March 12, 2018
Edmund 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.