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January 10th 2013
A return and a farewell

John becker in better times awards MISS student Cloe Andersen As many readers would have noticed, Magnetic Times has been out of action over the Xmas new Year period. It wasn't intentional but due to a severe illness in the family. Your editor has been in Melbourne with brother David who we hope and believe is starting to slowly recover. But as I return to my desk it is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of a colourful and much-loved Islander, John Becker who succumbed to a brain tumour on December 17 2012.

In a short note from his wife and devoted partner, Allyson, we learned that, "John was born on 10 August 1939 in Wickepin, WA. He served for 20 years in the army, then went teaching for another 20. We moved here in November 1999."

For an insight into this highly intelligent man's attitudes and life and the astonishing prescience he displayed in a speech at the start of the Gulf War, see our article: John Becker: A veteran speaks out (read here)

Allyson told Magnetic Times, 'He's being cremated and I'll organise a small ceremony for him in January to scatter his ashes. He particularly asked that there be no formal funeral, but that we have a "knees-up" to celebrate his life.'

Magnetic Times and John's many friends across the Island and through the RSL, are, no doubt, looking forward to that celebration.

George Hirst

Photo of John Becker with MISS student Cloe Andersen from 2007. John represented the RSL who recognised student achievement with a number of awards at the annual Magnetic Island State School Graduation nights.

A return and a farewell
Steve Lane
January 10th 2013
What a lovely guy. John was a bright light with a gregarious personality who always gave me a giggle. Sad loss, wishes to his family.
January 10th 2013
feeling sorrow at the passing of dear john becker.such a brave and generous man,and always funny.he gave so much to this community in the 13 years he lived here.he will be missed by many.
Pat Trewin
January 10th 2013
Our farewell to John will be held at the RSL Memorial Hall on Saturday 19th January, commencing at 5pm. All friends of John and Allyson, as well as all our Sub-Branch members, are invited to attend to remember this wonderful and unique man.
Patricia MacQueen
January 10th 2013
Farewell John AS YOU R.I.P.
Sending positive thoughts and prayers to his wife Allyson to help you through this very sad time....
January 10th 2013
So sorry to hear of John's passing - he was very interesting and entertaining to talk to and had some great philosophies worth hearing. He was an asset to the RSL and to our lives. RIP John Becker.
Mark Tull
January 10th 2013
RIP Major. My apologizes for the farewell. Please pass on my very best, and I hope you all have no shoes on when you have your knees up! Great mate, sadly missed.
Barbara Gibbs
January 11th 2013
A great loss to the cultural centre of the island community. Beautiful wit and humour, brilliant mind, always finding the positive side of life, right to the end. A definite no shoes event...he wouldn't have it any other way(: A year of many endings on the island and in many of our lives...topped off by the loss of the jovial John and the just as witty Tony Greig.
January 14th 2013
John, you were a groover with a great bookshelf.

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