Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA


Ernest Anderson Beckley

May 28, 1942January 7, 2020

Ernest Anderson Beckley passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the age of 77. Born in Harrisburg, PA on May 28, 1942, he was the son of the late Ernest & Gladys (Anderson) Beckley. Ernest grew up in Palmer Township, PA before moving to Scarsdale, NY and graduating from Scarsdale High School. After high school he attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where he graduated with a degree in History. He then went on to earn several Master’s degrees from Farleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University. Ernest was a High School Social Studies Teacher at Spotswood High School in Spotswood, NJ for many years. At Spotswood High School, he was President of the teachers union, Chair of the Model United Nations and was awarded teacher of the year for the state of New Jersey. Ernest had a passion for the outdoors, he loved to go fishing and camping in the Rockies and Poconos. In his spare time he also enjoyed golfing.

He was the loving father of Allison Goldstein & her husband Adam of Walpole, cherished grandfather of Gavin Goldstein, and devoted brother of Thomas Beckley of PA and the late Neal Beckley.

At the request of the family, all services will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the home of Allison & Adam Goldstein in Walpole on Thursday, January 9 from 4-7PM.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in his name may be donated to Mass Audubon Society, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.


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Richard Skelly

January 14, 2020

Mr. Ernie Beckley was a great educator, great storyteller and easily the most impactful, innovative and influential teacher I had in my time in Spotswood Public Schools. He was a unique soul and our friendship continued into my college years at Rutgers and beyond, and we shared many fun-filled rounds of golf together.
He touched hundreds of lives and hundreds of high school age kids with his insights and wisdom. College prep kids like me were aided by his wisdom, but even more so, he turned around the directions of many kids' lives, kids who weren't so privileged or kids who were kinda lost and in danger of going astray. His impact on hundreds or even thousands of young peoples' lives is too big to easily measure.

Darren Carroll

January 10, 2020

Mr Beckley was one of the best!
He had a special way of brightening your worst of days. I looked forward to his classes, which was very rare for me.
He was always funny, caring and kind. May he rest in peace.

Pat Bodak

January 9, 2020

I taught with Ernie at Spotswood High School. He was always quick with a laugh, had many funny stories, and the guy you would want to sit with at meetings or lunch. He was loved by his students, knew how to make history come alive , and was well respected by his peers. You will be remembered by many

Joann Lizura-Hauck

January 9, 2020

Mr. Beckley was my favorite teacher. After graduating, a friend and I went to see a band at a local pub in East Brunswick. I bumped into this man and I turned around to say "excuse me" It was Mr. Beckley. He was with a very pretty lady and he asked me not to call him "Mr. Beckley, call him Ernie." It felt strange, but not because he was a really great friend/teacher. He was also my class teacher. Senior class trip was awesome! RIP Mr. Beckley. You were very much loved.

Tobi LaPittus

January 8, 2020

He was my Social Studies teacher in Spotswood HS; he ran an interesting and open class. I will always remember him.

Michelle Cutler

January 8, 2020

Deeply saddened to hear of his passing. As did many of his students, I thought he was an amazing teacher and person. May his family find comfort in comfort in good memories and knowing he mad a lasting impact on many people.

Jody Ostrander

January 8, 2020

Mr.Beckley was my favorite teacher in high school..his passion for history made it very easy to learn and enjoy..he will be greatly missed!!!

Becky Shoblock

January 8, 2020

To one of my favorite teachers ,mentor,friend, you inspired my desire to continue my education and love of history
You believed in my aspirations ,endeavors and valued my education . From writing the school paper to having me participate in mun you were a wonderful teacher . One of my favorite educators in school thank you for believing in me. May you rest in peace.
My condolences to all.

Kenneth Meade

January 8, 2020

Mr. Beckley was a great teacher. He made history fun. He was loved by all his students. He will be missed.

Gerard Cappella

January 8, 2020

I attended Spotswood high school, Mr Beckley was my History teacher and was the one teacher who made a lasting impression on me, I to this day Love everything to do with History it was my favorite subject. Thank you Mr. Beckley