Robert L. Beckett, 69, died Feb. 14, 2010, at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland after a seven-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Robert was born Sept. 12, 1940, the son of Donald L. and Margaret Benner Beckett. He was educated in Thomaston schools and graduated in the Class of 1958 from Thomaston High School. While in high school, he was active in basketball, cross country and track.

Robert “Bob” was inducted into the U.S. Army on Oct. 2, 1963, and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. He received an honorable discharge as a private first class with a Good Conduct Medal and Expert Badge (Rifle) on Oct. 1, 1964, and remained in the Army Reserve until Sept. 30, 1969.

He was employed for many years at the former Bonnar-Vawter Printing in Rockland as a machine operator, and under new management in Belmont until its closure in the 1980s. Soon after, he became employed by MBI Security at the Mason Station in Wiscasset, and at Penobscot Bay Medical Center security in Rockport. He completed an oil burner technician course in 1992 from Kennebec Valley Technical College. Bob was also employed for several years by the town of Thomaston Public Works Department until his retirement due to illness.

In 1995 he received a certificate of recognition for his achievement and contribution of service from the Thomaston Board of Selectmen.

Bob married Patricia “Patty” Wallace on June 28, 1969, at the United Methodist Church in Camden. Since then, they have resided on Hyler Street in Thomaston, where they raised their two children, Melanie and Brian. Bob and Patty were married 40 years on June 28, 2009. Up until his illness they enjoyed celebrating their anniversary each year in Boothbay Harbor for Windjammer Days.

During his younger years Bob enjoyed spending time at his father’s woodlot in Cushing, helping his dad cut wood and also snowmobiling with his family there. Throughout his life he enjoyed bike riding, bowling, swimming, gardening, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. He also was a Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed wrestling programs and listening to country music. He was a member of William-Brazier American Legion Post No. 37 in Thomaston for the past 40 years.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, grandparents, several aunts, uncles, and his father-in-law, William Wallace of Thomaston.

He is survived by his wife, Patty, of Thomaston; his daughter, Melanie Hyatt of Thomaston; his son, Brian Beckett and his wife, Lidia, and her children of Warren; his two grandsons, Jacob Hyatt of Thomaston and Joshua Beckett of Warren; his three sisters, Shirley Stackpole and her husband, David, of Hollis, N.H., Eileen Beckett of Thomaston and her companion Maxwell Oliver of Rockland and Laurel Wigglewsorth and her husband, Fred, of Thomaston. He was Uncle Bob to nieces Debra, Carol, Beth, Ami and Jessica, and to nephews John and Fredric. He always loved time spent at family get-togethers and birthday parties. He is also survived by several relatives in Waldoboro and St. George, and by his mother-in-law, Celia Wallace of Thomaston. Bob will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the Knox Center Alzheimer Unit for their excellent care and kindness to Bob during his stay there for the past two years. Alzheimer’s disease really is the “long good-bye” and the day a cure is found is a day no one will ever forget.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at the Village Cemetery in Thomaston.

In memory of Bob, donations may be made to the Knox Center Alzheimer Unit, 6 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland.

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