabin Cruiser he captained and cruised from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts to Key Largo, Florida. Mr. Beebe served as a member of the flag officers of the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club and later became the Commodore of POYCC for several years.

            After retiring in 1989, Mr. Beebe moved from New Jersey to Ridgefield, Connecticut. Mr. Beebe became a founding member and benefactor of the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity as well as an active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Ridgefield.

            In recent years, Mr. Beebe became inflicted with a chronic condition that prevented him from pursuing his enjoyments of driving the tractor around the property, riding his moped down windy roads and exercising his dog, Wally.  Mr. Beebe always had an easy manner and sense of humor.  He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends.

            Mr. Beebe is survived by his three children: David C. Beebe, III, Evelyn L. Beebe, and Scott M. Beebe and eight grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Jean Lewis Beebe in 2002. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ridgefield, CT.  Reception to follow immediately after the service in North Hall.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions to Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, 51 Sugar Hollow Road, Danbury, CT  06810, www.housatonichabitat.org, or The Rector’s Fund at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 

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