Frederick W. Becher Sr. passed away on Dec. 31, 2014,only weeks shy of his ninetieth birthday. Mr. Becher is remembered as an early member of and Director for the CHSA, who was in his youth,an accomplished rider competing in the 1941 Maclay Finals at Madison Square Garden. Competing in that same class were several young people whose names are still memorable;, Jacqueline Bouvier (Kennedy), Ethel Skakel (Kennedy), William F. Buckeley Jr., and Patricia Kennedy (Lawford). Winning the Finals that year was none other than William Steinkraus. Mr. Becher graduated from the Admiral Billard Academy, and enlisted immediately in the U.S. Army. Serving in the South Pacific, he earned three Bronze Stars and after his service graduated from the Connecticut Institute of Engineering. Fred Sr., was the father of Fred Jr. and grandfather to Courtney (both CHSA members), Kristen, Eric, Stephen and Laura Becher.
Frederick Warren Becher, 89, of Portland died December 31, 2014. Born in Hartford, CT January 17, 1925; the son of Wesley R. Becher and Annie (Mortensen) Becher. Fred attended schools in Wethersfield and graduated from Admiral Billard Academy and the Connecticut Institute of Engineering. He was a WWII Army Veteran serving in the Pacific and the Liberation of the Philippian Islands. He was decorated for the Asiatic Pacific campaign with three Bronze Stars. He is survived by his loving wife Beverly (Fuller) Becher and two sons, Wesley of Glastonbury, CT and Frederick Jr. of Old Lyme, CT; stepdaughter Jacquline Burdick and her husband Thomas of East Hampton, CT, stepsons Gordon Hallberg and wife Maureen and Karl Hallberg and wife Martha. Fred leaves his 5 grandchildren Courtney, Kristen, Stephen, Eric, and Laura and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by first wife Diane Dimock, brother Morton F. Becher and son Robert G. Becher. Fred was retired from Sinco Inc. of East Hampton, CT as Vice President and comptroller of several corporations. Previously, Fred was a purchasing agent of Pratt and Whitney Aircraft East Hartford, CT. Fred was a member of the Silas Deane Lodge of Masons, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite Bodies, a past Potentate of Sphinx Shriners and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. He was a former member of The Hartford Canoe Club, the Hartford Club, the past Commodore of the Baldwin Yacht Club and member of the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club. A memorial service will be held on Monday January 5th at 11AM in Second Congregational Church in Middle Haddam with the Rev. Lois Kennedy officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice 628 Hebron Ave. Glastonbury, CT 06033. To leave online condolences please visitwww.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.