Peter Becker, M.D.

Peter M. Becker, M.D.

Saturday, May 24th, 1952 - Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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Peter M. Becker, M.D. of Fayetteville, NY, an avid lover of learning and aspiring master of all he learned about the world, politics, nature and people, died Wednesday, May 29, 2019. He was a voracious reader who had a passion for hearing and sharing different perspectives. He was a natural jokester who would reliably laugh at his own jokes and playfully “poke” others to initiate debate on current ­­events. He consistently advocated for inclusion, fairness and compassion.

Peter was born in Utica, NY to John A. and Barbara (Krayka) Becker. Raised by teachers, his thirst for knowledge was reflected in his educational path. He was a graduate of Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School.

Board certified in internal and geriatric medicine, he spent most of his career as a practicing physician with CNY Internists and Hutchings Psychiatric Center, and as Medical Director of Van Duyn Home and Hospital while it was owned by Onondaga County. He retired in 2014 but his passion for his work brought him back into the workforce shortly thereafter. At the time of his passing, he held part-time positions at PACE CNY and Clarity Clinical Research. He loved his work, and the people he worked with and cared for knew his care and advisement was of the highest quality.

Peter had a love of sports, especially Syracuse University basketball, football and lacrosse. As a season ticket holder, you would often see him attending Orange basketball games at the Dome with his dear friend Stan Wojciechowski.

His leadership was felt throughout the community as the founding president of the Jamesville Dewitt Youth Athletic Association (JDYAA) where he coached youth basketball and lacrosse. He was known for his bellowing voice and his fairness to all. His players will remember his love for bounce passes and his introduction of the “Mad Dog” award for the lacrosse player on his team earning the most ground balls. Never concerned by a loss, he always framed it as a way to learn and grow as a team.
Peter’s legacy is best seen in the redesign of the family cottage, which could only be realized with the help of his best friend Jay DiFulvio.

Skaneateles Lake was where Peter met his perfect partner and wife of 37 years, Annette Lindemer, whose family camp was just two doors down from his. They both loved the lake and you could often see them rowing together or just enjoying days with family and friends. It was too soon that he died suddenly at the age of 67 while rowing on the lake he loved.

Loved ones that cleared the path for Peter are his father John and his beloved son Mark. He is survived by his mother Barbara; his wife Annette; his sons Eric and Brian (Meaghan) and grandson Theodore; brother Gary (Bernadette); and sister Sharon Rogner.

Calling hours will be held at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 East Genesee St. Fayetteville, NY on Tuesday, June 4, from 4-7 PM. A memorial service will be held at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 96 East Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 AM.

Donations may be sent to Skaneateles Lake Association, Inc., PO Box 862, Skaneateles, NY 13152.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel
    7191 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 11:00am
    St. James Episcopal Church
    96 East Genesee St.
    Skaneateles, New York 13152
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Kurt Stege

Posted at 08:18pm
Peter was a very important part of a floor of freshmen guys in my dorm at Dartmouth College. He had a wonderful and frequently expressed sense of humor but still kept his focus on academics, at least during the week. Those were some wonderful months of growth for all of us, never to be repeated. I don't believe our paths crossed after graduation in 1974, but that doesn't diminish the close bond I still feel. His death is all the more poignant because of the years I spent moving backward in a rowing shell.
Kurt Stege, Class of 1974

Mary Martha Collier Rice

Posted at 06:30am
My sincere condolences to Dr. Becker's lovely wife Annette and to the family. I had the privilege of working under Dr. Becker in the Behavioral Care Unit BCU at Van Duyn from 2000 to 2007. I have only just recently commented to colleagues in the area of Hospital Chaplaincy about Dr.Becker and what a positive impact he had on me. He exemplified the utmost in professionalism with a beautiful blend of humanity, compassion, humor and the ability to really think outside of the box in problem-solving. He taught me much and helped so many patients. He always wished he could have done even more and always persevered searching for solutions. Much love and many prayers to Annette and sons. Martha Collier Rice

sjheila thompson

Posted at 12:21pm
Dr. Becker was a great man/doctor, he was one of the doctors at my job, sometimes when I looked down the hallway all I could see was Dr. Becker taking long quick strides walking down the hall carrying that huge shoulder bag hair flying at the top of his head and his expression deep in thought, I sometimes had to stop him to say "well good morning doctor, where is the fire", and would jokingly say "stop and smell the flowers doctor" he would laugh and then say something like "where is such and such I need them in their room to check them out today their on my list" I'd remind him to slow down and say "good morning doctor" with a great big smile he'd smile and huff and puff but eventually say "good morning Sheila, now where is such and such" LOL he often listened to my concerns when it came to the care I provided to his patients that were on my team and under my care, and when it came down to some things that I did not understand he took the time to explaine them to me (not that he owed me that) he just did it automatically, he really valued my opinions and ideas and included ME in his plan of care for particular patients, not many doctors tend to value an LPN's opinion or include them in anything, he never treated me as someone lesser than himself he treated me as an equal, You will be greatly missed, my condolences to your family and friends.

Sheila Thompson

margot e anderson

Posted at 05:40pm
To Annette and family. My condolences to you and your family. So sorry to hear about Peters passing. He will truly be missed.
Margot, Zachary and Connor Anderson

bonnie abend

Posted at 12:17pm
We are so sorry for your loss. He was mine and my family's doctor for many years. Just a wonderful, caring and compassionate doctor. He was truly missed when he retired. We were lucky to have known him.
Mark and Bonnie Abend

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