Ronald Paul Beckerle Sr., a proud lifelong resident of Pearl River, passed away Saturday January 5, 2013 at home after a long illness, with his loving family by his side. He was 78 years old.
Ronald was born on March 30, 1934 to Joseph and Edith (Keller) Beckerle. He was the beloved husband, father and grandfather of his family representing six generations in Pearl River.
Ronald is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Miriam (Loughlin) Beckerle. They married February 6, 1960 at St. John’s Church in Piermont. Together they raised four children; Carol Beckerle of Bexley, Ohio, Ronald Paul Jr. (Janet) of Pearl River, Joseph (Nicole) of Garnerville and Maria Murray (Robert) of Nanuet, as well as, 13 grandchildren; Jean Marie, Scott, John, Jack, Jillian, Hannah, Jacqueline, Julia, Sarah, Caroline, Alison, Lauren and Grace. Ronald is also survived by his sister Phyllis (Beckerle) Keese, sister-in-law Evelyn Beckerle, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Eleanor Loughlin, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents Joseph and Edith and brother Robert.
After graduating from Pearl River High School in 1952, Ronald attended The University of Vermont, but left college early to join the Air Force. His four years of service to our country included a 2 year tour on independent duty as a medic in Northern Japan during the Korean War, ending his enlistment with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Upon returning home, Ronald worked at the family-owned business, Beckerle & Brown Engineering and Construction Co., established in 1928. As Rockland County was booming at that time, Beckerle & Brown was instrumental in building the water and sewer utility infrastructure that helped the county grow. As President of Beckerle & Brown, he was also elected as the President of the Contractor and Suppliers Association of Rockland County in 1967 – at the time, the youngest person to hold that position. Later, Ronald continued his entrepreneurial ways selling heavy equipment and outdoor vehicles (State Line Equipment), as a home builder (Beckridge Builders), various real estate ventures, and ultimately finishing his career at Beckerle Lumber.
Ronald was a dedicated and active member of the community, which he loved. He was also a lifelong member of St. Margaret of Antioch Church in Pearl River, where he served as an altar boy, usher and on the church council.
A proud member of the Pearl River Rotary Club for over 50 years, Ronald served as its president in 1984-85. He was instrumental in establishing the Pearl River Rotary Scholarship Foundation and served as its first president. He also received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award for community service.
He served on the Board of Directors of Dominican College in its formative years, and was a member of Rockland Country Club for over 40 years.
A devoted and loving husband, father, businessman and friend, Ronald enjoyed golf, tennis, boating and traveling; with Hilton Head, SC being one of his favorite destinations. Despite declining health, he still looked forward to his Tuesday lunch dates with loyal friends, but most of all, being at home with his family.
The family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the many devoted and skilled professionals from United Hospice of Rockland; specifically, Peggy Baker – whose loving and compassionate care touched our lives in ways we can never truly express.
Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 7-9pm and Wednesday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. at Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret’s Church 10 AM on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ronald’s name to United Hospice of Rockland; 11 Stokum Lane New City, NY 10956, or the Pearl River Rotary Scholarship Foundation; PO Box 824 Pearl River, NY 10965