Jay Alan Beechie

01/03/1950 - 02/14/2015 Obituary
Jay Alan Beechie Obituary
Our Father in Heaven was holding a celebration and there was room for one more. Jay Beechie recieved an invitation, a sort of a call he couldn't refuse, for an engagement from which he would not be returning. Jay was never one for travel or social gatherings, he preferred the home hearth. But God was insistent - So on St. Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015, in his home in Bakersfield, California with his loving wife Mary at his side, at age 65, Jay, after a five month battle with cancer embraced his final journey and now resides in the Eternal Flame of Our Lord's bosom.
Like the times of olde, Jay lived by a code: First God, then family, and then country and when he promised to do something, he always did it. He went to church every Sunday, and attempted with much success to attend daily mass. He offered a nightly rosary wherein he prayed for the intentions and souls of his family, friends and for the clergy of the Church. He had a love for history and would often regale you with interesting antidotes from the annuals of time. At the age of 40 he became a Sheriff Deputy, a career he had desired for much of his life. After 23 years in the Kern County Sheriff's Depart. he retired on Veteran's Day, 11-11-2011.
He is survived by his wife Mary of 38 years; their four daughters Bernadette, Teresa, Catherine and Rachel; their son Joseph; and their six grandchildren, Indiana, Drake, Baden, Reese, Ayla and Madeleine. He is also survived by his siblings Fay Fyock, Anne Nunes and Bret Beechie. Jay was preceded in death by his parents Gerald and Anita (Gadaire) Beechie, his sister Lynn Beechie and his brother Bruce Beechie.
On Friday February 27. 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00pm there will be a viewing at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3700 River Blvd., with a rosary at 6:00pm. On Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00am a Requiem Mass will be presided by Father Joseph Baca at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1800 Bedford Way. Pallbearers include: Joseph Beechie, Luke Ferguson, Jayde Howe, William Lewis, Ben Gallaher and Robert Gallaher. A burial will follow the mass at Greenlawn Cemetery.
How we wish we could have had longer.
The Valentine's Day and many more to come we will always remember you!
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Dómine; ex lux perpetua lúceat eis.
(Eternal rest give to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them)
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 25, 2015
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