Howard Becker
Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory - Venice
265 South Nokomis Avenue
Venice, FL
Becker, Howard
Oct. 14, 1915 - Sep. 9, 2014
Howard Hancox Becker of Venice, Florida, formerly of West Hartford, CT, died peacefully in his sleep on September 9, 2014, at the age of 98 at Pinebrook Center, Venice, Florida. He was born October 14, 1915 to Henry Wilhelm and Sadie Eliza Victoria Hancox Becker in The Bronx, NY. He spent his youth in Yonkers, NY until he went to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He graduated form Bates in 1938, cum laude with honors. While at Bates he was on the Debate Team and managed the team, managed the marching band, was president of the Publishing Association, and a member of the Politics Club.
In 1940 he married Kathryn Thomas, whom he had met at Bates. She died in August 1989.
After graduation he worked two years at GE and then at Liberty Mutual as a claims adjuster for 7 years. He then began work for LIMRA (Life Insurance and Marketing Research Association) in Hartford, CT, where he stayed until he retired after 33 years having worked his way up to Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer. He had several consultant jobs after his retirement.
A charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, CT, he served as a deacon, trustee, and 5 terms as an elder, including 3 times as Clerk of Session. He also sand in the choir and chaired several building committees. Active in the community as well, he worked with the Boy Scouts, was active in the Jaycees, and served 15 years on the Hot Squad of the Red Cross.
In the fall of 1994 he moved to Venice, Florida. He married Nancy Heinze in March 1998. In Venice he continued his church involvement at Venice Presbyterian Church. He was President of the Men's Fellowship for 4 years and served as an Elder. During his term of three years he was chair for the Personnel Committee and helped persuade Kim Curran to join the staff as Chief Operating Officer. He also ran the annual golf tournament for several years.
Howard had lots of hobbies, but perhaps the most ambitious was the Railroad Garden he built in his backyard after seeing and being intrigued by one in Maine when he was 90. The railroad winds among houses, a church, flowers, over a pond and through a tunnel. He enjoyed demonstrating it to his family and friends. His wife Nancy has vowed to keep it maintained and running.
Howard was predeceased by his mother and father, his brother, Richard, and his first wife Kathryn. He is survived by his wife Nancy and her 3 sisters, Jean Samson, Barbara Battye and M. Carolyn Robinson and their children, his daughter Ann and her husband Bruce Wiersma, and grandchildren Heather (and Richard) Charity, Jennifer (and Norman) Madore, Joshua (and Jonida Basha) Wiersma and Robin Wiersma and great-grandchildren Raiden, Ayla, and Bowen Charity, Savannah Madore, and Alba Wiersma; also Howard's daughter Carol and husband David Olson and grandchildren Stephanie Olson, Peter Olson, and Brian (Maria) Olson.
A memorial service for Howard will be held at Venice Presbyterian Church, on the island at 825 The Rialto, on Tuesday, September 16 at 11:00 AM, interment at 10:30 AM in the church's Memorial Garden. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who were proud to call him 'FRIEND.'
Donations may be made in Howard's memory to Venice Presbyterian Church.
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Published by Herald Tribune from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2014.
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I worked with Howard at Liama/Limra for many years. One thing I remember about him is that he had a collection of different colored glass electric street light pole insulators. My Brother-in-law was a lineman and he had a number of unique ones in his garage. I convinced him to let me have a couple of them and I gave them to Howard for his collection. He was delighted! My condolences to Howard's Wife and his family.
Janet Franklin
September 17, 2014
I worked with Howard from 1972 to 1980. He was a great person. To his family my deepest sympathy.
Bernie Brooks, Bloomfield, Connecticut.
September 16, 2014
To the family of Howard Becker,
I first met Mr. Becker in May 1975 at LIMRA. I was so fortunate that on my 1st day of employment at LIMRA, that Mr. Becker gave me my endoctrination. You can't imagine the fear I had of going into the Vice President's big office on my 1st day. Mr. Becker put me at ease right away and made it clear that LIMRA was the best place to work and if I needed his assistance ever, he would always be available. He was right - some 39 1/2 years later, I am now looking at retiring to FL. I only wish that I knew he could have been just 10 minutes north of our new home in FL. When I think of Mr. Becker, I always think of that first day and what a kind and wonderful man he was. I could tell by reading his obituary that you all felt blessed to have him in your lives too. May the loving memories and God's grace be with you all.
With deep sympathy,
Bette Conlon
Bette Conlon
September 15, 2014
I Worked with Howard at LIAMA/LIMRA and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Carolyn Brooks-Burton
September 15, 2014
I worked a few years with Howard and found him to be a talented, intelligent man. But mainly I thought of him as being kind. That's a huge plus in my book. I wish all of his family well.
Chris Amorosino
September 15, 2014
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