Arthur L. Beechert, Jr
Arthur L. (“Beech”) Beechert, Jr. died on February 9, 2015 at
the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Born in Queens, New York on
August 20, 1925, the son of the late Arthur and Mae (Cody) Beechert. He was
educated and graduated as a member of the Senior Arista Honor Society from
Richmond Hill H.S. in 1942.
Having moved from New York to Connecticut to Cape Cod and
finally South Deerfield fifteen years ago. Beech always felt that South
Deerfield was the nicest and friendliest town he ever lived in.
Beech joined the US Navy and served in the Submarine Service as
a torpedo man aboard the USS Kingfish during World War II. He was discharged in
He was a member of the US Sub Vets of World War II and of US Sub
Beech attended Pace College on the GI Bill, graduating with a
BBA in Accounting in June 1950. Hired by Felt & Tarrant Mfg., he sold
comptometer business machines for ten years, rising to both branch and Regional
Manager. The balance of his career was as Regional Manager for Victor Temps and
Olsten Temporaries. He ended his career as the owner of his own company
Beechert Executive Placement until his retirement in 1990.
Beech played semi pro baseball for ten years in the Queens
Alliance. He was an All Star and was offered a minor league contract by the
Dodgers (he was hitting over .500 as a singles hitting left-handed first
He was predeceased by his wife of 20 years, Joyce (Schuh)
Beechert who died in 2003 and his partner for 30 years, Lois Duncan who passed
away in 2007.
Beech is survived by his loving daughter Debora Lichtenberg and
son-in-law Andrew of Pelham, Mass. and two grandsons Drew of Washington D.C.
and Nick and his wife Alison Bennett of Los Angeles, CA. He also leaves
brothers Jack and Dan and their families as well as the family of his sister
Joyce (who he was closest to while growing up) who died in 1988.
After a Veteran’s Farewell at the Soldier’s Home, final
arrangements have been made with the Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield.
Donations may be made to the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, Mass.