I worked With Alan @ Suncom. His nick name was "The Celestial Mechanic". We were sent to Lincoln NE to fix a weird problem. ZI think I had only been onboard for 2 weeks. We were going through the Fortran listings where I spotted something strange. Alan listened to me, took the ball, fixed the problem and it took us less than 3 hours. Everyone @ Suncom thought it would take at least a week. Ever since then he was kind of my big brother. Requiescat in pachem my brother!
I hold Alan in high regard. He was talented, intelligent, ornery, funny, and kind. A substantial human being. Whenever he came to the office, he spoke of his Ginger with such admiration and devotion. I'm glad you found each other, and so terribly sorry for this loss.
Alan was very special to me, a father figure and friend. We could spend hours talking and exploring ideas. He had a brilliant mind and a passion for teaching so I learned a lot from him. He was an affectionate soul and he had a way of making me feel special whenever I was around him. He always told me he was the luckiest man for marrying the love of his life, Ginger. I will miss him very much.
Our condolences to you and your family, cherish those special memories. We remember you living and being a part of our family. It is sad how family's drift apart. Dad "Shorty" will be 95 in June.
Sincerely, Leonard "Shorty" Beckley family
my dad was a very interesting man, took me most of my life to understand him.he taught me tons through helping me think for myself and helping me see choices to which i could make decisions. Thank you Daddy i will miss you
Alan was one of my dearest friends. He was one of the brightest men I will ever know, with far-ranging interests and a contagious curiosity. He and I both tended toward loquaciousness and laughed about the sometimes painful ways we learned to shut up and listen. That laughter was key to our friendship. We enjoyed immensely the never-ending contest of who would maintain the deadpan face the longest. It was a contest that was always a delight, win or lose. I will treasure our friendship for the rest of my days. It will always lead me to learning, caring, laughing, and to truly appreciate the twinkle in someone's eye. My heart goes out to Ginger, Rex, and all of his family. Alan certainly felt like family to me.