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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
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Derek Becker

Derek R. Becker

Friday, August 27th, 1999 - Sunday, December 20th, 2020
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Obituary

COHOES - Derek R. Becker, 21, died tragically Sunday, Dec 20th, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Born in Albany, August 27, 1999, son of James Becker and Mindy Dugan. Derek was a 2017 graduate and standout athlete at Cohoes High. After high school, Derek received a baseball scholarship for Iona College, played middle infield for the Gaels for several years, and transferred to Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla. to play his remaining eligibility years for the Seahawks, playing in the NAIA college division.
Baseball was Derek's passion, a true lover of the game, beginning as a child, thru Little League, Babe Ruth, Summer travel teams and the Cohoes High School Tigers, where he earned league first team all star status, along with first team all Times Union small school selection for 2016 and 2017 seasons as a infielder. Derek was respected by his coaches, fellow players and opposing coaches, for his hard work , dedication, always a fierce competitor and a solid young man.
When he was born, his parents named him Derek, and over the years, he tried to emulate his favorite baseball all star, Hall of Fame retired NY Yankee Derek Jeter, and wore the same numbered jersey, # 2, and played the same position, shortstop as his idol.
Derek had a world of friends, enjoyed his family's summer vacations, and had a knack of creating memories for all to remember him by.
Survivors in addition to his parents include his loyal brother Tyler, his uncle Todd (Louise) Dugan of Guilderland, aunt Amanda Blair (Don Rogers) of Cohoes. Also survived by great grandfather Richard Martini of Albany, several aunts, uncles cousins, friends, coaches and teammates from years past. Derek was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Robert Marsh (Pop) and Debbie Becker and maternal grandparents Michael and Vicki Blair.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Dec 28th at Church of the Holy Trinity, 112 Vliet Blvd, Cohoes, with burial to follow at Memory's Garden. Due to Pandemic guidelines, a limited number of friends may attend, along with social distancing and mask wearing. Derek's Funeral Mass will be on live stream at www.holytrinitycohoes.org (click on live stream Mass button).
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Sunday, Dec 27th, from 3 - 6 PM, again with COVID-19 guidelines (social distancing/mask wearing/no long length visit).
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a future scholarship to be established at Cohoes High School in the name of Derek R. Becker, to a deserving athletic graduating senior. Please forward to Mindy Dugan, 116 Spring Hollow Dr, Cohoes, NY 12047.
During this difficult time, family and friends are encouraged to visit www.devito-salvadorefh.com for directions and to leave condolences, and share photos and special memories they have to Derek # 2.
Arrangements by DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Mechanicville.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 27th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, December 27th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Church of Holy Trinity
    Address
    112 Vliet Blvd
    Cohoes, NY 12047
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  • Service

    Monday, December 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, December 28th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Church of Holy Trinity
    Address
    112 Vliet Blvd
    Cohoes, NY 12047
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  • Interment

    Location
    Memory Gardens
    Address
    983 Watervliet Shaker Road
    Colonie, NY 12205
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AnnMarie DiCamillo-Quartironi

Posted at 08:33pm
Mindy and Jim I am so sad to hear about Derek. He was such a great baseball player and such a great young man. I truly enjoyed knowing your family for the first year Derek played college ball and the last year Joe played. I can’t imagine how hard this is for you! I want you to know that you did such a great job making Derek the young man he was! We are so happy that we got to know you and Derek and you will always be part of our hearts!!
CF

Chris Flint

Posted at 09:02am
Mindy and Jim I was shocked and saddened to learn of your tragic loss of Derek. The pain you must feel is unimaginable to me. You and your families are in my prayers. May Derek rest in God's peace. With deepest sympathies, Chris Flint
MG

Marie Gorman

Posted at 05:48pm
Hard to put into words how sorry we are for your loss. Derek will always be a special part of our lives. To know him was to love him. We will miss him terribly. Xoxo
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tryoung@dcbrands.com

Posted at 11:30am
Derek was one of my all time favorite. During the summer Brett and Derek helped me around the house moving 26 yards of mulch and 20 tons of rock. I told the boys I like my mulch beds puffed up around the edges. Later on I came outside and Derek was puffing up the edges by hand and asked me, is this good Mr Young? I told him Absolutely Derek. He was a hard worker, the best shortstop in the area, so respectful, a gem of a kid and man did he have, Fiiiiire in the Bellllyyy! Mindy and Jim you’ve done good! We loved your kid. He will always have a special place in the Young’s hearts.
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tryoung@dcbrands.com

Posted at 11:26am
Derek was one of my all time favorite. During the summer Brett and Derek helped me around the house moving 26 yards of mulch and 20 tons of rock. I told the boys I like my mulch beds puffed up around the edges. Later on I came outside and Derek was puffing up the edges by hand and asked me, is this good Mr Young? I told him Absolutely Derek. He was a hard worker, the best shortstop in the area, so respectful, a gem of a kid and man did he have, Fiiiiire in the Bellllyyy! Mindy and Jim you’ve done good! We loved your kid. He will always have a special place in the Young’s hearts.

Attached are some great pictures. NEBC Championship in Northboro, MA. 2020 Pandemic Easter in Richmond with one of Brett’s VCU Teammate’s parent’s house. Derek one more time for you pal...Fiiire in the Bellllyyy! I know many like to say RIP. I like to say, RIIH, Rock it in Heaven! No resting Derek, Rock it in Heaven #2. Love ya man....🔥❤️#2#2#2
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