Deacon Gregory J. Beckel

1947 ∼ 2018

george shoner wrote:

I knew Greg from our days together in the 102nd at Otis. A true "Officer and a Gentleman" - rest easy, Deacon!

Marrianne Woodell of Forestdale MA wrote:

A true gentleman who will be missed.

Candy Lavoie wrote:

My late husband Allan and I first met Greg and Beth in 1973 when we moved in next door to them in Mashpee, Mass. Our friendship developed and continued from then on, raising our families and Greg and Allan flying F-106s at OTIS AFB. When you are blessed with good friends they are severely missed. God Bless!

Jackie Soltys of Mashpee,Ma wrote:

I was going to write R.I.P but after reading Greg’s obituary he has much to do in his new role of “ intercessor” for us all in the Heavenly Kingdom. What a honor to have known him at Christ the King and join him at the nursing homes to bring Communion to the patients. In spired by Greg,does not even touch the admiration I have for him. He was and is a true Christian Man, whose light shall shine forever. My condolences to his family, relatives and friends In sympathy, Jackie Soltys Mashpee, Ma

Cassie Doble of Falmouth Ma wrote:

I have had the pleasure of knowing Deacon Beckel for a long time. He visited my grandfather in the hospital when he was sick. Visited me and my daughter in the hospital the day she was born. Deacon Beckel was an amazing person and a true inspiration and follower of God’s word. He will be deeply missed and my prayers are with his entire family ❤️

Jenn Lavoie Gallton of Springfield, VA wrote:

I was saddened to hear of Greg's passing. I have such fond memories of our families spending time with one another when we were young. May God wrap you in his loving arms during this time and always.

Mike Nickerson of Mashpee wrote:

I knew and worked with "Deacon" at the 102nd. A finer Officer and Gentleman there never was. Rest easy sir.

Pamela Thompson of Falmouth, Ma wrote:

God bless you all reading this . I heard of Greg’s passing this weekend and was so shocked and saddened. Greg was such a great leader of our Bible Study group at Falmouth Hospital ,where he encouraged all of us with his knowledge, his sensitivity ,his kindness and interest in all of us ! Greg touched our lives deeply and Bible studies will never be the same . Greg was the real deal, such a gifted and wonderful man ! I was blessed to have known Greg and my prayers are for all his family. Pamela Thompson

Phillip H Burgess,CMS of Pocasset wrote:

Know that there are many who share in the hurt of your loss. God be with you and your family at this time.

Maryellen Loucks of W. Barnstable wrote:

John met Greg well over 20 years ago doing business at the Base...then through Christ the King and more recently we were able to see his precious earthly gifts on full display through our mutual involvement in ECHO of Cape Cod. "Well done my good and faithful servant" must have been his greeting in heaven. May HIS immense love wrap your family in his loving arms as you grieve for your husband, father and grandfather. God Bless. Maryellen and John Loucks

Sean O’Brien of Charlotte, NC wrote:

Greg was the first pilot I met from the 101 Fighter squadron, and assuredly was helpful in gaining membership for myself in that great group of fighter pilots. Thanks Deacon! “If I’m not here at battle’s end, and I don’t return to home. I’ll be flying through these azure skies, eternally free to roam.”

Rev. Josie Paolini of Pocasset, MA wrote:

My father and I had the distinct honor of working with Greg on a weekly basis in the Chaplaincy Department of Falmouth Hospital. To say the wind was knocked out of us with such news is an understatement. We've lost a dear friend. I've personally lost a sincere and zealous example of a comfort care giver who imparted much wisdom to me. He was and will continue to be loved. Our deepest prayers for his beautiful family - He spoke your praises often with a gleam of warmth in his eye.

Maria Sheppard of Cotuit MA wrote:

A gentle soul I was privileged to know. Rest in the peace and light of our Lord. God bless and keep you.

Martina - RN FH wrote:

so sad to hear.... I saw deacon last Friday at the FH chapel. I was sitting there studying when he came briefly in. He was just putting his prayer artifects into the cabinet at the end of his day....We spoke few words he always gave everyone big smile ....we wished each other nice weekend ahead (he sadly never lived through it)....he then left....I might have been incidently the last person to see him in the FH chapel.... R. I. P.

Lisa Fischer of Mashpee MA wrote:

Deacon Greg thank you for your service and your ministry. Well done my faithful friend. You will be missed by so many lives that you touched. Thanks for making a difference. You will be missed. May God comfort and give strength to your family. We were blessed to have you in our lives JMSTJILYSS

MGen (Ret) John Haack, USAF of Sandwich, MA wrote:

Greg was one of the best people I have ever known: smart, dedicated, loyal, unflappable, humorous and, most of all, kind.

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Mary Clare Casey of East Sandwich wrote:

Beth and family, How fortunate was I to see Greg about a week ago after he had finished playing racquetball at Sportsite. We were able to catch up and chat, and he told me of all the wonderful things going on with family. Beth, Greg was a rock for me when I went through some difficult times many years ago. And then I had the good fortune to know you both through CCD and Christ the King. I am so sorry that he is no longer here on this earth, but I have no doubt that he is everywhere in spirit, walking with you and the many others he knew over the years. He so loved his family as he always talked of you first. You are in my prayers. Sending you comfort and the grace of God. Mary Clare (Dinizio) Casey

Fred E Wadsworth of Teaticket, MA 02536 wrote:

We were members of the 102 Fighter Wing. As Deacon, he offered prayers and kindness to me when injured. Sad for his passing, but proud to have known this wonderful person, and man of God.

Patricia Nolan of East Falmouth, Ma wrote:

As an employee of Falmouth Hospital, I became familiar with his face in the halls. But it is only recently, as a patient, that I was warmed by his friendship and good humor. An incredible loss to his family, I am sure. So very sorry.

Tom King of Brewster MA wrote:

I was a volunteer at Cape Cod Hospital and was fortunate to be with Greg both as a lay person serving Communion and in the Hospital as a patient on several occasion. Greg was special as he had a wonderful compassion for all that he worked with. He was a gentle giant and loved by all. I am glad I met this very special man. God bless you Greg and rest in peace. Tom King

Susan French of BUZZARDS BAY wrote:

I am so sadden to hear of the passing of Greg. He worked with my late husband Glenn at Otis. I was so honored to have him participate in his funeral mass. My thoughts amd prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May God give you the guidance you need at this time.

Monk & Faith of Holyoke, MA wrote:

We send our love and prayers to you and your family in this very sad time. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Kimberly Scudder of Mashpee, MA wrote:

I am so very sorry for your loss and ours. I had the pleasure of working with Col "Deacon" Beckel at the 102IW and then with Deacon Beckel at Christ The King with the formation class. I have always admired his deep commitment to his faith and his love for his family. I will miss him. Keeping you all in my prayers. Kimberly Scudder and family

Carolyn Lucas of Mashpee Ma wrote:

Knew him in the 102d and was a kind and patient officer and a genuinely nice man. Rest in peace Deacon.

Peter & Laraine Michaelson of Mashpee, MA wrote:

What a loss for all left behind but such a blessing to have known such a remarkable man. You will be missed Deacon Greg. There is truly a hole in the world tonight. May you have eternal peace.

Amy Johnson of Centerville MA wrote:

Deacon Greg and Beth helped raise me in my faith and for that I am so grateful. I have fond memories of altar serving with deacon Greg who always had a calming presence when I forgot what to do. He was a spiritual director on one of my ECHO weekends and I enjoyed getting to know him better through the team meetings. Going to mass will not be the same as I will still feel like he should be there on the altar. I’ll have to look to the sky now for his wisdom, especially when I see a jet. Many prayers to Beth and family.

Brenda Anderson of Mashpee wrote:

So sorry for your loss, Greg was such a nice man,I saw him everyday at Falmouth Hospital, always saying hi to me passing by on the 1st floor to see the patients. He will be so missed by many, God be with you and your family at this time of loss.

Bob Maffei of Mashpee wrote:

My deepest condolences to the Beckels. I will always remember all of us looking up to him as kids because he was the first fighter pilot we ever knew... Rest In Peace Mr. Beckel and God bless your wonderful family.

Bill, Lucia, Bri, and Garth FitzPatrick of San Antonio, TX wrote:

Beth, we were very sad to hear of Greg's passing; you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You and Greg were a significant part of our church lives - choir, CCD, Sunday evening Mass and his homilies; which extended into our daily lives. His friendship, mentoring and shared stories of family, friends, and the MassGuard will be truly missed. We will always remember his infectious smile and his compassion, he made sure you counted as a person. Our lives are enriched and blessed for having you both as our friends.

Annette &Barry; Carnow of Savannah, Georgia wrote:

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John Miller of Mashpee MA wrote:

A supremely fine gentleman who made a difference. As will his memory. RIP. Condolences to his family and countless friends.

Don of E. Wareham wrote:

Greg wss a fine pilot and man full of spirituallity. Condolences to his family. RIP

Rie Mooney of E. Falmouth, MA wrote:

Greg: Thank you so much for being a constant example and witness for us. We will remember your help and guidance as we pray for you throughout the coming years...

Philip Lawrence of Kansas City, MO wrote:

I went to school with Greg from kindergarten through high school in Le Sueur, MN. He will be missed by his fellow graduates of his parochial grade school, St. Anne's School, & his Le Sueur High School classmates of the 1965 graduating class. I was even on the track team & in the senior class play with Greg. Unfortunately, we lost contact with each other after that but I never forgot Greg. My best to his family at their loss.

Jerald (Jerry) Beckel of Madison Lake ,Mn. wrote:

My brother,James and I (Jerry) are 2nd or 3rd cousins to Greg Our condolences to all of you! We remember playing together with Greg at family events as kids as well following his career Are news and updates came from his proud parents Sonny and Annette As well talking about the rest of Greg’s siblings We will keep all of you in are prayers It would be fun if are paths would cross and meet? May God Bless all of you Thanks. Jerry Beckel