Dr. William's Story
Dr. William E. Becker, 73, of Naples Florida and the Allegany County area, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, surrounded by family.
Bill was born in Baltimore on April 6, 1944, and was the son of the late Julia (Puglisi) and Charles Becker. He was a graduate of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, and was ordained by the Catholic Church, serving as a priest in the Baltimore Archdiocese. Following his service as a priest, Bill pursued a career in medicine, graduating from the University of Maryland Medical School. He did his residency in general surgery at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, and later finished his urology residency in Norfolk, Virginia. Bill then completed his fellowship in microsurgery and prosthetics at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. Upon completion of his fellowship, Bill moved to Carson City, Nevada in 1984 where he practiced medicine for seven years before moving to Cumberland.
In 1991, Bill began his urology practice in Cumberland, and was a member of the medical staff at both Sacred Heart and Memorial hospitals. He later became a member of Western Maryland Health System, where he was awarded Emeritus Status in 2017.
Bill was a musician who played the upright bass and had a love for bluegrass music. He was instrumental in starting the Cumberland bluegrass jam sessions at the Queen City Creamery, and proudly passed his love of music on to his children. He was supportive in all of his children's activities, and loved spending time with his given and chosen family. Bill had a contagious zest for life in all that he did, and loved traveling, particularly to Italy, bike riding, family meals, skiing, following the Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey team, and carrying on his Italian traditions, such as planting fig trees with his dear friend Nick. He also had great appreciation for animals, and was an active volunteer at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, a rehabilitation center for injured wildlife in Naples, Florida. In Allegany County, Bill attended St. Michael's Catholic Church and was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Naples, Florida.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Truehart, and his brother-in-law, Kurt Kulewsky. He is survived by his wife, Debra L. (Kulewsky) Becker; his children, Drew C. Becker and his fiancée Libbi Klearman, and Erin M. Deter and husband Jarrod; his brother, Robert C. Becker and wife Marianne; sisters June Morgan and husband David, and Donna Becker; father and mother-in-law, Patrick and Marilyn Kulewsky; sister-in-law, Kathy Petras; and brother-in-law, Mark Kulewsky and wife Sherri. Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews and additional family in the United States, Italy and Sicily.
At Bill's request, he will be cremated, and a Celebration of Life service will follow at a later time, date to be determined.
Those wishing to honor Bill's memory may do so by making contributions to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens "In Memory of William E. Becker," http://napleszoo.org, 239-262-5409; or Massachusetts General Hospital, Fund 028184 or by website http://www.angiopathy.org/support.html, or mail to: Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, Attn: Shawn Fitzgibbons, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA, 02114-1101
Published on January 20, 2018