OBITUARY

Albert J. Bibeau

June 16, 1947February 3, 2021

Mr. Albert J. Bibeau Jr. passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Albert was born on June 16,1947, the son of the late Albert J. Bibeau Sr. and Theresa A. (Montano) Bibeau. He attended Quinnipiac College and Southern Connecticut State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in History, with a minor in English, as well as a Master of Science in Sociology. He later earned a Sixth Year Degree in Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.

His passion for teaching can be seen in his long and distinguished career of forty-six years in the Social Studies Department of Bethel High School, as well as his service as a long time adjunct professor at both Western Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. During his career, Al also enjoyed coaching the Bethel High Girls’ Tennis team as well as serving as advisor to the Student Council.

Al was beloved and respected by all for his wit, knowledge, and the concern he showed for each of his students as unique and important individuals. As a result of his lengthy teaching career, Al had the rewarding opportunity to teach two generations of Bethel students and gained great satisfaction from the relationships he formed with them. His expressions and sayings came to be known as ‘Bibeau-isms’, and are today a part of the lexicon of thousands of current and former Bethel High School students.

Al had a lifelong passion for music. He attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, now known as CBS Media Arts Center, where he trained to be a disc jockey before pursuing his teaching career. While growing up, his family loved gathering to listen to his extensive record collection, and learn from his vast knowledge of music.

Al possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the Sixties, in particular social justice issues, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the ‘New Frontier’. He could never resist a discussion of his favorite historical figure, President J. F. Kennedy. In November 1960, he had a life-defining experience when he witnessed candidate John F. Kennedy’s historic speech in downtown Waterbury during one of the final campaign events. Throughout his life he remained a student of the Kennedy Era and collected and read virtually every book written about the time period.

The 2014 ‘Wildcat’ yearbook was dedicated to Mr. Bibeau. On the dedication page, the students identified why Mr. Bibeau was special to them. It read, in part, “When alumni think back to what made their experience so great, it is Mr. Bibeau and his brilliant personality. He’s someone you can tell great news to and be guaranteed one accolade or twenty. Even though there may be an age gap between him and us, he’s one of the few teachers who is able to truly connect with the kids and keep them enthralled day in and day out. Anyone can tell, that what he wants to do is teach and be there for all of us. He’s not doing what he does because it benefits him, he is doing it because he truly loves to spend each of his days, with each one of us. It will be a sad day when a graduating class is unable to be delighted by the illuminating superstar that is Albert Bibeau”.

Albert is survived by his loving wife of thirty-six years Jacqueline Cains Bibeau and their beloved daughter Theresa Marie Bibeau of Newtown. Albert leaves behind his sister, Lorraine Carver (William) of Middlebury, and his sister Estelle Cote (Ralph) of Bristol.

In addition, Albert is survived by his father-in-law Ronald Cains (Madeline) of Charlotte, NC, his sister-in-law Valerie Cains Moss (Scott) of Sandy Hook, and brother-in-law Parker Cains (Devon) of Charlotte, NC and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and his closest friend of 47 years and fellow educator Loren Euvrard of Danbury.

Funeral services will be privately observed at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown. A private Christian burial will follow in the spring at Newtown Village Cemetery. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a time to be determined, when larger gatherings are safely permitted.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Mr. Bibeau to The Bethel Education Foundation, PO Box 92, Bethel, CT 06801.

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Louanne Ambrose

February 20, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family of Al Bibeau. Sudden loss of those we love is so very hard to endure. Al was loved by many. The tributes of his students is testimonial to his enduring legacy. Prayers for all of you. May your many memories comfort you in your sorrow. Holding all of you in my thoughts.

Louanne Ambrose

Gina Greco

February 13, 2021

Mr. Bibeau was a one-of-a-kind teacher. He had my whole family as students including my dad, aunts, uncles, cousins and brother. It felt like he was a part of my own family!
Mr. Bibeau always showed me genuine kindness in school and even after, just as he did with everyone. He was also the funniest man I ever knew.
He inspired me to become a teacher. He encouraged me to go to college even when I felt like I couldn’t. He always believed in me.
Mr. Bibeau was a bright and amazing soul, and I will never forget him for as long as I live.

Leah Di Carlo (Kocse)

February 12, 2021

I graduated from Bethel High School back in 1994, and Mr. Bibeau was one of my favorite teachers! I’ve been living in Pennsylvania for several years now, and was devastated when my friend Lisa told me about his passing. I can honestly say that Mr. Bibeau was one of the best teachers I have ever had. His witty comments stay with me to this day, like when he encouraged us to go get our West Conn IDs (because we were taking a college course with him) so we could show them to people nonchalantly and look cool... and the time he told us his wife shopped so much that she had her own parking space at Macy’s with a star ⭐️ that bared her name. Always with a smile on his face, and a quick witted response for a laugh, I will always remember him for making my high school learning experience FUN! We love you Mr. Bibeau, and we are forever grateful for how much you loved us! Thank you!

Richard & Carol Melillo

February 10, 2021

Blessings to a wonderful person and family.
Thanks for the memories from Bethel High and more.
Great.
Richard & Carol Melillo

Jess Rosa

February 10, 2021

Mr.Bibeau, He was one of the most memorable teachers I've ever had and one of my favorite ones too; he was a mentor to me, and I learned alot from him. He had a blow horn he kept on top of his desk, and he wasnt sound of technology, he still had old school projecter, and movies only was seen with VHS tapes. I still remember he would have us watch the debates during the election and write a paper. "Remember to have your light popcorn and a dr pepper, remember don't forget to heat up;" its sad that the upcoming graduates aren't gonna get to meet such a man. Im very thankful he was a part of my life and my family's life too. Me and one of his other students, from not that long ago, were just talking about him like a couple weeks ago, and saying the man is never going to retire. Well I hope you get to teach from above!
Thanks Mr.BiBeau! #RIPMr.BiBeau.

Jessica Rosa

February 10, 2021

Mr.BiBeau, He was one of the most memorable teachers I've ever had and one of my favorite ones too; he was a mentor to me, and I learned alot from him. He had his blow horn that was a thing he always kept in his desk. I don't think I've ever seen him really upset at all.
Thanks Mr.BiBeau! #RIPMr.BiBeau.

Trish Romanello Macaluso

February 9, 2021

I am very sad to hear of Mr. Bibeau’s passing. My prayers are with his daughter and his wife (who in 1984 he fondly referred to as “foxsetta”). I had the privilege of being his student both in the classroom and on the tennis court. Some of my fondest life memories are being on his tennis team. He would encourage me to practice all winter so that I could be my best come spring. He was a gifted teacher who brought his social studies class on a daily adventure. Heaven gained a GOOD one.

Jessica Fuentes

February 9, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Bibeau’s passing. I was privileged to be a student of his at Bethel High, at WCSU and one of his tennis players on the BHS team. He truly loved teaching by keeping the students engaged with his Bibeau-isms and what we all were doing. He made me think about what we were studying and not just “go through the motions” for a grade. We could express an opinion and he would ensure respect given to you by the class on that.

My condolences to his wife (who he would speak of often when they were dating), his daughter, his family, friends, colleagues, current students and former students. May his memories bring smiles through this difficult time. Prayers of comfort to all and rest in Paradise, Beebs.

Sandra Montano-DiFederico

February 9, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of the sad unexpected news of Albert's passing. May God sent strength, courage, and comfort to his beautiful family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Rosemary Moore

February 8, 2021

My deepest condolences to Al's entire family and his many friends, especially to his wife and daughter, Jackie and Theresa, and his two sisters, Estelle and Lorraine. May he rest in love.

FROM THE FAMILY