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HAROLD BECKWITH


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HAROLD BECKWITH Harold Joseph "Pat" Beckwith, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 18, 2015, at the age of 84. Everyone knew him as "Pat," a nickname given to him as a child by his mother. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Bernadette Beckwith; and his siblings, Doris Casella, Russell Beckwith and Ronald Beckwith. He is survived by his wife, of 55 years, Elizabeth; his children (and their spouses), Francis Beckwith (Frankie) of Woodway, Texas, James Beckwith (Kimberly) of Las Vegas, Patrick Beckwith (Paige) of Dayton, and Elizabeth Wuebben (Patrick) of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and his grandchildren, Dean Beckwith, Dylan Beckwith, Riley Beckwith, Devin Beckwith, Darby Beckwith, Sophie Beckwith, John Paul Beckwith, Camilla Beckwith, Michael Wuebben, Frances Wuebben and Phoebe Wuebben. Pat was born May 25, 1930, in Willimantic, Conn. His family moved to the neighborhood of Astoria in Queens, N.Y. a few years later. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he and his parents opened up the New York City diner, Pat's Luncheonette. While managing that establishment, he also worked, along with his brother Russell, as a busboy at the famous Stork Club in Manhattan. In 1956, he enrolled at St. John's University (New York), where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree in public accounting. It was at St. John's that he met his future bride, Elizabeth Guido. After graduating from St. John's, he worked as an accountant at Bache & Company in New York. In 1967, he and his wife and children moved to Las Vegas. Over the course of three decades he held executive and managerial positions at a number of Las Vegas establishments, including the Fremont, Caesar's Palace, the Thunderbird, the Stardust, the Aladdin, the Sands, the Landmark, the Dunes, and the Four Queens. In the late 1970's, he and his wife and brother, Ronald founded Sweets of Las Vegas, a company that offered gourmet candy and arrangements. He served a term as president of the International Association of Hospitality Accountants, Las Vegas Chapter, and was a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors since 1965. After retiring from the Four Queens in 1996, he and his wife began what they had thought would be a modest tax consulting business. But by just word of mouth and reputation, it became highly successful, as the client list increased exponentially each year. Pat possessed a rare combination of quick wit, humor, native intelligence, and an authentic affection for people, that made everyone in his presence feel at ease. They sold the business in 2007. Pat was an active parishioner of St. Viator Catholic Church, where he served in the 1970's as president of the Parish Council and general fundraising chairman for the New St. Viator Church. He also loved sports. He played semi-professional football as a halfback in 1947 for the Astoria Falcons, and was an avid booster of UNLV basketball and a fan of his beloved Dodgers (especially when they were in Brooklyn). A gifted writer and artist, he often composed poems individually tailored for family, friends, and special events. Although a larger than life figure with a remarkable array of gifts, his most impressive accomplishment was as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, with rosary at 7 p.m., both at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at St. Viator Catholic Church, 2461 E Flamingo Road. Burial will immediately follow at Palm Memorial Park-Downtown.
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