Businesswoman and GOP activist Linda Bean dies at 82

 March 26, 2024

The Hill reported that the granddaughter of L.L. Bean founder Leon Leonwood Bean passed away this weekend at the age of 82.

In addition to founding the Perfect Maine Lobster brand in 2007, Linda Bean was known as a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump.

Bean remembered "for her amazing work ethic"

Veronika Carlson served as Bean's business manager, and she provided a statement to the Associated Press regarding her passing.

"Linda was known for her amazing work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit as well as her pride and dedication to her home state of Maine and L.L.Bean, the company her grandfather founded. Our hearts go out to her family and friends," the statement read.

Perfect Maine put out a statement of its own, declaring, "In 2007 Linda took a strong interest in helping to brand and advance Maine lobster, a year when landings by all licensed Maine fishing family boats totaled 68 million pounds."

"During her years of operations and expansions, Maine's landings have doubled, pushing the need for creative marketing, thus spawning Linda's latest idea," the statement added.

State senator say he "will always be grateful to Linda Bean"

Tributes to the late businesswoman quickly appeared on social media, including from Maine Republican state Sen. Eric Brakey, who said he "will always be grateful to Linda Bean."

Brakey hailed Bean as "a woman who believed in liberty" before recalling how she "marched out with us in protest at the 2012 RNC over the treatment of [Ron Paul], and who mentored me in politics these last 12 years."

The Hill noted that Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins spoke up as well, recalling how Maine's "coastal communities, islands, and art, particularly by the Wyeths, had a special place" in Bean's heart.

Both Republicans and Democrats express kind words

Collins went on to praise Bean for being "an astute businesswoman who promoted Maine lobster through her restaurants."

"Many a time while waiting for my plane in Portland, I had a cup of her famous lobster stew at her airport restaurant," the senator explained. "My heart goes out to her sons and other family members as they mourn the loss of this remarkable Mainer."

The Hill noted that some Democrats also had kind words for Bean, including Maine Gov. Janet Mills, who said she was "saddened" to hear that she had passed away.

"While her politics did not align with mine, Linda and I found common ground in our mutual love of our home state, of the coast of Maine and our working waterfronts, of Maine inspired art and of the perfect Maine lobster roll," Mills was quoted as saying.

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