Daniel Patrick Becker
Daniel Patrick Becker was born on May 2, 1948 to Charles & Bridget Becker in Brooklyn, New York. He was the second child of five siblings, a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather who will be remembered for his caring soul, exuberance for life and fun-loving spirit.
As a young boy, Dan quickly learned the value of hard work and perseverance that he carried with him throughout his life. Whether it was as a bicycle delivery boy riding though the streets of Brooklyn, or a young apprentice plumber learning the trade that would be become his career, Dan at an early age showed the dedication, loyalty and hard work that remained a constant throughout his life.
In 1967 Dan met the love of his life, Margaret. Always the life of the party, Dan knew she was his soul mate when he no longer wanted to spend his weekends partying with the guys in the Hampton’s. Midway though one of those weekends, he realized it was not where he wanted or to be. So… he left his buddies in the Hampton’s and hitchhiked back to Queens to be in Margaret’s arms instead. The rest, as they say, was history. Married in May of 1969, Dan and Margaret embarked on a 43-year marriage marked by deep and abiding love, affection and faithfulness.
1969 proved to be quite the year for Dan, as two of his other lifelong loves, the New York Mets and Jets won their respective World Championships. Just two years later, Dan and Margaret would welcome their first son, Dan. A joyous addition to the family meant the need for a more spacious home, and just a few months later they moved to the suburbs of Long Island. Baldwin would be home for the next 41 years. Brooklyn, however, remained an integral part of Dan’s identity. Despite living on Long Island for more than forty years, “Brooklyn” was always the answer to the question “Where are you from?” A dedicated member of St. Christopher’s parish in Baldwin for more than 40 years, Dan was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
In 1977, Dan and Margaret welcomed their second son, Bryan, into their lives and not long thereafter, Dan embarked on his more than 20-year career as a plumber for the New York City Housing Authority. Much of his time was once again spent in Brooklyn, servicing the City’s housing projects throughout a particularly turbulent time in New York’s inner city.
In 1992, Dan and Margaret moved just 3 miles south to a house on the water in Baldwin Harbor. Passionate about boating and a love of the sea since a young boy, the move allowed Dan to fully enjoy two of his great passions, boating and fishing, by being able to just walk out the back door and hop on the boat.
Not long after, Dan proudly watched as Dan Jr. walked across the stage at his college graduation. Bryan would also graduate from college a few years later, fulfilling one of Dan’s proudest achievements -- instilling the importance of education to his sons and providing for them so they could accomplish their life goals.
The 2000’s brought great joy to Dan’s life. Dan welcomed Heather and Shireen to the family, saw the birth of his first grandchild, and despite it being sooner than he had planned, embraced his retirement from the City of New York and the new found time to enjoy his five great passions in life: family, friends, church and the Mets and Jets.
Just last summer, Dan was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. Like any challenge he had faced in his life, Dan fought the illness with tenacity. A summer full of treatment led to an unfortunate series of complications during the fall and winter. Yet each time Dan was faced with long odds, he determinedly overcame the prognoses. Ever the Captain of his ship, it was on his terms and according to God’s plan that he left us on February 12, 2013.
Fun-loving and caring, Dan was a wonderful storyteller who was quick-witted and always ready with a joke or a funny story. Although his formal education ended after high school, he was a scholar of life. He was constantly reading, inquisitive about science, politics and foreign policy. He loved to debate and spar with his two sons about law, the criminal justice system, and whether or not the Mets made enough moves during the off-season.
Not pretentious, deeply loved. Dan was real, someone you could relate to, someone who immediately put you at ease. Extraordinary in his ability to be ordinary, down-to-earth and genuine. He told you exactly what was on his mind; he never minced words or beat around the bush. Instead, he was honest, forthright, and the kind of person who called it as he saw it.
He is survived, with great sorrow for their loss, and great joy in his high-spirited life, by his wife, Margaret; sons Dan and Bryan; daughters-in-law Heather and Shireen; grandsons Trey, Shea, Matthias, Luke, Bryan and Teagan; siblings, Charlie, Kevin, Grace and Peggy; and dog, Sadie.
Margaret, Dan Jr. and Bryan would like to especially thank their family and friends who have been so supportive and loving. In addition, they are eternally grateful for the brilliant and passionate care of Dr. Pietro Canetta at New York’s Presbyterian-Columbia Hospital and the doctors, nurses and support staff of South Nassau Community Hospital.
Reposing at the Fullerton Funeral Home, Inc., 769 Merrick Road, Baldwin, New York. Knight of Columbus service on Sunday, 2/17/2013, 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, 1/19/2013, 9:45 a.m. at St. Christopher's Church in Baldwin, New York. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. Visiting on Sunday, 1/17/2013 from 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. and Monday, 1/18/2013 from 7-9 p.m.
Thoughts & Prayers
We are so sorry.
Dan was so much fun, we really enjoyed our time with him especially Christmas Eve.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.