Accomplished musician David John Becker dies at 58
Saturday 01 January 2022
David John Becker, 58, died surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Born August 9, 1963 in West Warwick, David was the son of the late William and Mildred (Case) Becker.
David is survived by his beloved son, Jace David Becker, his former wife and longtime friend Deborah Destino and his son Jack Graham (Jace’s half-brother), his devoted companion and caregiver, JoAnne Houde, his siblings, Janice B. Place (Philip), William Becker, Jr., and Ruth V. Iavarone. David was predeceased by his beloved brother and sister, James A. Becker and Suzan E. Campagna, and his niece, Erin Iavarone Bourage. David’s twelve nieces and nephews, their children, and countless close friends also mourn his loss.
An accomplished musician, notably on the guitar, but also on the keyboards and the violin, David has played with many groups and organizations. He recently performed with “The Smidge” and the RI Woodshedders, a musician club in Coventry, RI, where he was considered family. A night owl, he would play until the next morning, telling the others, “Just one more song.” He loved to create and record new compositions, a legacy he bequeathed to his son, Jace.
We will never stop missing and celebrating the life of David John Becker. He was full of kindness and love for others. He often ran errands for confined friends and brought them food and supplies, before and during the COVID pandemic. He had an incredible sense of humor, choosing irony in one life situation after another. His texts and messages often made his contacts laugh.
David did the dishes with a smile, albeit poorly, half-mended a lot of things, and forgot to do other things he should have remembered. Yet his family and friends are heartbroken to have lost this truly remarkable father, friend, companion, brother and uncle.
Jace recently described his father in relation to a particular multi-colored dahlia flower – “like a sunset with the beautiful little pom pom in the center”. He said, “It’s red, one of my dad’s favorite colors. And its look really captivates me. From a distance it might look so frenzied and shaggy, but when you look very closely, it’s actually a very chaotic, yet beautiful, pattern that keeps it all together. Anyone who knew David would agree that somehow he held everything together in his own way, with music and his love for others, all woven into the beautiful blossoming of his touching and memorable life.
Visitations will be on Monday, January 3, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick.
Due to concerns over COVID, the family respectfully requests that every visitor wear a mask.
Interment will be private.
Those who wish to donate in memory of David can choose Musicians on Call or another charity of their choice.