James Robert Beckett Jr., “Bob,” passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Bob was born June 6, 1940, in Wilmington. He grew up in St. George’s, later moving to Rehoboth Beach.
As a teenager Bob worked for Dentino’s Sport Center and Lynam/Catts Beach Service. In 1959 Bob graduated from Lewes High School. He attended Lindsay Wilson College and then transferred to the University of Kentucky where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Upon his graduation from the University of Kentucky, Bob moved back home and spent one year teaching in Elkton, Md., before deciding to attend Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law.
In 1967 Bob moved to Germany and worked for a dental practice that served the U.S. Armed Forces. After several years in Germany, Bob moved to San Francisco where he accepted a position as clinical director working for a state-funded dental practice for underprivileged children. Eventually, Bob decided to return to teaching. His teaching career spanned over 20 years and included schools in both San Francisco and Oakland. His passion, dedication and pride in his students were evident in every conversation he had throughout his teaching career.
When Bob wasn’t teaching he enjoyed time spent at the Russian River with friends, trips to the park with his three dogs Jessica, Eliza and Sonji, watching 49ers football and the occasional weekends in Tahoe. Bob loved traveling, one of his favorite destinations being Thailand.
Bob was predeceased by his father James R. Beckett; mother E. Alberta Veazey; stepfather Samuel B. Veazey; and brother Samuel E. Veazey. Bob is survived by his brother Jack Beckett (Kristen); brother Don Veazey (Gina); two nieces, Michelle Beckett El-Soloh and Sherry French (Albert); a great-niece Blair Hill; and many extended family members.
All services will be private. As a way to honor Bob the family suggests donations to The Brandywine Valley SPCA, Georgetown Campus, Bethel United Methodist Church, Lewes, or Beebe Healthcare.