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ALBANY — Karl Becker, a mechanic who ran his family unit’s century-old customized truck fabrication and restoration business whereas elevating his craft into a philosophy of existence, died surrounded by way of his family on Jan. 14 of an aggressive melanoma. He was eighty four.

Becker become the third-era household proprietor and president of J. Becker and Sons, which made a successful transition from horse-drawn carriages to customizing gigantic diesel vans. His grandfather, Jacob Becker, a German immigrant and blacksmith, dependent a shop in 1896 on lower Quail highway that built wagons and sleighs.

His son, Carl Becker, took over and moved the business to Broadway in North Albany right through a boom in industrial truck hauling. Becker’s grandson, Karl, all started working at the truck garage as a youngster in the early Nineteen Fifties and labored there until he sold the enterprise and retired in 2013 following the death of his spouse, Susan Gersten-Becker.

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