Mr. Rudolph 'Rudy' W. Beckert, Jr, age 70, of Lebanon Rd., Bethany CT & Cotuit, MA, passed away at his home on May 18, 2009. Rudy is the husband of Eleanor Salvestrini Beckert; father of Michael Louis Beckert & his wife Pepe of Bethany, Rudolph 'Rudy' W. Beckert III & his wife Cindy of Madison, Alabama and Valerie Esther Strange & her husband Jeffrey of Cheshire; grandfather of Craig & Taylor Strange and Sarah & Patrick Beckert and brother of Malcolm Beckert of Tucson, AZ and Alan Beckert of Tulsa, OK. Born in New Haven on November 7, 1938 Rudy was a son of the late Rudolph W. Beckert Sr. & Esther Barbash Beckert. Rudy received his BA Degree at Indiana Tech and his Masters Degree from Rennselear University. He was a program manager for the Blackhawk Helicopter, employed at Sikorsky Aircraft for 38 years as an Aeronautical Engineer. In his many years with Sikorsky, Rudy was involved in many designs and patents for the company. He was Chair of Trustees and Historian and sang in the choir for the Bethany First Church of Christ Congregational, elected to the Zoning Board of Appeals of Bethany and former Boy Scott Leader for Troop 1 in Bethany. Rudy was an avid traveler and outdoorsman; loved reading and was a devoted family man and friend. Friends may visit with his family on Friday, May 22, 2009 at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden from 4 to 8 PM and may attend a Celebration of his Life on Saturday at 11 AM in the First Church of Christ Congregational, Bethany. Officiating will be The Rev. Dr. Mary Lou Howson & The Rev. Donna Ives. Interment will be private. Contributions in Rudy's memory may be made to The First Church of Christ Congregational, 511 Amity Rd, Bethany, CT 06524.

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  1. Dear Eleanor & Family, Words cannot express how very sorry we are for you and your family. Rudy and you are very special to us and we will miss him and his smiling face always. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Love, Les & Jean

  2. Dear Val and Jeff, So sorry to read about your dad this morning. We know how hard it is to lose a parent and wanted you to know we are thinking of you guys during this painful time. We also know how much it helps to be surrounded by people who support you and love you. Take comfort in that. Our prayers are for you, Beth and Don Hunt

  3. I was so blessed to have met you all, I feel like you are my family. Mr. Beckert was a great man, and a compassionate man. Please stay in touch. Love, Brenda

  4. My condolences to the Beckert family at your loss. I worked with Rudy at Sikorsky for most of his 38 years. He was a fine engineer in every sense of the word. He was also a gentleman, quiet spoken with a quick wit and a friendly smile. I am proud to call him my friend. I know all his colleges at Sikorsky will miss him greatly.

  5. No words can express how heart broken I am at this time. Although I only had known Rudy for a short time, in that time I became a better person for just the privlege. Rudy and Eleanor always made me feel welcome and special in their caring ways. My sincere wish is that Eleanor and his family will feel his presence daily and God will bless them throughout their days. Peace and love, Gail Theroux

  6. Rudy lived very near my home in WH and I used to visit him at his house. I remember that his Dad had an AC Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab which was the envy of every kid in the neighborhood. Jim Univ. of Maryland

  7. Rudy will truly be missed by all. His ethics, professionalism and above all his friendship cannot be replaced nor forgotten.

  8. Rudy will truly be missed, he was a long time friend with many good memories that will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

  9. The children and I all remember many happy times at the Beckert household. I shall miss seeing Rudy’s smiling face here at work and catching up with him about our children. We all send our love and sympathy to Eleanor, Val, Mike and Rudy.

  10. The most giving people I know are Rudy and Eleanor Beckert. One cannot say enough about their committment to the church family. His smile and quiet presence will be greatly missed. It is a comfort to know he will always be with us as we continue on our faith journey. Deepest sympathy to Eleanor and the family. We are here for you always. All our love, Donna, Andy, Drew, Rob, and Katy

  11. Val and Jeff, I am thinking of you with sympathy,caring,warm friendship and love. Val, may your dad’s love continue to be with you and may your lasting love for him help heal your grieving heart.

  12. Dear Val and Jeff Ron and I were so very sorry to learn of your Dad’ passing. We will keep all of you and your family in our prayers. Much Love & Sympathy Ron & Linda Milici

  13. I would like to offer my condolences to your family.In just the short time that I knew Rudy he touched my life. I am so happy that I got the chance to meet him and your family.

  14. Our deepest sympathies to the Beckert family. We had the great honor of having Rudy as our teammate on this major project for the past few years. His graciousness,friendly smile, professionalism and passion for the cause will be greatly missed. God Bless You, Rudy.

  15. Uncle Rudy will be sorely missed. He was always there for me with no hesitation, like a father. I love him and will miss him with all my heart.

  16. We are so sorry to hear of Rudy’s passing. He was a truely wonderful person. Our love to you all.

  17. You are my older brother. You are the smart one, the one who made something of himself. You were the strength of our family, keeping it together. You will be deeply missed.

  18. Dear Auntie Eleanor, I am truly sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved him and he loved you. I want you to know I love you and pray for you.

  19. I was my privilege to know Rudy and Eleanor for a short time when serving as their Interim Pastor. Rudy was a good and faithful man, with a keen mind and a heart warmed by faith and his love of others. His passing is a great sorrow. May you, Eleanor, and your family, be given a lively sense of God’s loving presence at this time and in the days ahead. With sympathy, Louise

  20. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Rudy’s family. I had worked with Rudy for a number of years on the MH-60K and I have to say that he will always be remembered for his professionalism, integrity and technical ability,Rudy was a true gentleman. God be with you, Ed

  21. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this dificult time. Michele Griffith

  22. Rudy graduated with me from West Haven High School in 56 and I also worked at Sikorsky Aircraft where I would see him .around the campus.. All the way back in Freshman year of high school, he was one of the most pleasant and nice guys. He will be missed in this world.

  23. Mrs. Beckert,Michael,Rudy,Val and families~ So sorry to hear about Mr. Beckert. My family lived on Lebanon Road from 1971-2001. Dmitri and Ian, my brothers, knew you well. I have fond memories of those days. May God bless you and and keep you safe during this sad and difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  24. My thoughts and prayers are with Rudy’s family. I only met Rudy a few times through his cousin Bobbie and remember him as a wonderful caring man. I know how much she loved him and know that he is watching over all of you now.

  25. Rudy was truly a kind, helpful man and a remarkable human being. It was a honor to know him, be taught by him, work with him at Sikorsky and look forward to seeing his smile and warm hand shake when he came back to us after retiring. Rudy was always there for everyone. He will be sorely missed and I consider it a personal priviledge to have been coached by such a remarkable man during my early years at Sikorsky. My sincere condolences to the entire family, Dave

  26. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Rudy when I first started at Sikorsky. He was one of my favorite people. Always had a kind word and a smile on his face. I pray for piece and harmony for your family at this difficult time.

  27. I worked occasionally with Rudy at SIkorsky, both pre and post retirement. I did not know him well, but it was always a pleasure to talk with him. He was a true professional who did not get distracted by ego or others emotions. I am sure that you were very proud of him. My condolences to you.

  28. I worked with Rudy at Sikorsky and he was always provided great assistance when needed, and was a true professional. Rudy will definitely be missed!

  29. It was my privilege and pleasure to know and work with Rudy during a portion of my time at Sikorsky. He was a real gentleman, and it was my good fortune to have known him. Sincerest condolonces and best wishes to his family. Charlie

  30. Sadly, I just learned of Rudy’s passing this morning. Although I knew Rudy only a short time, I recall his gentlemanly ways, always fair and level-headed amidst the chaos. I’m sure many of his Sikorsky friends will remember the late-night ‘chicken’ dinners that we shared with Rudy during our proposal work in Milford. God bless his family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  31. Val and Jeff, We were so sad to hear about the loss of Val’s father. Please know that we are thinking of you. Lots of love to you and your family.

  32. We are all very saddened by Rudy’s passsing. I had the great pleasure of knowing Rudy for 20 yrs at Sikorsky – he was always positive and a man of great integrity and respect. He will be deeply missed. Our sincerest condolences to his family…

  33. I knew him when he was program manager for MH-60K helicopter, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him on this project. I will miss him.

  34. Rudy was a true gentlemen and never had a bad thing to say about anyone, he will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.

  35. I like all of us share the sadness in the passing of my friend Rudy Beckert. I remember back 25 years when I first met Rudy on a trip to Singapore and Malaysia. Over the many years we traveled together working Black Hawk Middle East campaigns I truly leaned the real professionalism and dedication of this wonderful man. May God bless Eleanor and family at this difficult time.

  36. Rudy was a dear friend and mentor who counseled me as I also made a transition from the Enegineering Department, moving into Sales at Sikorsky (a long time ago). I could always count on words of advice and support from Rudy, coupled with a smile that seemed never to leave his face. I will miss him dearly. May God bless his family for having shared Rudy and thank them for being the reason for Rudy’s never ending smile. Rick

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