The Obit For Beanie Firestine

Harold J. Firestine

Published in the Courier News on 7/10/2009

Harold "Beanie" Firestine passed away unexpectedly July 1, 2009, at his residence in KY.

Born to the late Harold and Thelma Firestine, he grew up in Bridgewater, where he lived until relocating to FL in the 1970's. A gifted athlete, he was involved in sports from little league to playing professional ball with the LA Dodgers.

He excelled on the baseball field, as well as the basketball court, at Somerville High. Friendships made on the baseball and basketball teams, endured throughout those formative years and that simpler time, was always remembered with fondness by Harold.

Following graduation he signed with the LA Dodgers, going to Vero Beach for spring training, then playing for their farm team in Kokomo, Indiana. After his baseball stint ended, he joined the US Army; first attached to Special Forces, based out of Ft. Monmouth.

The Army later assigned him to coach the Army baseball team in Europe. He was located in Nance, France but traveled throughout Europe with his team, capturing the European championship for the 2 years he served. He Returned to Bridgewater, living and working here until the 70's, when he moved near his parents in Ocala, FL. He later divided his time between FL and KY, retiring to KY in early 2009.

He will be remembered for his friendly nature, his sense of fun, innate kindness, love of family and tradition, special rapport with children and his lifetime commitment to the Philadelphia Eagles football team! Florida nor Kentucky teams could capture his interest, he remained a die hard Eagles Fan; a passion his sons learned to share.

Harold was a beloved husband to Nancy, Father to son Frank, Tom and wife, and his grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Frank (02/11/08). Harold is survived by his saddened sister, Barbara A. Jones, Bridgewater and nephew David H. Jones, Glen Gardner.

Funeral services were held in Kentucky as was interment on July 4, 2009.