NEWFOUNDLAND — Services were held for Stephen Williams Beecher Sr., 75, of Brigantine, who died on Monday, February 25, 2013. He was the brother of Laurie Bonanno of this community.
Born in New York City, Mr. Beecher was raised in Towaco and lived in Florham Park before moving to Brigantine in 2011. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Later, he was head teller for Morris County Savings Bank, Florham Park before being hired by the Florham Park Police Department in 1962, where he worked for 14 years. At the same time, he also worked part-time for WAT Construction.
In 1976, he was hired as an investigator for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, where he worked before retiring in 1991 as an investigator sergeant. Subsequently, he worked for Warnock Fleet in East Hanover and for the Morris County Engineering Department as a senior road inspector before retiring again in 2011. He was a member of many professional and volunteer organizations as well, including PBA No. 78; Florham Park-Madison American Legion No. 43; the Marine Corp League; the Town Center Task Force of Florham Park; the Morris County Board of Elections, where he was a poll worker for 10 years; the Florham Park Republican County Committee, where he served as treasurer; the Retired Police and Fire of Morris County, where he served as treasurer; Florham Park-Fairfield BPOE No. 815, where he served as exalted ruler from 1986 to 1989; and the North West District, where he served as state vice president from 1993 to 1994.
Services were Friday at Hancliffe Home for Funerals, East Hanover, followed by burial at Holy Rood Cemetery, Morristown. Donations may be sent to a
or to the Police Unity Tour, P.O. Box 528, Florham Park, NJ 07932.
Mr. Beecher also is survived by his wife, the former Judith Bailey; his sons, Stephen of Randolph, and Jeffrey of Florida; his daughter, Jacqueline of Florida; his brother, Gordon of Shelton, Conn.; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Annie.
Published in Suburban Trends on Mar. 5, 2013