David J. Becker, age 95

of Braintree

David J. Becker, age 95

David J. Becker, age 95, a longtime Braintree resident, died suddenly, Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at home.

David was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late William J. and Clara (Fischer) Becker. He was raised and educated in Trevose, Pa. He had lived in Braintree for the past seventy-two years.

David was a decorated, disabled World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army’s 78th Infantry Division. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in the European Theater on March 20, 1945, which resulted in the amputation of his right arm. David also received the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and American Campaign Medal.

David served as chief of the prosthetics and sensory aid service at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston, retiring in 1972 after twenty-six years of service. In retirement, he enjoyed organizing monthly luncheons for former VA employees in Greater Boston.

He was instrumental in the 1950s campaign creating special license plates for Massachusetts veterans.

In 1991, he founded the 1958 Cadillac Owners Association, comprised of nearly one thousand members globally. Dave was also a talented craftsman and enjoyed working on his home. Most of all, he was devoted to his family.

Beloved husband for over fifty years of the late Edith B. (McNutt) Becker.

Devoted father of Christine M. McEnaney of Dartmouth, Robert J. Becker of Braintree and his girlfriend Jennifer Hautala, and the late David J. Becker, Jr.

Loving grandfather of three and great-grandfather of six.

One of ten siblings, he was the brother of William R. Becker of S.C., Edward A. Becker, Mary E. Becker, both of Calif., and was pre-deceased by six.

Dave is also survived by his companion, Constance “Connie” Shaw, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Tuesday, February 4, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visitation prior to the service from 10–11 a.m. At the request of the family, private interment services, with military honors, will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, Advancement Office, 17 Court Street, P.O. Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257.

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  • TO BOB, CHRISTINE AND ALL THE BECKER FAMILY. MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO ALL. DAVE AND I HAVE BEEN CLOSE FRIENDS FOR 30 YEARS. I AM SADDENED BY THE LOSS OF MY GOOD FRIEND.
    THANK YOU DAVE FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICES TO OUR COUNTRY IN PROTECTING US IN OUR TIME OF NEED. GOD BLESS YOU DAVE. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.

    SINCERELY,

    DOUG MENZ

  • I have know Mr. Becker through his son Bob. He was a very caring person, and love life to the fullest. He also was a very independent man with his disabilities from the War. I am so glad i had the pleasure of mertingi him and his with! I’m sure he will be missed by many,! Rip Mr. Becker! Prayer and love to you! Alice

  • My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Bob and Jen. I’ve known the Becker family for close to 50 years and for many of those years both Dave and Edith felt like second parents to me. Bob is one of my oldest and closest friends. It seems I’ve known them all for most of my adult life and they all mean the world to me. God’s richest blessings be on the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Dave was an extremely fine man and I have no doubt that I’ll see him again in the here-after. Bob and Jen, my love is with you.

  • I am a member of the 1958 Cadillac Owners Association, which Dave founded in 1991. He was still working as our Director up until the night before his death, as I received an email from him about club business. I am very saddened to hear of his death, but very grateful for having known him. I only met him in person once, but I feel like I know him much better than that. This group of approximately 1000 people from all 50 states and many countries around the world are thinking fondly of Dave and considering his family in our thoughts and prayers.– Brian DeFord, Chesterland, OH.

  • sorry for for your loss.

  • If you see a 1958 Cadillac cruising down the road, you can thank Dave Becker for he either directly or indirectly had an influence on that car being roadworthy.Somewhere along the line, someone getting or keeping that car on the road used information from the 1958 Cadillac Owners’ Association or one of its members. I offer my personal thanks as well as the gratitude of thousands around the world who benefited from his actions. It was an honor to have met him and his service to our country is greatly appreciated.

  • I get in contact with Dave in the late 90s when I joined the 1958 Cadillac Owners Association.
    Dave did such a great job for the Cadillac collector community and will be missed greatly by many here in Europe.

    I’m thankful for his email friendship and as a Germany I’m especially thankful for Dave’s service in WWII. As we were recently remembering Auschwitz 75 years since camp’s liberation, I think it’s important to point this out to never forget.

    My deepest sympathy to Dave’s family and those who already miss him.
    Lars Schenk, Germany

  • David my you rest in peace . I would like to say thankyou for your service one last time . It was a privilege for both my husband and my self to be a friend of yours .

  • Dear Chris, Bob, Danielle, Peter and Sons, Carol and Family, Connie…and so many others who were blessed by David Becker’s extraordinarily positive, engaging, active, caring, and generous, long life. He was our Becker-Family Patriarch/historian/archivist–including us in many email memories and photos from the 1940’s and earlier…after having compiled a genealogy for our big Family years ago, urging us to keep it updated. Even tho’ his many “Becker” nephews and nieces are a great distance from each other–living in CA, PA, NJ, FL, OR, VA, and other places, our Uncle Dave managed to preserve for us a sense of Family connection. Irreplaceable.
    He enjoyed a challenge–even in small things (not so small for any of us)–with one arm…and after surgery on his hand…figuring out an ingenious way to butter his toast. He celebrated life every day–a life that always involved others…cleverly (one arm,remember) growing hundreds of tomatoes in a small space, and giving them away to neighbors; or loaning his precious old Cadillac(s) as wedding limousines to family/friends; supporting the Fisher House along-side a Grand-daughter and then cheering for her as she prepared for and ran The Boston Marathon; being there in support of his great-grand-childrens’ efforts and successes; being everything in his 1958 Cadillac Club–so many things he did quietly…I might know 1% of what he did. In addition to my own Dad and other Uncles who served, I think of my Uncle Dave as our Country’s hero. My own family celebrated and thanked him whenever the occasion arose. And he was so proud of his children, grand-children, great-grand-children…sharing photos of you and enjoying your accomplishments. Thank you, Uncle Dave, for being here for so many of us…no matter how we met you. You are already so-much missed.
    Love, Niece Joanne (Becker) Re and Husband Richard in Hampton, VA

  • It was my privilege to communicate with Dave on 1958 Cadillac matters. Reading his obituary firmly documents that he enjoyed a long life, and lived it well. We should all be so lucky! His many interests prove that he was truly a man for others. Farewell and Godspeed to a great man.

    James P. Ruiz
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • My sincerest condolences to Dave’s family and those who already miss him.

    I am a Dutch member of the 1958 Cadillac Owners Association since almost 20 years.
    Thanks to all the knowledge made available through the club he started (and kept on the road for all these years) we were all able to drive our cars for years and years to come.
    As Lars Schenk already pointed out he will be missed greatly by many here in Europe.

  • So sad for you for your loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. I remember when your family would come to visit, usually at Micajah’s Pond, his usual greeting was “Do you remember your Uncle Dave?” He was tall, good looking, had a moustache, drove a Cadillac, smoked a cigar, and only had one arm. I used to think to myself, “Of course I remember you!!” We had a nice exchange of emails over Christmas and Uncle Dave shared several family photos with me. I am grateful for that. I was thinking of him on Tuesday as Tom and I were touring the battlefields in Gettysburg as I knew he was from PA. I am sorry to miss the services but we are in Florida for the month. Our sincere condolences. RIP Uncle Dave
    Cath

  • Dave was not only a member of The Great Generation He was a GREAT ONE.

    Dave served his country with honor, was wounded and “disabled” went on to do accomplish things and lead a life that those who were “able” could not do. Dave’s legacy will live on forever
    Dave had compassion for his fellow human beings…a trait unfortunately not that common today
    Jay Hirsch 58 Caddy Club
    Vietnam 1st CAV 1968/69