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Hal D. Beckerdite

June 8, 1943 ~ September 8, 2020 (age 77)


Hal D. Beckerdite passed away peacefully in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at the age of 77.

Hal was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and LaVantia. Hal is survived by many loving family members: his three sons Christopher, Kevin and Michael; his daughter Julie; his sisters Ann and Leah; his brother Stanley; his grandchildren Ezra, Benjamin and Samantha; his daughters-in-law Kathryn, Jeannette and Eileen; his brother-in-law Bill; and his sister-in-law Ann.

Hal was born in Pampa, Texas, on June 8, 1943. He was raised first in Pampa and then Waukesha, Wisconsin. He lived in the Chicago area as a young man and started a family. He and his young family moved to Concord, Massachusetts, in 1977. Hal made his home in Concord for the next 25 years before moving to the Cape Cod town of Yarmouth where he lived for the next 16 years. He spent the final couple years of his life in North Carolina to be near his eldest son.

Hal graduated from Waukesha High School. He studied at the University of Wisconsin and DeVry Technical Institute earning an Associate degree from the latter. Hal began his professional career in technical services roles and then embarked on a long career in technical sales positions.

Hal’s favorite pastimes included woodworking, gardening and RV camping. He enjoyed amassing an extensive collection of shop tools almost as much as he liked turning out woodworking projects. His children and grandchildren were the frequent recipients of his signature chairs, stools, toy trucks and toy earth-moving machines all rendered in handmade wooden craftsmanship. His vegetable gardens filled the summer table with a wide variety of delicious fare and always featured tomatoes as the most prized crop. Most of his travel
included camping in RV parks to experience and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor settings, from the seaside to the mountains. Relaxing by a campfire under a clear night sky is a simple pleasure which he introduced to many other people.

Hal’s family and friends remember him as an enjoyable man who appreciated being in the good company of others to share life’s experiences with him.

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