Robert John BECKER

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BECKER, Robert John Aug. 13, 1933-Dec. 2, 2012. After 79 years embracing life's adventures, Robert succumbed to cancer in Largo. He was born in Beaver Falls, NY, graduated from McKinley H.S. in Buffalo and served in the army from 1954-56, where he received two medals. The majority of his career was in the vending business with Interstate and Canteen until retirement in 1997. Robert enjoyed golf, tennis, biking, beach walks and the beautiful Florida sunshine, all shared with his wife, Dolores. He was also an award-winning watercolor artist. Robert was a member of the Brighton Park Sr. Men's G.C., the Sr. Center and St. Christopher's Church in Tonawada, NY. He was predeceased by his parents John (1984), and Catherine (1998), and his wife of 35 years, Lola Becker (1999). He is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Dolores Fusco Faherty Becker; his sons, Leonard and Jeffrey (Christina) Mitchell; sister, Elizabeth (Dick) Smith; Dolores' children, Mary Beth (Daniel) Carney, Kevin (Lynne) Faherty, and Susan (Steve) Heap; 13 grandchildren and many relatives and friends who he loved very much. A memorial Mass will be held Dec. 15, 2012, at 11 am at St. Jerome's Church, Largo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bay Pines VA HCS Hospice, P.O. Box 5005 Bay Pines, FL 33744.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 9, 2012