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Edmund F. "Big Ed" Becker

March 12, 2018

Edmund F. BeckerEdmund F. "Big Ed" Becker, 80, of Watertown passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Thursday, March 15, from 4 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Friday, March 16, at 11AM followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

Ed was born in Albany on August 31, 1937, son of Edmund A. and Marie Lehman Becker and he attended Vincentian Institute in Albany. He then joined the US Army, serving actively from November 14, 1955 to November 13, 1958. As a Sergeant First Class, he transferred into the Army Reserves.

On May 14, 1960 he married Sally DeCastro at Holy Family Church with Rev. Eugene Beaudet officiating. Mrs. Becker died January 25, 2012.

Big Ed worked as a teletype and communication technician for Western Union and retired after 30 years of service to the company. He then was a civilian staff assistant for the 479th Engineer Battalion at the Lesso-Leano Army Reserve Center on S. Massey St., Watertown, fully retiring in September 1999. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church, where he was a volunteer counter, adult server, and Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the Brownville American Legion for 29 years. Ed was a life member (over 51 years) of Elks Lodge 496, where he was a past officer and Elk of the Year. He was also a member of Baldy Creek Rod and Gun Club.

He was an avid golfer, a member of Rustic Golf Club, and he was known for making and repairing golf clubs for many local golfers. His interests included photography, cooking and baking, wine making, and was very active in his grandchildren's activities.

Ed is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Terese and Mark Bartlett, Adams Center and Jennifer and John Lachenauer, Watertown; six grandchildren, Katie, M. Andrew, and Danielle Bartlett, and Nathanial, Ethan, and Samuel Lachenauer; one great granddaughter, Aubree Bartlett; his brother, Joseph J. Becker, Speigletown; several nieces, nephews, and cousins and life long friends.

Big Ed's family would like donations made to Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#15 Dave and Sue Farrell 2018-03-15 16:33
Jenn and family, so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.Our condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.
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#14 Diane Davis Stone 2018-03-14 16:59
Terese and Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Loved your Mom and Dad and have very fond memories of them. My mother is living near me in Albany so she will not be able to attend services. She sends her condolences.
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#13 Don and Karen Hamc 2018-03-14 12:47
Ed Becker was a kind soul, always cheerful and positive. He seemed to appreciate everything in his life. He has been our neighbor since we moved in, two doors down, almost five years ago. We are sad for your family's loss and want you to know that Ed will truly be missed.
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#12 kelly Flanagan Hall 2018-03-14 10:06
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Take comfort knowing you have many wonderful memories to hold onto. Again, so very sorry.
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#11 MAJ Bill Otis 2018-03-14 06:55
Ed and I worked together in the US Army Reserves in the 1970's - he was a great asset to the Communications Section in the years I knew him.
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#10 Pam Kostyk 2018-03-13 21:00
Terese and family long distance hugs to you and your sister at the loss of your “very accomplished “ dad haven’t seen scene you in while but what a great talk,
You are my favorite friend. Saddenes and love ❤️ Pamela and Gerry Kostyk
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#9 Betsy Netto Thompson 2018-03-13 17:03
Dear Terese & Family & Jennifer & Family. I'am so Sorry to hear your Dad passed away. He & Sally are together again. Just know all of you are in my thoughts & prayers. My husband is going on Hospice tomorrow so if I don't get to calling hrs & funeral, please understand..Lov e, Betsy
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#8 Dave and Jann Bonney 2018-03-13 15:19
Therese and Jennifer, we are very sorry as to the passing of Ed. Jann and I always enjoyed the dinners we attended with Ed and your mom at the Elks. He was truly a gentleman and I know he will be remembered as a true friend to many. May be rest in peace.
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#7 Nicole Patten 2018-03-13 15:13
Jen & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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#6 Janet Parody 2018-03-13 11:55
To the entire family, my condolences are sent. Big Ed was a great person and family man. Many hugs are going your way from me.
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