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BECHET, Paul R. Father, Businessman, World Traveler Age 78, died peacefully at his home in Newton, MA, lovingly attended to by his wife Marianne on November 18, 2020. Born in 1942 in Woonsocket, RI to Cecile and Arthur Bechet, Paul grew up in Utica, Syracuse, and Albany, NY. His first nuns were the Sisters of Charity with their wings, followed by the Xaverian Brothers in High School and finally his beloved Franciscans at Siena College in Albany, NY. He was Head Altar Boy on the Bishop's crew in Syracuse and Class President during his Freshman year at Cathedral High School in Syracuse, in his Junior year at St. Francis de Sales High School in Utica and at Siena College in his Junior and Senior years. He met Marianne McGuirk at a Siena College dinner of class officers in 1962. Though both were with other dates, Paul got Marianne's phone number from a friend and they soon began dating, marrying in 1964. Upon graduation from Siena College in 1963 he joined Peat Marwick Mitchell in Albany, NY and was transferred to the Paris Office in 1969. He became Partner in charge of the Bank Practice and relocated to Boston in 1976 to head up the Bank Practice there. Upon retirement from KPMG, he joined Brookline Bank as CFO. He loved his Partners and Dick Chapman, President of Brookline. Paul lived guided by the values of his Catholic education - to strive for excellence in every endeavor. He expanded his understanding and appreciation of other cultures through travel, visiting every state in the US and every corner of the world. Travel brought him huge joy and he was always eager to share all he had seen and experienced. He loved life, good food, music, and adventure. All his tireless work was in service of a job well done and for his family. He believed in doing the right thing, exercising a strict discipline - Church every week, never had a parking or speeding ticket, always being the first to shovel his driveway after a snow storm. Upon becoming a grandfather, he chose the nickname "Voice of Reason" rather than the more traditional Grandpa. A lifelong Red Sox fan from his early years in Rhode Island, he remained loyal to the team while growing up in New York during the height of Yankees success. He observed the travails and triumphs of the Sox over the years, regularly attending Saturday home games from his seat in Section 19. His favorite player was Ted Williams - Pedro Martinez the finest pitcher he ever saw. A bon vivant, he was the "king" of his table at dinner parties. He enjoyed good conversation and liked to share his diverse love of music which ranged from The Temptations to The Moody Blues, Dave Brubeck, and Queen. One of Paul's favorite hobbies was jigsaw puzzles. He assembled huge puzzles, some 12,000 pieces or more. True to his auditing self, he logged the time spent working on each puzzle so he could accurately report completion time. He is survived by his wife Marianne, daughters Kate and her husband John, Cynthia, Claudia and her husband Larry, grandchildren Claudia, Declan, Anna and Michael, and his sisters Jackie, Janet and Jeanne. Visitation will be held at the P.E. Murray-F.J. Higgins, George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Centre St., WEST ROXBURY, from 4-7 PM on Monday, November 23, followed by a Funeral Mass celebrating Paul's life at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 24, at Sacred Heart Parish, 1321 Centre St., Newton. 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, P.E. Murray-F.J. Higgins George F. Doherty & Sons West Roxbury 617 325 2000

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Published in Boston Globe from Nov. 20 to 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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