Family of Clarence 'Tootsie' Bean suffer double tragedy
The family of the late jazz drummer Clarence “Tootsie” Bean was hit with a double tragedy with the death of his wife, Stella.
The Bermuda Entertainment Union offered condolences to the Bean family after the death of Ms Bean, 91, just four days after her husband’s passing.
Ms Bean, a dental assistant, was “a very active, longtime member” at Heard Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pembroke, where she was a missionary and sang in the choir.
Ms Bean also took part in track and field, and her daughter, Donna, started the Bermuda Flyers Track Club, which she was a part of.
Ms Bean managed the Bermuda team that attended the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Kim Swan, a Progressive Labour Party MP, said Mr Bean hailed from an “awesome collection of legendary Bermudian musicians, who not only plied their trade internationally, but also contributed to the social transformation of Bermuda through sport – in Tootsie’s case it was his love of golf and for his membership with the Ocean View Golf Club”.