Robert Lewis Beckman

Robert Lewis Beckman, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, surrounded by family at his home in Brighton, N.Y.

He was born on May 15, 1926 in Westfield, N.Y., to Earl and Aileen Beckman.

Robert grew up in Westfield. During World War II his family moved to Washington, D.C., where he graduated from high school, after which he immediately joined the U.S. Navy to be trained as a naval pilot. He attended Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering in 1951 and Harvard Business School, where he received a Master’s in Business Administration in 1954.

Robert’s career took him and his family across the world living in Indonesia, India, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. In 1986, Robert and his family moved back to Western New York, where he worked as the finance director of Chautauqua County for 15 years before retiring.

Robert married Ertem Merey in 1954, in Stillwater, N.Y. They were happily married for 59 years.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Earl; his mother, Aileen; a brother, Richard; and a daughter Renan.

Robert is survived by his spouse, Ertem of Rochester, N.Y.; two sons; Peter of Wakefield, R.I., and Orhan of Brighton, N.Y., and his grandchildren: Emily, Peter, Merai, Tayler and Renan.

A memorial service will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church, 141 East Ave., Rochester, N.Y., at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. In the summer, a memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 12 Elm St., Westfield, N.Y. at 1 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy at