Paul R. Bechet
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Bechet, Paul R. NEWTON, Mass. Paul R. Bechet, 78, died November 18, 2020, peacefully at home in Newton, Mass. with his family by his side. Born in 1942 in Woonsocket, R.I. to Cecile and Arthur Bechet, Paul grew up in Utica, Syracuse, and Albany. His first nuns were the Sisters of Charity, followed by the Xaverian Brothers in High School and the Franciscans at Siena College, where he was class president his junior and senior years. He married Marianne McGuirk in 1964. He joined Peat Marwick Mitchell in Albany in 1963 and was transferred to the Paris office in 1969. He became partner in charge of the bank practice and relocated to Boston in 1976. Upon retirement from KPMG, he joined Brookline Bank as CFO. A "bon vivant," he enjoyed good conversation, sharing his love of music and stories from his many voyages around the world. Paul was an avid sports fan. He is survived by his wife, Marianne; daughters, Kate, Cynthia, Claudia; grandchildren, Claudia, Declan, Anna, and Michael; and his sisters, Jackie, Janet and Jeanne. Visitation will be held at P.E. Murray-F.J. Higgins, George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Centre St., West Roxbury, Mass. from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, November 23, followed by a funeral Mass celebrating Paul's life at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24, in Sacred Heart Parish, 1321 Centre St., Newton, Mass. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend. Masks and social distancing will be required. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Paul's memory to St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch St., Boston, MA, 02110 or For directions and guestbook visit

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Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
Paul Bechet was a Good man who loved and provided for his family without question. Always a gracious host who tolerated opposing views and sought common ground as long as you didn't push it. LOL! I'll remember him for his love of family, travel, music, and boy could he Dance! Seriously. The guy could dance! A passionate man who enjoyed the finer things in life. Stern but fare. I will miss our gatherings Paul and your reluctant participation although you were usually the last one to leave the table. I will always smile when i think of you. You showed us how it's done. Good show Paul! Brian.
Brian Mahar
November 23, 2020
We are all very sad to hear of Uncle Paul’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jen Gerard
November 23, 2020
Sad to hear of Paul's passing. He led a full life and will be missed. Our Condolences to the family
Jack Mulvey
November 23, 2020
Dear Marianne,
I am so sorry to hear about Paul. He was such a kind and lovely man. My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Love, Charlotte Forrest
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November 22, 2020
November 22, 2020
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November 22, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the families loss of one of their loved one.May the families hearts ♥ be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together with the dear loved one lost in death.As the families cherished a wonderful life that was well lived and loved by families and friends.My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the families and friends during this difficult time of grief and pain.
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November 21, 2020
Marianne..for many years I delivered the mail to you and Paul... I have always remembered your kindness and personal greetings as we met on occasion during my daily visits... I would like to convey my heartfelt condolences in your loss...he was a fine gentleman and I’m sure will be
missed by many....may God bless and carry you through this difficult time......Bill Holland
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